Championship roundup – West Brom fight back to ward off Barnsley shock


The West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic said his team were caught out playing “sexy football” before they came back to draw 2-2 against Barnsley.

The Baggies rescued a point to remain two points clear at the top of the Championship and deny the Yorkshireman a first win since the opening day of the season.

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Championship roundup: West Brom fight back to avert Barnsley shock

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Cauley Woodrow scored two first-half goals to leave Albion facing the prospect of a first home defeat since February. But Bamba Diaby’s own goal after 68 minutes and a header from Matheus Pereira nine minutes from time sealed a comeback and meant it was 16 points the Baggies have saved from losing positions this season.

“Considering everything that happened during the game, especially in the first half, it’s a fantastic point for us,” said a relieved Bilic.

Championship roundup: West Brom fight back to avert Barnsley shock

“We were trying to play key balls like assists when the situation was nowhere near ready to play them. We were trying to rush things too much and play sexy football, things like that.”

Leeds could have gone top if the Tykes had pulled off a shock win, but Marcelo Bielsa’s side also had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Preston. Tom Barkhuizen fired the home side in front at Deepdale and Leeds were grateful to substitute Eddie Nketiah for heading home the equaliser with three minutes remaining.

Sheffield Wednesday were the biggest beneficiaries of none of the top three at the start of the evening managing a win, a 1-0 victory over Stoke lifting them to third in the table. Massimo Luongo scored the only goal just before the interval.

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Asked about his side’s lofty league position, the Wednesday manager, Garry Monk, said: “The table means nothing to me and the boys that are here.”

Swansea fell from third seventh after losing 3-0 at home to Brentford. The Bees manager, Thomas Frank, believes his team are building momentum: “We talked about this at the start of the season. New players coming in and finding their way, we knew it would take time to settle in.

The new Millwall manager Gary Rowett watched from the stands as his side drew 2-2 with Cardiff in an entertaining game at the Den.

The visitors took the lead after 12 minutes when Danny Ward headed home from close range but Tom Bradshaw fired in an equaliser just before half-time. Junior Hoilett curled in his side’s second after 57 minutes but Bradshaw levelled for the second time with 13 minutes remaining.

The Cardiff manager, Neil Warnock, was unimpressed. “It is probably the most frustrated I’ve ever been this season, and there have been one or two moments,” he said. “It is scandalous really. I just don’t know what to say.”

QPR and Reading also shared four goals at Loftus Road, where Nahki Wells drilled the home side in front after 29 minutes, only for George Puscas to equalise two minutes later.

A deflected shot from Jordan Hugill put QPR back in front in the second half but Sam Baldock’s 74th-minute tap-in meant the spoils were shared.

Goals were harder to come by at St Andrew’s, where Maxime Colin’s close-range header gave Birmingham all three points against Blackburn in a 1-0 triumph.

Southend failed to impress new manager Sol Campbell as they finished with nine men as they lost 7-1 at home to Doncaster. Campbell was appointed before the game but watched from the stands as Ethan Hamilton was dismissed after six minutes. 
Wycombe failed to move above Ipswich and into top spot in League One as they drew 1-1 away to Blackpool. Wycombe moved level on points with Ipswich who remain top on goal difference. 
Bristol Rovers slipped away from the play-of picture as Bolton picked up their first league win in 19 games, their 2-0 victory coming courtesy of Luke Murphy and Daryl Murphy. 
Sunderland moved up to seventh with a 5-0 win at home to Tranmere, while Rochdale defeated MK Dons 2-0 and David Templeton got the only goal as Burton won at home to AFC Wimbledon
John Marquis got the only goal as Portsmouth edged Lincoln and Shrewsbury drew 1-1 with Gillingham.
In League Two Crewe goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen saved a stoppage time penalty to preserve his side’s two-point lead at the top in a 0-0 draw with Colchester, while Cheltenham jumped up three places to second as they extended their unbeaten league run to eight games with a 3-0 home win against Macclesfield.
Forest Green moved into the third automatic promotion place as second-half goals from Jack Aitchison and Liam Shephard, in time added on, secured them a 2-0 win at Morecambe. Bradford, second overnight, dropped down to fourth after a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Port ValePA Media