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Sport Championship Review: Wolves return to winning ways, open gap to Villa

02:16  14 march  2018
02:16  14 march  2018 Source:   goal.com

Championship Review: Cardiff keep pressure on Wolves, Villa thump sorry Sunderland

  Championship Review: Cardiff keep pressure on Wolves, Villa thump sorry Sunderland Cardiff City racked up a fifth straight win to pile the pressure on leaders Wolves, with Aston Villa and Fulham also triumphing.Cardiff City moved three points behind Championship leaders Wolves with a hard-fought 2-1 win over struggling Barnsley on Tuesday.

The crunch game on Saturday evening is at Villa Park, where Aston Villa will be hoping to close the gap on Cardiff City as they host table-topping Wolverhamton Wanderers. A few weeks ago you would’ve said that Wolves will win the Championship with their eyes closed

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Wolves recovered from their humbling at Aston Villa to restore a 10-point gap to Steve Bruce's side, who were surprisingly beaten by QPR.

A much-needed 3-0 win at home to Reading allowed Championship leaders Wolves to pull away of the promotion-chasers again, while maintaining top spot ahead of Cardiff City.

Hull City picked up another big win at the bottom of the table, but Barnsley were held and Burton Albion lost on a dramatic evening at either end of the division.

WOLVES ARREST SLUMP

After a run of just one win in five league games – including a thrashing at promotion rivals Villa – Wolves rediscovered their groove against struggling Reading.

Browning returns to Merseyside after injury ends his season

  Browning returns to Merseyside after injury ends his season Everton defender Tyias Browning has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury. The 23-year centre-back has been on loan with Sunderland this season and has featured heavily for the relegation threatened Black Cats, playing in 27 Championship games. Browning sustained the injury during Sunderland’s midweek hosting of Aston Villa, where the former England Under-20 international was substituted on the half hour mark. Since then, it has been revealed that the injury is worse than what was originally thought. Browning will now leave Wearside to return to Everton to receive treatment. With Browning leaving Chris Coleman’s side, it could potentially open the door for fellow Everton loanee Brendan Galloway to pick up some minutes, with the former MK Dons youngster having struggled for game times this season.

Championship Review : Villa stun leaders Wolves , Cardiff close gap at top. Aston Villa produced a superb display to thump Championship leaders Wolves 4-1, while Cardiff City won a sixth successive game.

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Matt Doherty's brace and a goal from Benik Afobe kept Wolves three points clear of Cardiff at the summit, the Welsh club also winning – 3-1 at Brentford.

Both Wolves and Cardiff would have been encouraged by Villa's shock defeat at home to QPR, meanwhile, as the visitors blew Bruce's in-form outfit away.

A rare Jake Bidwell strike – his first in the league for QPR – secured a 2-0 lead that Luke Freeman stretched to three before James Chester's late consolation.

HULL SET FOR SURVIVAL

Nigel Adkins' Hull were the big winners at the bottom, building on their dramatic success at home to Norwich City with a 3-0 victory at Ipswich Town.

Efforts from Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen have the Humberside club now nine points clear of the drop zone as they look to avert a second consecutive relegation.

Things are not looking quite so rosy for Barnsley, who remain outside the bottom three but only by three points after Norwich's Josh Murphy cancelled out another Oliver McBurnie goal in a 1-1 stalemate.

Burton are in real trouble, having lost 2-0 at Sheffield United. The Blades kept their play-off hopes alive through Enda Stevens and starlet David Brooks.

Rice is shining light in Ireland debut .
Declan Rice was the shining light in a disappointing performance for the Republic of Ireland against Turkey today in the West Ham youngster’s debut appearance for the Boys in Green. Rice was alongside Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan and Wolves’ Matt Doherty in receiving his first cap, as Turkey won 1-0 at in Antalya courtesy of a Mehmet Topal goal. However Rice was a standout performer, with the 19-year old versatile Hammer turning in an assured performance on the left side of a defensive trio, moving into midfield later in the game. Filling in as an understudy while manager Martin O’Neill had several senior players out with injuries or through being rested, Rice will have given his boss food for thought ahead of further friendlies against France and the United States in May.

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