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Championship roundup: West Brom slip up in Championship promotion race

Championship roundup: West Brom slip up in Championship promotion race
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Brentford are three points behind West Brom after Said Benrahma's double at Derby.

West Brom dropped points in the battle for the Sky Bet Championship title after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Blackburn on Saturday.

Filip Krovinovic volleyed Slaven Bilic’s side ahead just before half-time and the Croatian should have added to his tally not longer after the break.

He smashed against the woodwork from close range and it came back to haunt the visitors when substitute Joe Rothwell fired home two minutes after he was introduced in the 61st minute.

The result keeps West Brom second behind Leeds on goal difference, with the leaders in action at Swansea on Sunday.

Brentford moved back above Fulham into third after Said Benrahma hit a brace in a 3-1 win at Derby.

Ollie Watkins opened the scoring for the visitors at Pride Park after three minutes, but Jason Knight equalised to ensure it was level at the break.

Benrahma put Brentford back in front when Ben Hamer allowed his tame effort to go in with 49 played and the former Bees goalkeeper had no answer again when the attacker rifled home from range 15 minutes later to seal the points.

Nottingham Forest had to work hard to earn a point at Preston thanks to Lewis Grabban’s 20th goal of the season.

Lewis Grabban scored his 20th goal of the season for Nottingham Forest in their 1-1 draw at Preston
Lewis Grabban scored his 20th goal of the season for Nottingham Forest in their 1-1 draw at Preston (Nick Potts/PA)

He netted from the spot after five minutes but Jayden Stockley cancelled out his effort 10 minutes later and that was how it finished at Deepdale.

Bristol City made it two wins from two under Dean Holden with an impressive 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough after Nahki Wells struck twice.

Andreas Weimann was on top form at the Riverside and had a hand in Wells’ two efforts, which sandwiched a fine team goal from Jamie Paterson.

Britt Assombalonga pulled one back for Neil Warnock’s side with eight minutes left, but Boro remain in trouble.

Wigan picked up a point at bottom club Barnsley after a goalless draw despite having Daniel Fox sent off in the 71st minute.

Hull missed the chance to move out of the bottom three with a 1-0 defeat at home to Millwall.

Ryan Leonard found the net for the away side after two minutes and it proved the difference at the KCOM Stadium.

Charlton remain in trouble after George Puscas scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after three minutes at the Valley to hand Reading a 1-0 win.

Reading’s George Puscas, centre, netted from the penalty spot at Charlton
Reading’s George Puscas, centre, netted from the penalty spot at Charlton (John Walton/PA)

The Addicks were left unhappy with the decision to penalise Deji Oshilaja for a foul on Andy Rinomhota and even more so when Chuks Aneke had a goal ruled out. Lee Bowyer’s side are only a point above the bottom three.

Sheffield Wednesday inflicted another defeat on QPR after they stormed to a 3-0 triumph in west London.

Mark Warburton’s side have struggled since football restarted and goals from Dominic Iorfa, Josh Windass and Jacob Murphy helped Garry Monk’s team clinch all three points.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLeeds UnitedLeeds46289977354293
3Brentford462491380384281
4Fulham4623121164481681
5Cardiff CityCardiff4619161168581073
6Swansea CitySwansea461816126253970
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461816125850870
8Millwall461717125751668
9Preston North EndPreston461812165954566
10Derby CountyDerby461713166264-264
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn461712176663363
12Bristol City461712176065-563
13Queens Park RangersQPR461610206776-958
14Reading461511205958156
15Stoke CityStoke46168226268-656
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461511205866-856
17Middlesbrough461314194861-1353
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield461312215270-1851
19Luton TownLuton46149235482-2851
20Birmingham CityBirmingham461214205475-2150
21Barnsley461213214969-2049
RCharlton AthleticCharlton461212225065-1548
RWigan AthleticWigan461514175756147
RHull City46129255787-3045

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