In terms of the game of the Championship season, and of the competition, Sheffield United looked to grow in strength and in confidence the heavier their last pressurised final stage went on.
Sheffield United turned to be a real force in title race as they battered their opponents Nottingham Forest and Hull City this Easter holiday, Chris Wilder’s side retaining the Championship top two place with victory 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
The Championship title bout had created a huge buzz all week as questions were asked about which opponents would stop Norwich City in this division at the latter stage. And of course, the fierce beast will to win. However, they have got a four-straight draw spell, including the 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Monday. There was added spice given the whole Canaries team will not meet any top four in run-in before the last match day encounter with Aston Villa.
Bielsa’s side who sit third paid the price for a defensive horror show at the Griffin Park that leaves their hopes of qualifying for the automatic promotion via the second-place in Championship hanging in the balance.
It is their latest setback in which the Whites suffered costly in run-in but they could eventually reach the Play-off in mid-May if other results did go their way. They now fell behind the second-placed Sheffield United by three points after their defeat to Brentford while the Blades earned a victory over Hull City with a comprehensive 3-0 rout. Brentford’s Sergi Canos took advantage of more woeful Leeds defending to make it two when stand-in leftback Ezgjan Alioski is limped off after twelve minutes. The Bees successfully frustrated the Yorkshire’s side again when Neal Maupay scored a penalty in their last meeting. He was also on target yesterday and denied their promotion hope in the race of top two finish. Can anyone in the White’s camp stop their downfall in next two games?
Championship Result: 22 April 2019
Club in bold is winner
Aston Villa 1-0 Millwall
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Bolton Wanderers
Derby County 2-0 Queens Park Rangers
Hull City 0-3 Sheffield United
Ipswich Town 0-1 Swansea City
Nottingham Forest 3-0 Middlesbrough
Reading 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United 1-3 Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Bristol City
Stoke City 2-2 Norwich City
Wigan Athletic 2-0 Preston North End
Brentford 2-0 Leeds United