Championship Review - Dec 28-30

Last updated : 01 January 2015 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator

Going in to 2015 at the summit of the Championship are AFC Bournemouth who comfortably managed to see Millwall off with a 2-0 away win at The Den. Goals from Kermorgant (32nd min penalty) and Arter 10 minutes later proved to be more than enough as other chances came and went for the Cherries. Millwall had Williams sent off for a cynical foul in the 80th minute and are still waiting for a shot to register as being on target. Millwall 22nd, AFC Bournemouth 1st.

Ipswich Town closed the gap on the Cherries on Tuesday evening as they managed to see Charlton Athletic off at Portman Road with a 3-0 win. Goals from Smith (31st min), Murphy (59th min) and McGoldrick (91st min) proved too much for the Addicks. Ipswich Town 2nd, Charlton Athletic 13th.

Two points further back are Derby County who managed to beat Leeds United at the iPro Stadium. A Mowatt own goal in the 41st minute was quickly followed by a Buxton strike just after the break to set the win up for the Rams. Derby County 3rd, Leeds United 20th.

After a recent wobble Watford are back on track following a 4-2 win away at Cardiff City despite Le Fondre giving the home side the lead in the 20th minute. Guédioura levelled in the 42nd minute with Ighaloputting the Hornets ahead in first half stoppage time. Guédioura extended the lead in the 63rd minute before Angella sealed the points in the 83rd minute to leave Jones to bag a consolation in the 91st minute. Cardiff City 12th, Watford 5th.

Despite the progress they've made in recent times, Brentford have hit a sticky patch, not helped with a 2-1 reverse at Wolves. Dicko gave the home side the lead in the 7th minute, and a Tarkowski own goal not helping the Bees cause in the 72nd minute. A Batth own goal in the 87th minute made for an interesting finish, but the home side held out for the points. Wolves 8th, Brentford 6th.

The mini-revival of Norwich City seems to have come unstuck as Reading managed to edge the Canaries out with a 2-1 at the Madj Stad. A Robson-Kanu penalty in the 25th minute was added to by a Cox goal in the 34th minute, leaving Johnson to score what proved to be a consolation in the 71st minute. Reading 16th, Norwich City 7th.

Sheffield Wednesday managed to edge out troubled Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium as Nuhiu bagged the only goal of the game in the 77th minute. Wigan Athletic 23rd, Sheffield Wednesday 10th.

Could Birmingham City be dark horses for a play-off place this season? Their cause was helped with a decent 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground as Cotterill (35th min) and a brace from Donaldson (38th and 45th mins) left Forest chasing teh game. Assombalonga bagged a consolation in the 91th minute. Nottingham Forest 11th, Birmingham City 14th.

The recent up turn in form shown by Bolton Wanderers came to an abrupt halt at the John Smith Stadium as Huddersfield Town managed to turn the game around to claim a 2-1 win after Pratley gave the Trotters the lead in the 1st minute. Butterfield (43rd min) and Wells (85th min) made sure that the points remained in Yorkshire. Huddersfield Town 18th, Bolton Wanderers 15th.

The up turn in Fulham's results came to a halt against struggling Brighton & Hove Albion as the Cottagers slipped to a 2-0 home defeat inflicted by the Seagulls. A Colunga penalty in the 60th minute was added to by a March strike in the 80th minute to help the Seagulls out of the relegation zone with their first win in 8 matches. Fulham 17th, Brighton & Hove Albion 21st.

Rotherham United looked to be heading for victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road after Ledesma gave the Millers the lead in the 57th minute. Telford denied victory with an 84th minute leveller. Blackpool 24th, Rotherham United 19th.

The only other game played saw Blackburn Rovers (9th) play out a 0-0 with Middlesbrough (4th) at Ewood Park.