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Championship roundup: Cardiff City leapfrog Fulham back into second place

Championship roundup: Cardiff back to second
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Cardiff City return to second place in the Championship table ahead of Fulham thanks to a 2-0 win at Hull City on Saturday.

The battle for automatic promotion from the Championship will go down to the final day after Cardiff City leapfrogged Fulham to return to second in the table.

After the Cottagers beat already-relegated Sunderland 2-1 on Friday night, the pressure was on the Bluebirds as they travelled to Hull City.

However, a brace from captain Sean Morrison at the KCOM Stadium ensured that Cardiff will join Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League if they match third-placed Fulham's result next Sunday.

In the playoffs, Aston Villa have earned themselves a fourth-place finish thanks to a 1-1 home draw with Derby County, who remain two points clear of seventh-placed Preston North End with just one game to go.

The Lilywhites remain in the promotion picture after Alex Browne's second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 win away at Sheffield United, a result which in turn killed off the Blades' own playoff hopes.

Other teams who have missed out on the chance to reach the playoffs are Brentford, who lost 2-0 at Barnsley, and Bristol City, who were held to a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.

Burton Albion gave their hopes of survival a huge boost in a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, edging the Brewers to two points of safety ahead of their final-day fixture at Preston while putting the Trotters into 23rd place.

Elsewhere, Norwich City claimed a 2-1 win over Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers won 3-1 at Birmingham City, Reading fell to a 4-0 defeat at home to Ipswich Town, and champions Wolves played out a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Results in full: Aston Villa 1-1 Derby County, Barnsley 2-0 Brentford, Burton Albion 2-0 Bolton Wanderers, Hull City 0-2 Cardiff City, Norwich City 2-1 Leeds United, Nottingham Forest 0-0 Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Birmingham City, Reading 0-4 Ipswich Town, Sheffield United 0-1 Preston North End, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166646301654
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough281210630201046
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183334-138
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2887133443-931
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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