The English Championship football season is a long and arduous one but year on year, it delivers an insane climax on matchday 46.
There were scenes of unbridled joy as the final whistle sounded at Griffin Park last night but it was the visitors, not Brentford, with reason to celebrate. Meanwhile, Wigan's relegation left manager Paul Cook feeling "physically sick."
💼 West Brom promoted despite draw
Slaven Bilic's men knew that a win would guarantee their place in the promised land of the Premier League next season but as it turns out, a 2-2 draw with QPR was enough with Brentford losing in dramatic fashion at home to Barnsley. Both sides led at The Hawthorns on a night that wouldn't have been good for the blood pressure of Baggies fans, but they're back in the big time after 11 years away.
🤯 Luton & Barnsley make miraculous escapes
Barnsley pulled off the unthinkable by beating promotion-chasers Brentford 2-1 at Griffin Park and seeing all of the other parts of the equation fall into place with Wigan only managing a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham. Since the restart, Barnsley has won four, drawn three and lost only two matches, a remarkable return for a side that looked doomed back in February. Spare a thought for Brentford, but there's still hope for the Bees who now contest the playoffs along with Fulham, Cardiff and Swansea.
Luton mustered a dramatic 3-2 win at home to Blackburn which sees them end the season in 19th, three points clear of Charlton in 18th who have been relegated after their 4-0 loss at champions Leeds. Possibly the most intriguing story of the night was Wigan's relegation triggered by a 12-point deduction which saw The Latics fall from 13th in the table with 59 points to second-from-bottom on 47. A win against Fulham would have kept them up but their 1-1 draw relegates them to League 1.
🌳 Forest miss the playoffs on goal difference
European Cup winners in 1979 & 1980, Notts Forest succumbed to a shock 4-1 home defeat against Stoke City on the final day of the 2019-20 Championship season. They miss out on the last playoff place, claimed by Swansea City, by a solitary goal.
✅ Selected Championship matchday 46 results
- Brentford 1-2 Barnsley
- Cardiff 3-0 Hull
- Leeds 4-0 Charlton
- Luton 3-2 Blackburn
- Notts Forest 1-4 Stoke
- Reading 1-4 Swansea
- West Brom 2-2 QPR
- Wigan 1-1 Fulham
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