Date: 1st January 2017 at 11:59am
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The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played over the festive season to end 2016.

Newcastle took advantage of Brighton’s postponement to end 2016 at the summit. Rotherham are being cut adrift at the bottom with Wigan and Blackburn also in the bottom three.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other games played.

Results

Thursday 29th December 2016 – Sky Bet Championship
Aston Villa 1-1 Leeds United 19:45
Rotherham United 1-2 Burton Albion 19:45

Friday 30th December 2016 – Sky Bet Championship
Brighton & Hove Albion P-P Cardiff City 19:45
Ipswich Town 2-1 Bristol City 19:45
Newcastle United 3-1 Nottingham Forest 19:45
Reading A-A Fulham 20:00

Saturday 31st December 2016 – Sky Bet Championship
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Blackburn Rovers 12:30
Barnsley 2-2 Birmingham City 15:00
Derby County 0-0 Wigan Athletic 15:00
Preston North End 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday 15:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Queens Park Rangers 15:00
Brentford 0-0 Norwich City 17:30

A late equaliser from Aston Villa meant they ended – an otherwise miserable year really – with a point at Villa Park. Leeds had been on for all three but would be content – despite the late goal – with a 1-1 draw that took them up to 4th, albeit it potentially temporarily.

Ending a four game losing run with a first away win in the Championship meant Burton eased their relegation worries whilst plundering Rotherham into even deeper trouble. This 2-1 defeat means the Millers would end the year at least 10 points from safety.

Brighton would have hoped to end the year with another win at the Amex Stadium but heavy fog meant the game with Cardiff was postponed shortly before kick off – so Albion knew they would probably – as they did – lose top spot.

A winner three minutes from time meant Ipswich recorded a Portman Road win. Bristol City would have been happy to take a point away to end the year, which seemed on. However, the late Tractor Boys goal meant they won 2-1 with fifth straight defeat for the Robins meaning they’re sliding the wrong way going into the New Year.

Newcastle’s early goal got them on the road to three points to end the year. The Magpies were pegged back by Nottingham Forest but eventually ran out 3-1 winners at St James’ Park to move back to the summit. Forest’s third straight defeat – and fourth in a five game winless run – meant they remain very much in a relegation battle.

The game at the Madejski Stadium did get underway. However, this had to be abandoned with the weather winning. Reading and Fulham had been drawing 0-0 at the time – they’ll try again sometime in the New Year.

Had it not been for an equaliser deep into added time – with Blackburn developing a habit of conceding goals beyond the 90th minute – Rovers would have collected a precious three points at promotion chasing Huddersfield. As it was the visitors had to settle for a 1-1 draw that kept them in 22nd with Town extending their unbeaten run to ensure they ended the year in 4th.

Barnsley ended the year with just the one defeat in six games but the Tykes had to be content with a 2-2 with Birmingham. The Blues remain without a win under Gianfranco Zola but did battle back from two down to earn this Oakwell point so it could be viewed as a step in the right direction!

Eight wins from the final 10 games to end 2016 was promotion winning form from Derby. However, the Rams had to settle for a point at the iPro Stadium against struggling Wigan. The Latics would have been the happier of the sides with a 0-0 draw as it ended a five game losing run.

A dramatic added time equaliser – after Preston had previously gone ahead late on – meant Sheffield Wednesday went away from Deepdale with a point from a 1-1 draw. North End old boy Adam Reach rescued the Owls a point that kept them in the play-offs just ahead of 7th placed Derby.

The Wolves winning run – that stood at two – came to an end with a late winner from QPR earning the R’s the points from this battle between two sides that will potentially be among the relegation threatened sides in the New Year? This 2-1 win ended a six game losing run from the visitors to Molineux that took them up to 19th and some five points above the drop zone.

2016 was rounded off by the late kick off at Griffin Park on New Years Eve. Brentford extended their unbeaten run over the festive period but both games ended in draws. This 0-0 with Norwich was the first time the Canaries hadn’t lost or won in their last 10! The previous nine had seen them beaten in seven though.

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