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Championship round-up: Brentford keep pressure on top two, Barnsley earn shock win over Blackburn

Championship round-up: Brentford keep pressure on Leeds and West Brom, while lowly Barnsley earn shock win over Blackburn

  • Brentford moved two points behind the top two spots with a 3-0 win at Reading
  • Play-off chasing Millwall and Swansea both dropped points in a 1-1 draw
  • Barnsley moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers
  • Cardiff and Charlton Athletic drew 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday

Brentford moved within two points of the Championship automatic promotion spots with a 3-0 win over Reading.

Bryan Mbuemo, starting his first match since his positive coronavirus test ten days ago, headed the Bees in front from a well-worked corner after 23 minutes. 

Brentford doubled their lead just after the hour mark when midfielder Josh daSilva scored from a rebound after his initial shot had been saved by Reading goalkeeper Rafael Barbosa. 

Brentford moved within touching distance of the top two with a 3-0 win at Reading

Brentford moved within touching distance of the top two with a 3-0 win at Reading

Bryan Mbuemo (middle) headed the Bees in front midway through the opening period

Bryan Mbuemo (middle) headed the Bees in front midway through the opening period

Josh DaSilva's second Joel Valencia (pictured)'s long-range third seal three points for the Bees

Josh DaSilva’s second Joel Valencia (pictured)’s long-range third seal three points for the Bees

Substitute Joel Valencia, who replaced Mbuemo during the second-half, sealed the three points with a stunning long-range strike which flew into the top corner as the game entered stoppage time. 

Second-placed West Brom could extend their lead over the west Londoners when they visit Sheffield Wednesday later in the week. 

At the bottom end of the table, Barnsley picked up a shock 2-0 win over play-off chasing Blackburn Rovers to boost their surivival hopes.

Conor Chaplin’s 58th minute strike gave the Tykes the lead, before Blackburn’s Ben Brereton was sent of for a late challenge on Kilian Ludewig.

Barnsley moved off the bottom of the Championship table with a 2-0 home win over Blackburn

Barnsley moved off the bottom of the Championship table with a 2-0 home win over Blackburn

Conor Chaplin's 58th minute header set the Tykes on their way over 10-man Rovers

Conor Chaplin’s 58th minute header set the Tykes on their way over 10-man Rovers

Just minutes later, Jacob Brown slotted home a second for Barnsley to move them to just one point from safety.  

Meanwhile, Millwall and Swansea both dropped points in their play-off push after battling to a 1-1 draw at the Den. 

Mason Bennett gave the Lions the lead midway through the first-half with a close-range finish from Jed Wallace’s cross following a blistering counter-attack.  

But the Swans levelled on 66 minutes after Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster’s free-kick cannoned off the bar but dropped in after hitting the back of Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s head. 

Millwall were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea with Mason Bennett giving them the lead

Millwall were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea with Mason Bennett giving them the lead

The Swans equalised when Rhian Brewster's free-kick forced an own goal off the Lions keeper

The Swans equalised when Rhian Brewster’s free-kick forced an own goal off the Lions keeper

Gary Rowett’s almost regained the lead with three minutes to go but defender Murray Wallace’s header struck the base of the post from a corner. 

Cardiff City missed the chance to get a tighter grip on sixth place with a 0-0 draw at home to lowly Charlton Athletic.

Neil Harris’ men could be leapfrogged by Preston tomorrow, but only if they win by a four-goal margin over Derby County.

It was a vital point for the Addicks, however, who move four points clear from the Championship drop zone. 

Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic battled to a forgettable 0-0 draw in south Wales on Tuesday

Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic battled to a forgettable 0-0 draw in south Wales on Tuesday

Leeds United host Luton Town in one of the later games on Tuesday, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side looking to pull away from second-placed West Brom at the top of the table. 

The other 7:45pm (BST) game sees Stoke City travel to Wigan Athletic is a relegation six-pointer near the bottom of the table. 

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