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EFL Championship Game Week 7 Roundup

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Bielsa’s Leeds show “bottle” in London:

An 89th-minute strike from on-loan winger Jack Harrison earned Leeds a 1-1 draw at The Den. The draw means Leeds are one point clear at the top of the table and remain the only unbeaten side in The Championship. After a scrappy first half, Millwall took the lead ten minutes after the break when a long throw landed at the back post and was coolly half-volleyed home by Jed Wallace. Injury-ravaged Leeds survived a late scare when Millwall substitute Tom Elliot’s header hit the post.

Elsewhere, Derby’s winning run was ended at Rotherham United with Tom Laurence and Frank Lampard both being sent off for the Rams. Irish under 21-star Ryan Manning converted a second-half penalty to ensure it was a trip to Yorkshire Frank Lampard won’t forget in a hurry. Stoke’s dismal start to the season continued as they squandered an early two-goal lead to draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Scottish international Barry Bannan’s sumptuous 20-yard free kick secured the draw for the Owls.

Boro slips up at Norwich while Brentford moves into second place:

Finnish centre-forward was the hero for the Canaries as he poked home in the 58th minute to score his fourth goal in five games and secure Norwich’s second league victory of the season at Carrow Road. Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul produced a great late save from Martin Braithwaite to deny Tony Pulis’s men a share of spoils. Marley Watkins came off the bench to score a bullet header for Bristol City and inflict the first loss in four games for Sheffield United. The 1-0 loss at Ashton Gate means that the Blades remain in the play-off places and are now three points behind their Yorkshire rivals, Leeds.

Neal Maupay scored a brace for Brentford who comfortably beat 10-men Wigan Athletic to move into the automatic promotion places. Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsey was sent to the stands for the Latics who fall into the bottom half of the table following the two-nil loss. Irish international Conor Hourihane produced a sublime injury-time left-footed free kick to save a point for Aston Villa at Ewood Park. Bradley Dack produced an exquisitely improvised flick to score Blackburn’s goal with 15 minutes remaining. Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce will be buoyed by his side’s tenacious fighting spirit while Blackburn who were promoted last season, look as though they will be not be involved in a relegation scrap.

Reading edge five-goal thriller at Deepdale:

Paul Clement finally saw his Reading side claim a league win at the seventh attempt of trying when they won 3-2 away at Preston. A late winner by midfielder Leandro Bacuna gave Reading their precious first win of the campaign. Preston played well and will consider themselves mightily unlucky to lose as they head to Elland Road to face Leeds on Tuesday night. Swansea and Nottingham Forest produced a dull scoreless draw at the Liberty Stadium. It was a game devoid of meaningful scoring chances and will not live long in the memories of those who were there to witness it.

Ipswich remains in the last place in the table after they lost 2-0 at Hull. The win meant that Hull avoided a club record seventh consecutive home defeat. Welsh playmaker Jarrod Bowen gave the home side the lead after three minutes when he superbly dinked the ball over the outrushing Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken. Jackson Irvine ended the comeback hopes of the travelling Ipswich fans when he poked home the second Hull goal in the 89th minute. QPR inflicted a 2-1 home defeat on Bolton Wanderers to end a bad week for the Lancashire outfit. Bolton was close to slipping into administration during the week and after this loss, now drop to tenth in the league standings. This was QPR’s first away win of the season, and Steve McClaren’s team have now taken seven points from the last nine available. On loan forward, Naki Wells was the star of the show as he played a vital role in both of Rangers goals. A 70th minute Josh Magennis free-kick squirmed under the arms of QPR goalie Joe Lumley to give the Bolton fans a glimmer of optimism. However, the West Londoners held on to take the spoils.

I am a thirty-something, long-suffering Leeds United fan from Dublin. I have a long-standing love-hate relationship with the beautiful game. But at the end of the day, I couldn’t imagine my life without my weekly dose of football. To kill my boredom, I frequently watch Roberto Baggio goal compilations on Youtube; I highly recommend this practice!