Championship final-day round-up: Defeats for play-off chasing Derby and Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City hit Rotherham United for five

7 May

Middlesbrough secured promotion to the Premier League with a draw over ten-man Brighton – click here for the report


Meanwhile, Burnley’s 3-0 win at Charlton confirmed Sean Dyche side’s Championship title in a game marred by protests – more here

Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Reading

Paul Lambert was given a winning send off as Blackburn beat Reading 3-1 in their final game of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Elliott Bennett opened the scoring with a volley on eight minutes – his second for the club – and Danny Graham’s controlled effort six minutes later set the hosts on their way. Yann Kermorgant’s third of the campaign – an unstoppable free-kick – gave the visitors a lifeline but a quiet second half was ended perfectly for Lambert’s men as Simeon Jackson tapped in a third.

Blackburn end the season with a second consecutive win – against the team that inflicted the first defeat of Lambert’s reign.

Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham City

Russell Slade’s tenure as Cardiff manager ended with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham in the SkyBet Championship.

Slade, who will move into a new head of football role over the summer, saw his side fall behind to David Cotterill’s low drive in the 11th minute, but Anthony Pilkington’s close-range finish ensured a share of the spoils at Cardiff City Stadium.

Derby County 0-1 Ipswich Town

Derby suffered a worrying blow ahead of next week’s Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final when George Thorne was stretchered off in the 1-0 defeat to Ipswich at the iPro Stadium.

The influential holding midfielder appeared to damage a knee during a Derby attack late in the game which was won by David McGoldrick’s first-half penalty. 

Fulham 1-0 Bolton Wanderers 

Fulham ended a disappointing campaign on a high as they disposed of relegated Bolton 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

A Tom Cairney curler was enough to separate the two sides in a game the West Londoners were on top throughout and left the visitors without a win on the road for the season.

Huddersfield Town 1-5 Brentford

Scott Hogan continued his stunning return from injury to seal Brentford’s seventh win in nine games with a crushing 5-1 victory at Huddersfield.

Hogan struck a second-half double to take his tally to seven goals in four matches. The former Rochdale striker had been sidelined for 18 months with a recurring knee injury but his return to fitness has coincided with Brentford’s powerful end to the season.

The Bees claimed one of the quickest goals of the campaign when Sergei Canos scored after just 21 seconds. Jamie Paterson equalised just after half-time but Hogan’s quick-fire brace followed by others from his replacement Lasse Vibe and fellow substitute John Swift completed the demolition.

Hull City 5-1 Rotherham United

Hull warmed up for a Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final meeting with Derby with an emphatic 5-1 win over Rotherham at the KC Stadium.

Fans protested against owner Assem Allam for a second successive home game, holding up red cards ahead of kick-off. Lee Frecklington gave Rotherham the lead before Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez, Jake Livermore and Mo Diame hit back as Hull finished the first half in dominant fashion. A second goal from Livermore after the break completed the scoring.

Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Nottingham Forest

Britt Assombalonga came off the bench to score his first goal in almost 15 months as Nottingham Forest condemned relegated MK Dons to a 2-1 home defeat in their Championship swansong.

After Chris Cohen handed Forest the early lead with his first goal since September 2013, Nicky Maynard levelled for the hosts after 20 minutes. Danny Fox saw red for Forest after 37 minutes but MK Dons could not capitalise and Assombalonga’s first goal since returning from a serious knee injury secured all three points.

Preston North End 1-1 Leeds United

Jordan Hugill’s stoppage-time equaliser secured Preston a 1-1 draw against Leeds at Deepdale.

Hugill profited from a defensive mistake to fire in the leveller after Chris Wood’s 78th-minute penalty appeared to be giving Leeds victory in what could be Steve Evans’ final game as head coach. 

Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Bristol City

Karl Henry scored a superb winner as QPR ended their season with a 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Loftus Road.

Henry, whose contract expires this summer, struck in the 64th minute, curling a right-footed shot from near the edge of the penalty area beyond goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and into the top corner of the net.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Wolves ended their home hoodoo as they secured a 2-1 Skybet Championship win against play-off bound Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux.

Kenny Jackett’s side’s 360 minutes home goal drought came to an end after seven minutes, thanks to an own goal by Michael Turner and Wolves then doubled their advantage through George Saville in the 35th minute.

Lewis McGugan capped an improved second-half display by Wednesday with a last-minute penalty but Wolves held off their late flourish to record their first home win since beating Bristol City 2-1 on March 8.

Results in full

Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Reading

Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham City

Charlton Athletic 0-3 Burnley

Derby County 0-1 Ipswich Town 

Fulham 1-0 Bolton Wanderers 

Huddersfield Town 1-5 Brentford

Hull City 5-1 Rotherham United

Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Nottingham Forest

Preston North End 1-1 Leeds United

Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Bristol City

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

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