Relegation fight go down to the wire
Lancashire’s Wigan Athletic recovered their puff after a shaky start yesterday, scoring two goals in their one-goal deficit comeback in a frenetic Championship clash in Elland Road. The win can relive some pressure of their relegation fight. It was the Latics’s second away win of the campaign. It leaves the race to the second automatic promotion place wide opened while Sheffield United have beaten 10-men Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 victory after Mark Duffy and Ends Stevens both finding the net.
In late kick-off, a huge performance from Mario Vrancic who came off the bench helped bring a change of fortune for Norwich City as they survived a late fightback to earn a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in Suffolk.
With the Championship having only three match days away, the Canaries have missed their midfielder Emiliano Buendia who served his last match ban due to his red-card sent off in QPR’s game and their forward Jordan Rhodes who is ineligible to face his parent club. They did not struggled initially in Carrow Road although they took the lead through Marco Stiepermann. However, the Owls later bagged one goal in each half and their attackers, Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher in lineup from Steel City gave the visitor side a nice one-goal cushion. The drama started until a closing stage. Mario Vrancic then slammed a superb freekick for Daniel Farke’s side to rescue a point as he finished with an extravagant drive on the pitch after his substitution call on 80-minute.
Last year Premiership team West Bromwich Albion, roared back with 2 goals after 2-1 down at hour mark, Dwight Gayle thrashing over after Todd Kane added two second-half goals to Tiger’s tally. It was a well-deserved victory in the Hawthorns for the Baggies, whose preparations was made perfectly by caretaker manager Jimmy Shan remaining in charge for the rest of the season.
Preston North End’s Callum Robinson demolished the Ipswich Town, the 24-year-old bag a double in first-half for himself. It set the Lilywhites up for a 2-0 half-time lead which they held until Manchester City loanee Lukas Nmecha struck with 2 goals to add more woes to Paul Lambert’s side.
Bolton Wanderers’ hopes of snatching a late survival dream were dashed when, with only 33 minutes remaining, the home side conceded their second goal to in-form Aston Villa. Now they are relegated after a 2-0 home defeat. The visitor consolidated their Play-off position in fifth by extending the margin to 6 points.
Oli McBurnie starred as Swansea withstood a spirited Rotherham United fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to dent Paul Warne’s side closing the gap from safety, while Britt Assombalonga hit winner for Middlesbrough.
Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovers’ striking partner delivered a win with both Bradley Dack and Danny Graham on target in Loftus Road. Derby, Millwall and Reading all shared a point apiece in the same match day. All Championship teams will return to action on next Monday.