It’s as you were, with Norwich City’s Championship lead followed by Leeds and Blades
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It was as you were in the Championship, as Leeds and Sheffield United joined Norwich City with victories from their weekend fixtures.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries were able to enjoy reaching 72 points and extending their lead at the top on Friday night, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Swansea at Carrow Road – Emi Buendia scoring the wonderful, decisive goal on 54 minutes.
That took City five points clear of Leeds United (67) in second, while the gap to Sheffield United in third was extended to seven.
However, the Blades picked up a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane against their Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United on Saturday lunchtime – taking them to 68 points and returning them to four points behind the leaders.
A goal in each half, as well as the 28th minute dismissal of Millers skipper Will Vaulks made it a routine afternoon for Chris Wilder’s promotion chasers with Rotherham boss Paul Warne unable to do his boyhood team Norwich a favour.
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And then Leeds followed suit, as former Canaries loanee Patrick Bamford scored just nine minutes into their clash at Bristol City – the only goal at Ashton Gate, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side closed back to within two points of Norwich.
Leeds are yet to drop a single point this season, in games where they have scored first.
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With 10 games to go for the majority of sides in the Championship following this weekend’s action, the Canaries head to Rotherham next Saturday after facing Hull at Carrow Road on Wednesday night. The Millers head to QPR on the same evening.
That is 24 hours after Sheffield United host Brentford and Leeds head to Reading, with Leeds having the chance to retake the Championship lead ahead of kick-off at Carrow Road.
The Uniteds then do battle at Elland Road a matter of hours before Norwich kick off at the New York Stadium.
The race for automatic promotion now looks a three-horse race after West Brom were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich Town, while Middlesbrough lost 2-1 at home to Brentford.
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