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2020-21 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Kieran Dowell (21')

Norwich on cusp of Premier League promotion with victory at Derby

Championship leaders Norwich City moved within two points of securing Premier League promotion with a 1-0 victory over Derby County on Saturday, while playoff chasing Brentford handed a 5-0 thrashing to Preston North End.

Swansea City's 3-0 victory at Millwall meant Norwich could not secure promotion at Pride Park but Daniel Farke's side retained their eight-point advantage at the top after Kieran Dowell scored the game's only goal with a free-kick in the 21st minute.

Norwich next face Bournemouth on April 17 but they could guarantee top-flight promotion before kickoff if fourth-placed Swansea drop points against either Sheffield Wednesday or Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford fail to beat Millwall.

Brentford ended their four-game winless run as Bryan Mbeumo and Marcus Forss, Ivan Toney, Sergi Canos and Emiliano Marcondes got on the scoresheet in an emphatic display at Deepdale Stadium.

Thomas Frank's are now nine points behind second-placed Watford with a game in hand.

Earlier, Swansea ended a run of four consecutive defeats with a commanding win at Millwall to get their promotion charge back on track.

The Welsh outfit scored their first goal in five games when Andre Ayew curled home just before halftime, before Jamal Lowe struck twice in the second half.

The result helped Swansea consolidate their chances of making the playoff, while all but ending 10th-placed Millwall's top-six ambitions.

Meanwhile, basement side Wycombe Wanderers conceded three goals in the final 10 minutes as they lost 3-1 at home to Luton Town, slipping nine points adrift of the safety zone.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Fulham 19 +33 42
2 AFC Bournemouth 19 +20 41
3 West Bromwich Albion 20 +11 34
4 Queens Park Rangers 19 +7 32
5 Coventry City 19 +4 32
6 Stoke City 19 +4 31
7 Blackburn Rovers 19 +6 30
8 Huddersfield Town 19 +1 28
9 Swansea City 19 0 27
10 Millwall 19 0 27
11 Blackpool 19 -1 27
12 Luton Town 19 +2 25
13 Nottingham Forest 20 +1 25
14 Preston North End 19 -4 24
15 Middlesbrough 19 -1 23
16 Sheffield United 19 -3 23
17 Birmingham City 19 -3 23
18 Bristol City 19 -7 23
19 Hull City 19 -8 18
20 Cardiff City 19 -14 18
21 Reading 19 -7 17
22 Peterborough United 19 -21 15
23 Barnsley 19 -18 11
24 Derby County 19 -2 1