On a list of games that saw three Championship games postponed, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Middlesbrough all earned well-deserved victories to start 2021 on the front foot.
Despite being the new year, the Championship showed its old tendencies, with only two matches surpassing a two-goal margin of victory. Norwich City resumed the season with a nervous 1-0 victory at home to Barnsley, extending their lead to four points at the top of the championship table. On the other hand, a 14th loss for Wycombe this season sees The Chairboys still at the foot of the table and still without a win against the teams in the upper half.
Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Middlesbrough star in the final round of the championship
Dack has sunk again in the fight against the blues
Blackburn Rovers inflicted further damage to an already struggling Birmingham City, winning 2-0 at St Andrews.
Adam Armstrong opened the scoring after just ten minutes, expertly shooting past Neil Etheridge after holding on to Harvey Elliot’s perfectly weighted pass. For the next 80 minutes, it remained 1-0, but the hosts were unable to create opportunities to level the game. Rovers managed to find a second, in injury time, with Bradley Dack finding the back of the net for the first time since November 2019.
The victory for Blackburn places them in 11th place and they will once again seek a top six result, closing in on six points behind Watford. However, Birmingham is still in 18th place but is now only four points above Derby County at 22nd.
Coventry City overtakes Millwall in winless eighth home game
Coventry City made a commanding display against Millwall to record a 2-1 victory in southeast London, putting even more pressure on Lions manager Gary Rowett.
An own goal by Jake Cooper made it 1-0 for the visitors in the 20th minute, after he failed to deflect Jordan Shipley’s shot far from goal after he hit the post. It was two, just six minutes later, when Gustavo Hamer flew into the bottom corner after his previous attempt flew back at him. The Sky Blues had several opportunities to add a third and subsequently end the game, but were unable to convert. Jed Wallace scored a goal for the hosts from the penalty spot in the 74th minute, but Coventry held their ground and finished the game as the best team once again.
Millwall falls to 17th place on the championship table, continuing his terrible run into the new year. While the city of Coventry has surpassed the Lions and is now ranked 16th.
Boro scores three to build pressure on play-off points
Middlesbrough had to come from a goal behind to finally win 3-1 against the end of the table, Wycombe Wanderers, continuing the poor record of the Chairboys against those in the first half.
Uche Ikpeazu shot the division’s last winger to the lead as he cut and threw an effort past Marcus Bettinelli into Boro’s goal. However, the Buckinghamshire team’s lead was short-lived, and Marcus Browne’s header restored parity just four minutes later. Middlesbrough made it 2-1 after 36 minutes, thanks to Marcus Tavernier’s powerful shot from outside the area. Chuba Akpom sealed all three points for his team in the second half, touching home plate from no more than a yard, after Paddy McNair’s corner troubled Ryan Allsop.
The victory for Boro moves the Teeside club one point out of the play-offs, while Wycombe remains last in the league and four points out of the championship survival.