Championship Review: West Brom thumped, Leeds back on top

By Sports Desk October 24, 2018

Derby County stormed to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns as Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship.

Frank Lampard's side are now level on points with West Brom, two behind leaders Leeds, who beat Ipswich Town 2-0 at Elland Road.

Preston North End came off better in a seven-goal thriller against Brentford, while Nottingham Forest saw off Bolton Wanderers.

Elsewhere, Famara Diedhiou's stoppage-time goal earned Bristol City a 1-0 win over struggling Hull City.


Having beaten joint-leaders Sheffield United in their last outing, Derby stunned West Brom in style on Wednesday.

Jay Rodriguez's early error enabled Jack Marriott to set Derby on their way, and Lampard's side did not look back – Tom Lawrence, Harry Wilson and Scott Malone having them 4-0 up by the 71st minute.

Sam Johnstone had to be in fine form to spare Darren Moore's team further humiliation, pulling off top saves to deny Tom Huddlestone and Jayden Bogle.

Rodriguez atoned somewhat for his mistake with a neat finish late on, but it was a mere consolation as the Baggies slumped to a second straight defeat.


Leeds took advantage of West Brom's humiliating defeat to return to winning ways – and the top of the league – with a routine victory over lowly Ipswich.

A run of just one win in five Championship games had seen Marcelo Bielsa's side drop to fifth, but there was little doubting the Whites from the moment Kemar Roofe headed in their opener.

Liam Cooper's stunner at the culmination of a well-worked set-piece put Leeds in complete control, and only the woodwork prevented Ezgjan Alioski adding further gloss.

The victory moves Leeds level on points with both Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, with Bielsa's side top courtesy of goal difference.


It is now seven league games without a win for Brentford, as new manager Thomas Frank's search for a first point goes on, although it was not for a lack of trying at Deepdale.

Three goals in the opening 23 minutes put Preston – now unbeaten in four – in control, but Brentford rallied through Sergi Canos and Ollie Watkins.

The comeback was not to be completed, though, with Callum Robinson's second of the game enough to claim the points, despite Neal Maupay's late consolation, and move Alex Neil's side out of the relegation zone.


Nottingham Forest finally ended their long wait for a win at Bolton as Lewis Grabban scored twice – after missing a penalty – to help claim a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Joe Lolley's strike opened the scoring, and although Grabban saw his spot-kick saved early in the second half, he found the target eight minutes later to double Forest's tally, before putting the result beyond all doubt from 12 yards late on.

It represents a first win at Bolton for Forest in any competition since 1991, when legendary Brian Clough was at the helm.

Related items

  • Cornwall College, JC head to Champions Cup final after comfortable wins Cornwall College, JC head to Champions Cup final after comfortable wins

    Jamaica College (JC) and Cornwall College will clash in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rebranded Champions Cup all-island knockout football competition. 

  • JC coach Peart eyes consistency ahead of big run of games JC coach Peart eyes consistency ahead of big run of games

    Jamaica College (JC) coach Andrew Peart is looking for consistency from the unit ahead of a huge run of games, following an impressive show of strength against STETHS in the semi-finals of the ISSA Champions Cup on Friday.

    A hat-trick from striker Earon Elliot and another from Javian Thompson led JC to a punishing 4-0 win over St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) at Sabina Park.  The result pushed the team into the final of the Champions Cup, where they will look to become the first team to win the competition twice.  The ‘Dark Blue’ will face Cornwall College (CC) in the final, who earlier defeated George’s 2-0.

    Before then, however, JC will have to turn their attention to a semi-final against St Andrew Technical, a repeat of last year’s final four match-up.

    Excellent performance but this is just the semi-finals,” Peart said of the result.

     “We have to try and repeat this on a much bigger stage and game by game.  Consistency is the key for us, that is the target and we just have to go again,” he added.

    JC will attempt to become the first team to win the trophy twice.

  • 'Not a nice feeling for STETHS' - Wedderburn claims team weren't tactically ready 'Not a nice feeling for STETHS' - Wedderburn claims team weren't tactically ready

    St Elizabeth Technical coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn has bemoaned a lack of tactical astuteness on the part of the team, on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Jamaica College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals on Friday.

    A hat-trick from JC front man Earon Elliot and another goal from the returning Javain Thompson sealed a victory that was relatively comfortable for the Dark Blues.  Elliot opened the scoring in the 15th minute and added another in the 36th with his third in the 69th coming after Thompson’s goal in the 65th.

    Even though they created a few chances throughout the encounter, opportunities to score for STETHS were few and far between.

    “The game started with us playing too deep.  We were playing like we came for a defensive session today.  We allowed JC to come at us and they made uses of the chances coming forward,” Wedderburn said.

    “We weren’t ready tactically today because the team never carried out the instructions or play the way that we wanted them to, but these games do happen, it’s not a nice feeling but that’s how it is,” he added.

     The win saw Jamaica College advance to the final of the competition, where they will face Cornwall College who defeated St George’s 2-0 in the day’s earlier game.

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

History beckons for the Reggae Warriors on Saturday. Can they seize it with both hands? See story here:… https://t.co/8xouWpIgh0
Catch Cornwall College vs St George's College in ISSA Champions Cup semi-final action live on… https://t.co/zZPmBcJxRS
Alia Atkinson continues to carry Jamaica's flag high on the World Cup tour but this time she was not alone. See st… https://t.co/ANQK5oQjZU
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.