A star from a new start
As the world stared in wonder at the first image of a black hole, some promising stars will born in Ipswich Town on Earth. Paul Lambert, a former Norwich City manager who led the Canaries back to Premier League that was key to securing their Tractor Boys and youngsters’ future in Portman Road even though they are relegated after earning a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City.
Aston Villa played under intense pressure in an emphatic second half to beat the Bristol City as the Queens Park Rangers snapped a eight-game winless streak to upset the Swansea City in Championship action yesterday.
The Aston Villa romped to 2-1 win and have now gone eight consecutive matches, dating back to 2nd March, without defeat in both home and away matches. Aston Villa have a 5-point advantage on seven-placed Middlesbrough. In Hawthorn, West Bromwich Albion cruised to a 4-0 victory, ending their 2-game 2-tier competition swing on a high despite missing rested James Morrison.
Derby County didn’t make it easy for the Bolton Wanderers and were in front at half-time. But the second-half was one-way traffic in Pride Park, with two goal after the restart igniting a four-goal blitz. Mason Mount was a hat-trick hero in this match.
An out-of-sorts Bolton Wanderers, missing injured midfielder Jason Lowe who was out due to his ankle injury, were in brink to relegation after blitz shattered their survival hope.
Middlesbrough were shaken off the challenge from Hull City as the Tiger now five point adrift from the sixth Play-off place.
Reading added another impressive milestone, picking up their 10th win of the season with 2-1 victory over Brentford.
Leeds United’s victory maintained a slender three-point lead over third-placed Sheffield United after defeating their arch Steel City rival Sheffield Wednesday and the Blades can only managed to get a 1-1 draw over the relegation-threatened side Millwall.
Elsewhere, Rotherham United couldn’t afford a negative result against Stoke City after none relegation rivals except Bolton dropping points. Blackburn Rovers edged out Nottingham Forest by 2-1.
Wigan Athletic and Norwich City will face key physical and mental tests as their Championship encounter kicks off on Sunday in DW stadium. The Daniel Farke’s side head to Championship next week needing just a 3-point to wrap up their title with three games to spare if they beat Wigan away from home.