Championship round-up: Brentford keep pressure on top two, Barnsley earn shock win over Blackburnjuin 30, 2020
Brentford moved within two points of the Championship automatic promotion spots with a 3-0 win over Reading.
Bryan Mbuemo, starting his first match since his positive coronavirus test ten days ago, headed the Bees in front from a well-worked corner after 23 minutes.
Brentford doubled their lead just after the hour mark when midfielder Josh daSilva scored from a rebound after his initial shot had been saved by Reading goalkeeper Rafael Barbosa.
Brentford moved within touching distance of the top two with a 3-0 win at Reading
Bryan Mbuemo (middle) headed the Bees in front midway through the opening period
Josh DaSilva’s second Joel Valencia (pictured)’s long-range third seal three points for the Bees
Substitute Joel Valencia, who replaced Mbuemo during the second-half, sealed the three points with a stunning long-range strike which flew into the top corner as the game entered stoppage time.
At the bottom end of the table, Barnsley picked up a shock 2-0 win over play-off chasing Blackburn Rovers to boost their surivival hopes.
Conor Chaplin’s 58th minute strike gave the Tykes the lead, before Blackburn’s Ben Brereton was sent of for a late challenge on Kilian Ludewig.
Barnsley moved off the bottom of the Championship table with a 2-0 home win over Blackburn
Conor Chaplin’s 58th minute header set the Tykes on their way over 10-man Rovers
Just minutes later, Jacob Brown slotted home a second for Barnsley to move them to just one point from safety.
Meanwhile, Millwall and Swansea both dropped points in their play-off push after battling to a 1-1 draw at the Den.
Mason Bennett gave the Lions the lead midway through the first-half with a close-range finish from Jed Wallace’s cross following a blistering counter-attack.
But the Swans levelled on 66 minutes after Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster’s free-kick cannoned off the bar but dropped in after hitting the back of Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s head.
Millwall were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea with Mason Bennett giving them the lead
The Swans equalised when Rhian Brewster’s free-kick forced an own goal off the Lions keeper
Gary Rowett’s almost regained the lead with three minutes to go but defender Murray Wallace’s header struck the base of the post from a corner.
Cardiff City missed the chance to get a tighter grip on sixth place with a 0-0 draw at home to lowly Charlton Athletic.
Neil Harris’ men could be leapfrogged by Preston tomorrow, but only if they win by a four-goal margin over Derby County.
It was a vital point for the Addicks, however, who move four points clear from the Championship drop zone.
Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic battled to a forgettable 0-0 draw in south Wales on Tuesday
Leeds United host Luton Town in one of the later games on Tuesday, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side looking to pull away from second-placed West Brom at the top of the table.
The other 7:45pm (BST) game sees Stoke City travel to Wigan Athletic is a relegation six-pointer near the bottom of the table.