Championship: West Brom frustrated by Birmingham, Derby teenager scores hat-trick
West Brom pushed ahead of Leeds United at the top of the championship, but a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City seemed to affect Slaven Bilic's team's title hopes.
However, the top two in England's second tier are likely to be the couple that has moved up to the Premier League. Third-placed Fulham suffered a damaging home loss to Brentford.
In the first games after the league's three-month Coronavirus ban, a new hero for Derby County appeared in midfield when 18-year-old Louie Sibley scored a hat-trick when she won in Millwall.
And Rhian Brewster, a Liverpool-borrowed striker, boosted Swansea City's play-off hopes by striking twice in Middlesbrough and making a strong political statement.
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With Leeds in Cardiff City on Sunday, West Brom had the opportunity to be two points ahead of Marcelo Bielsa's team when the league resumed.
Bilic's players dominated the derby duel and had many chances but failed to break through, and a standoff at the Hawthorns may play into Leeds's hands.
The first two are now tied, with West Brom scoring the goal difference, but Leeds will have a chance to clear three times before the next round.
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Said Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes scored a late goal for Brentford in their 2-0 win over rival Fulham. This leaves West Brom and Leeds seven points clear, and there are still eight games left for the play-off package.
Nottingham Forest was on the way to victory in Sheffield on Wednesday after Joe Lolley gave the visitors the lead in the 69th minute, only that Connor Wickham got a leveler for injury time for the Owls.
Forest is fifth, four points ahead of a Preston North End team that held 1-1 in Luton Town. Callum McManaman made a late equalizer for the hosts, who nevertheless fell on the table.
Blackburn Rovers defeated Bristol City 3-1 in a fight between teams battling for sixth with Preston, but the individual performance of the day came from Sibley, whose exploits led Derby to their 3-2 win at Millwall.
"I'm totally thrilled," Sibley told Rams TV. "Getting this hat trick was just incredible. When the third goal was scored, I couldn't stop smiling."
Brewster was not far behind, his Swansea double steering to a 3-0 win at Low-Middlesbrough.
After his first goal, Brewster held up a shirt that said, "Our color is not a crime," and expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tiger on the slide
Wigan Athletic was a 2-0 winner at Huddersfield Town, while Hull City slipped to the bottom three places after a 0-1 home loss to Charlton Athletic.
Barnsley climbed off the ground with a 1-0 win at QPR and Stoke City drew a 1-1 draw at Reading.
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