The 2019/2020 Championship season went down to the wire on Wednesday night. Going into the matches there was the second automatic promotion spot up for the grabs with West Bromwich Albion, Brentford, and Fulham all vying for it, the final two playoff spots were open for Nottingham Forest, Cardiff, and Swansea and the relegation battle was wide open.
At the top of the table already promoted Champions Leeds United enjoyed a 4-0 win at home to Charlton. In the battle for second place, West Brom knew that they needed to win or at the very least match 3rd place Brentford’s result to guarantee promotion to the Premier League. West Brom were held to a nervy 2-2 draw by QPR with Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson scoring their goals. At the same time the pressure that had built on Brentford in the past week caught up with them as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Barnsley. The Brentford defeat meant that West Brom had achieved promotion and were going back to the Premier League for the first time in 2 seasons. 4th place Fulham had gone into the evening knowing that a win against Wigan was a must if they had any chance of automatic promotion. They drew 1-1 and now go into the play-offs.
The battle for the final two play-offs places was between Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Swansea. Going into the evening Nottingham Forest were in 5th, Cardiff in 6th and Swansea in 7th. Forest needed to make sure that they didn’t lose and if they did then their match and Swansea’s match would have to not be high scoring. Cardiff won their match with a 3-0 win over Hull City, which meant that Hull were relegated and Cardiff moved above Forest into 5th. Swansea won their match 4-1 away at Reading which gave them a chance of rising into the play-off but they needed help from Stoke City away at Nottingham Forest. Help is what they received as Stoke won 4-1 which gave Swansea the goal swing that they needed to finish above Nottingham Forest.
In the battle to stay up, the bottom three started the day as Hull, Luton and Barnsley. Hull’s 3-0 defeat to Cardiff sent them down, Luton won 3-2 at home to Blackburn and Barnsley beat Brentford. That meant that Luton pulled out of the relegation zone and due to Wigan’s 12 point deduction, they dropped from 13th to 23rd and have been relegated pending an appeal. Barnsley’s 91st minute winner against Brentford and Charlton’s 4-0 defeat away at Leeds means Barnsley leapfrogged Charlton into 21st sending Charlton down to League One.
Birmingham City 1-3 Derby County
Brentford 1-2 Barnsley
Bristol City 1-1 Preston North End
Cardiff City 3-0 Hull City
Leeds United 4-0 Charlton Athletic
Luton Town 3-2 Blackburn Rovers
Millwall 4-1 Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest 1-4 Stoke City
Reading 1-4 Swansea City
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Middlesbrough
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Queens Park Rangers
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Fulham