Championship Focus: Pukki powers Norwich, Leeds slips up
The race for automatic promotion looks to have a spot-in-hand -- don’t accuse us of jinxing you, Norwich City supporters -- as Leeds and Sheffield United continue to flip-flop for the second spot.
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The relegation and playoff spots are still very much in flux, too. Here are some big things to know about Saturday’s action.
Norwich City 4-0 Queens Park Rangers
You don’t need to be in the coal mine to see the Canaries are likely heading back to the Premier League, destroying Geoff Cameron’s QPR despite going down a man in the 71st minute. Cameron subbed off after 59 minutes, with QPR down 3-0 and needing an attacking miracle.
Teemu Pulki scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season for the Canaries, who have an 7-point advantage over Sheffield United and 8-point cushion on third place Leeds United.
Birmingham City 1-0 Leeds United
Leeds lost for the second time in three matches and the third time in seven, as Che Adams’ goal gave more relief to a Birmingham City side recently stung by a points deduction for reckless spending during the Harry Redknapp era. Leeds have dropped into third place.
Preston North End 0-1 Sheffield United
PNE has presented some stiff challenged this season, and Saturday was no exception, but Sheffield United made a first half David McGoldrick goal hold up over 90 minutes to move back into an automatic promotion spot.
-- Aston Villa turned what looked to be like a scrappy away point into three with a late buzzsaw and sits fifth with six matches left on its schedule (though Bristol City and Derby County have matches-in-hand).
-- Ahmed Hegazi conceded an own goal and was later sent off as West Brom lost 2-0 at Millwall.
-- Rotherham United is within a point of safety after defeating Nottingham Forest, and seeing Reading lose their matches. Wigan is two points clear after drawing at Bristol City).