Date: 6th February 2017 at 8:59am
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The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend.

Newcastle’s win coupled with Brighton’s draw saw the leadership change with the Magpies now leading the way. Rotherham, Wigan and Blackburn are the sides currently facing relegation.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other games played.

Results

Friday 3rd February 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday 19:45

Saturday 4th February 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley 0-0 Preston North End 15:00
Birmingham City 1-0 Fulham 15:00
Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 15:00
Bristol City 1-0 Rotherham United 15:00
Burton Albion 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00
Cardiff City 0-1 Norwich City 15:00
Ipswich Town 2-2 Reading 15:00
Newcastle United 1-0 Derby County 15:00
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Aston Villa 17:30

Sunday 5th February 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Leeds United 12:00
Brentford 3-3 Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00

The action got underway on Friday as Wigan missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone when a two game winning run ended against Sheffield Wednesday. This 1-0 Wednesday win at the DW Stadium took the Owls back into the play-off zone.

Saturday’s win for Newcastle at St James’ Park saw Steve McClaren’s return with Derby end in a 1-0 defeat. Victory took the Magpies back to the top of the table ahead of Brighton – who didn’t play until Sunday – by a couple of points. Albion’s draw cut that lead to a point.

Barnsley and Preston recovered from midweek defeats but a 0-0 draw at Oakwell didn’t do much to help either sides push towards a potential play-off spot come the end of the season. The Tykes are now four points adrift of the top 6 with North End seven back.

Gianfranco Zola finally collected his first win as Birmingham boss to ease the pressure on him. Fulham’s bid to remain in play-off contention suffered a blow with this 1-0 loss at St Andrew’s leaving the Cottagers six points off the play-off places.

An important first win in four was collected by Blackburn at Ewood Park. Rovers’ added time goal secured a 1-0 victory against QPR but wasn’t enough to take them out of the relegation zone but ensured they remained just three points from safety. Having won three in a row previously the R’s have now gone four without a win.

Having ended a losing run with a draw in midweek Bristol City followed that up with a 1-0 win against Rotherham at Ashton Gate. It kept the Robins three points above the relegation zone with the Millers now 15 points – effectively 16 with their poor goal difference – from survival.

Burton won for only the third time in the last 10, which was enough to keep them out of the relegation zone. Wolves suffered a second defeat in three meaning they remain in relegation trouble and just seven ahead of Paul Lambert’s former club Blackburn.

Four of the last seven had been won by Cardiff but a defeat against Norwich meant three of these last four games ended in defeat for the Bluebirds. The Canaries’ 1-0 win made it three in a row keeping them just three off the top 6.

The recent Ipswich run has seen results follow a trend. A 2-2 draw at Portman Road kept such a sequence of defeats and draws going. Reading missed the chance to close the gap on the automatic promotion places after dropping two points against the Tractor Boys.

Nottingham Forest grabbed an added time winner against Aston Villa to come from a goal down to win 2-1 at the City Ground. Victory made it three from the last four for Forest to move them well clear of relegation trouble. Villa’s poor form continued with them now without a win in six with four of these games lost.

A third successive win – four in the last five – took Huddersfield above Leeds into 4th. After this defeat – as Town came back from a goal down to win 2-1 – the Whites lost for a second time in four on Sunday lunchtime.

A six goal thriller at Griffin Park where Brentford were pegged back from two goals up by Brighton rounded off the action. An added time third had the Bees ahead again and looked as though it had gained the points before an even later equaliser from Albion saw the game end in a 3-3 draw. That wasn’t enough to take the Seagulls back to the top of the league though with Newcastle now holding the advantage.

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