Championship: Burnley net late equaliser against Middlesbrough, Brighton remain in top-two chase and Charlton relegated

19 Apr

Michael Keane’s injury-time strike earned Burnley a thrilling 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw in a top-of-the-table clash with Middlesbrough at Turf Moor.

It looked like a 70th-minute goal from £9million striker Jordan Rhodes, his third in two matches after his match-winning brace at Bolton on Saturday, would see Boro extend their lead at the summit.

But Burnley boast the most potent attack in the division and they eventually found a way through the league’s meanest defence in the second minute of injury time when defender Keane bundled the ball home from close range

It extended the Clarets’ unbeaten run to 20 Championship matches and meant Sean Dyche’s team remain just two points behind Boro.

It was probably the result third-placed Brighton were hoping for as they moved level on points with Burnley after a comprehensive 4-0 home win against QPR. 

Anthony Knockaert and Jiri Skalak scored quick-fire goals either side of half-time to put Albion in the driving seat before a Connor Goldson header and another Knockaert strike ensured a fifth win in six games for the south-coast club.

At the other end of the table, Charlton’s goalless draw at already-relegated Bolton meant they will be joining Wanderers in League One next season.

Hull and Derby guaranteed themselves a play-off spot with away victories.

The Tigers fell behind to an early Jake Cooper header at Reading but goals from Abel Hernandez and Andrew Robertson saw them win 2-1.

Derby edged a topsy-turvy game at Bristol City 3-2. Johnny Russell put the Rams ahead but goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Bobby Reid turned the game on its head before half-time. Craig Bryson equalised for the visitors before a Tom Ince strike sealed victory for Darren Wassall’s side.

Sheffield Wednesday stay sixth after a 0-0 draw with MK Dons, who remain nine points from safety behind a handful of teams with three matches left.

Cardiff could still catch the Owls but their 2-1 defeat at Brentford was a big blow to their hopes. Scott Hogan’s late double did the damage for the Bluebirds but Kenneth Zohore replied two minutes from the end, however it was too little too late.

Goals from Sol Bamba and Toumani Diagouraga saw Leeds beat Wolves 2-1 at Elland Road. George Saville pulled one back for the visitors.

Greg Cunningham’s late effort earned Preston a point at Birmingham as it finished 2-2. Clayton Donaldson’s double had the Blues in control before Alan Browne halved the deficit and Cunningham levelled.

Ipswich needed an injury-time goal from Jonas Knudsen to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham, who had led through Moussa Dembele’s 66th-minute strike.

It was also 1-1 at the City Ground as Dexter Blackstock and Danny Graham got on the scoresheet in a draw between Nottingham Forest and Blackburn.

Nahki Wells cancelled out Greg Halford’s opener for Rotherham as Huddersfield earned a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium to cement their Championship status.


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