Championship round-up: Sheffield Wednesday beat Cardiff to guarantee play-off place

30 Apr

Sheffield Wednesday booked the place in the Championship play-offs as a Gary Hooper brace saw off rivals Cardiff City at Hillsborough.

The seventh-placed Welsh side went into the clash needing a result against sixth-place Wednesday to keep their hopes of creeping into the play-offs alive.

But, in their penultimate fixture of the campaign, they have just fallen short, as the Owls struck twice to bag their spot in the post-season finals.

With the first-half ending goalless, former Celtic and Norwich striker Hooper broke the deadlock on 64 minutes on the rebound, before capitalising on a blunder from Cardiff ‘keeper David Marshall to force a second.

It was Hooper’s shot, but replays showed a touch from Cardiff man Lee Peltier meant it was an own goal.

But Hooper soon rounded off the win with his brace strike – deftly chipping over the goalkeeper in stoppage-time.

With leaders Middlesbrough having played on Friday, the other top-of-the-table contenders Burnley, Brighton and Derby all playing on Bank Holiday Monday and the three relegated club already decided, there was little to play for in the afternoon’s remaining games.

But it was a good evening for some of the bottom-half clubs, with Charlton and Bristol City sealing morale-boosting wins.

There was a goalfest at Ashton Gate as Bristol fired four past Huddersfield, with the win seeing them rise above their opponents into 18th place.

Joe Bryan scored a goal and provided two assists in a fine performance. He first teed up Jonathan Kodjia in the first-half, before slotting home himself to give the Robins a healty lead in their final home game of the season.

Kodjia scored again from long-range to make it 3-0, and Lee Tomlin completed the victory with a neat finish late on.

Charlton, meanwhile, resisted a Leeds comeback to come away from Elland Road with a 2-1 win.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored for a second successive game to put the Addicks ahead, with Ademola Lookman making it 2-0 shortly after the break before Sol Bamba pulled one back for the hosts with a late header.

Elsewhere, Ipswich claim their first win in eight games as Luke Varney’s late winner earned a 3-2 victory over already-relegated MK Dons, while Scott Hogan scored twice to lead Brentford to a 3-0 win over Fulham.

Preston beat Reading 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium thanks to Daniel Johnson’s stoppage-time strike.

Jermaine Beckford put PNE ahead in the second-half, but Stephen Quinn looked to have sealed a point with a 84th minute equaliser, only for Johnson to step up in the death to seal a dramatic three points.

Shane Duffy scored an early winning goal as Blackburn beat Rotherham 1-0, while Gary Gardner’s second-half free-kick earned Nottingham Forest a point as they were held at home by Wolves.

Championship results:

Brentford 3-0 Fulham
Bristol City 4-0 Huddersfield
Ipswich 3-2 MK Dons     
Leeds 1-2 Charlton
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Wolves
Reading 1-2 Preston
Rotherham 0-1 Blackburn


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