Leeds held at home by Luton, Wigan put Stoke in deeper trouble – as it happened

Ben Fisher on 30 June 2020

Here is what happened tonight in the Championship ...

Full-time: Leeds 1-1 Luton

Helder Costa has a golden opportunity to head in a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage-time but leaders Leeds have to make do with a point. Marcelo Bielsa’s side move four points clear of West Brom, five clear of Brentford. Luton, meanwhile, drop to the foot of the division but are just two points from safety with six enormous matches to play. They have a fighting chance!

Leeds are pushing for a winner at Elland Road! Jamie Shackleton has replaced goalscorer Dallas, who appeared to be clutching his hamstring as he left the field. Can Luton hold on for a point?

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Full-time: Wigan 3-0 Stoke

A humbling defeat for Stoke and Michael O’Neill, with two Jack Butland errors and screamer from Kal Naismith earning Wigan a sixth win in seven matches, a quite extraordinary run of form that has hoisted them eight points clear of the relegation zone. Stoke teeter a point above the relegation zone with six games to play.

Dallas goes close to doubling his and Leeds’ tally – and here comes Ian Poveda, who will be given a run-out off the bench. Can he find a winner? Six added minutes at Elland Road.

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Five minutes to go at Elland Road, and even less at Wigan, who are cruising to victory against a Stoke team in all sorts of trouble. Luton are having to contend with waves of Leeds’ attacks.

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Elsewhere, Man Utd are cruising by the seaside:

“Butland has been responsible for a staggering amount of goals this season,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “Maybe Joe Hart is available? ... ” Indeed, here’s what Hart had to say to the BBC this week. “I am under no illusions that Real Madrid are [not] going to knock my door down, get [Thibaut] Courtois out and bring me in. But there is plenty more to come from me,” Hart said. “I just need someone to believe in me and I will repay that faith.”

Leeds go close – but Patrick Bamford brushes the side-netting! Alioski crossed from the left, Bamford took it on first time and almost pounced. Might we see Poveda?

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Leeds are gunning for victory but Luton, too, haven’t given up hope of taking victory away from Elland Road, with striker and top scorer James Collins introduced a few moments ago. Elsewhere, Stoke have made a raft of changes, with Michael O’Neill presumably fuming at his side’s defending. Nathan Collins, Ryan Shawcross and Stephen Ward have been hauled off. James Chester, Tommy Smith and Bruno Martins Indi enter. Just as well no Stoke fans are there to see it ... an abysmal performance, littered with individual errors, none more so than those by Butland.

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GOAL! Wigan 3-0 Stoke (Naismith, 68)

A worldie in every sense of the word. The substitute drives inside on to his left foot and then lets fly ... and it zooms into the corner.

Stoke City’s Jack Butland is beaten by Kal Naismith’s drive.
Stoke City’s Jack Butland is beaten by Kal Naismith’s drive. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

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GOAL! Wigan 2-0 Stoke (Naismith, 65)

From bad to worse for Stoke and Michael O’Neill. And it is another blooper from Jack Butland, who fails to deal with a hanging cross. England goalkeepers have form for high-profile errors but his fall from grace rivals the best of them.

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GOAL! Leeds 1-1 Luton (Dallas, 63)

Ah, hang on a minute ... Leeds level. The substitute Pablo Hernández, two minutes after coming on, works the ball to Alioski and he feeds Dallas, who calmly slots home.

Leeds’ Stuart Dallas slots in the equaliser.
Leeds’ Stuart Dallas slots in the equaliser. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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Nathan Jones has certainly breathed life into Luton, whose chief executive, Gary Sweet, warned they needed “to hit the ground sprinting” if they had any chance of staying up. If they eke out another victory at Elland Road this evening, they would have taken seven points from the last available nine:

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Well, then: bottom-of-the-table Luton lead top-of-the-table Leeds. It can only be the Championship ... meanwhile Wigan still lead Stoke with half-hour to play but Michael O’Neill has made changes. Lee Gregory and Tyrese Campbell came on a few minutes ago, in place of Jordan Thompson and Tom Ince.

GOAL! Leeds 0-1 Luton (Cornick, 50)

Half-time sub Harry Cornick makes an instant impact. A wonderful strike by the former Bournemouth man, who curls a beauty into the corner. As a pointless aside, Cornick, who attended Poole Grammar school, got the better of on-loan Ben White, who went to Queen Elizabeth’s school up the road in Wimborne.

Luton Town’s Harry Cornick celebrates at Elland Road.
Luton Town’s Harry Cornick celebrates at Elland Road. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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Leeds are back under way at Elland Road! And Marcelo Bielsa has tweaked things at the interval, with the substitute Gaetano Berardi replaced by Ezgjan Alioski, who celebrated victory over Fulham last weekend by thanking the 15,000 ‘crowdies’.

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Stoke are in a real hole at half-time. They made six changes this evening – but Michael O’Neill must be tempted to ring the changes at the interval. They trail to Wigan and are in grave danger of being sucked into the relegation zone. “There was a brief period of hope when O’Neill took over but that has evaporated,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “We are Sunderland without the TV series.”

Championship half-time scores

Leeds 0-0 Luton
Wigan 1-0 Stoke

Championship results

Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn
Cardiff 0-0 Charlton
Millwall 1-1 Swansea
QPR 1-2 Fulham
Reading 0-3 Brentford

Some soundbites from earlier results. “In every department Brentford were stronger than us,” says Reading’s manager, Mark Bowen. “We didn’t lay a glove on them all night.” Elsewhere, the Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber is feeling understandably chirpy. “We are still in the relegation zone, but the change is our very good mindset,” he says. And in the top flight, Manchester United lead ...

Stoke are in real trouble, aren’t they? For Jack Butland that was, what they call in the business, an almighty clanger:

clanger

noun INFORMAL | BRITISH

  1. an absurd or embarrassing blunder.
    “the minister had dropped a massive political clanger”

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Full-time: QPR 1-2 Fulham

Cyrus Christie’s screamer from distance settles it.

GOAL! Wigan 1-0 Stoke (Dowell, 40)

Kieran Dowell shoots from the byline and – somehow – drills it beyond the Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, who will not want to see that again. Ever. “As a Stoke fan I’m not sure what stage of the five stages of grief I’m in right now but it’s not acceptance, sadly,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “Probably denial.”

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QPR rattle the crossbar! Ryan Mannings heads against the bar from a corner. Rodak had no chance with it but it cannons off the woodwork. We are into second-half stoppage-time at Loftus Road but elsewhere, Kal Naismith has replaced Michael Jacobs, whose had to go off injured for Wigan v Stoke.

Up at Leeds, Bielsa is barking at his players and the drinks break provides another opportunity to get instructions on. Luton had a header at goal saved. Meanwhile Barnsley’s form should be of real concern to those around them, having won five of their past seven. Their next three games? Stoke, Luton and Wigan.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions from the sidelines.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions from the sidelines. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

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GOAL! QPR 1-2 Fulham (Christie, 75)

A rocket from Cyrus Christie. After a fairly underwhelming team performance, Christie lights up the game at Loftus Road by hammering in from distance. A big goal that might just keep Fulham in the hunt for automatic promotion.

Fulham’s Cyrus Christie scores from distance.
Fulham’s Cyrus Christie scores from distance. Photograph: Jed Leicester/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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Helder Costa volleys over for Leeds at Elland Road! Tyler Roberts also went close a moment ago and Leeds have had a couple of early half-chances but Nathan Jones’s Luton, who drop to bottom after Barnsley’s win, are looking pretty compact.

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Full-time: Cardiff 0-0 Charlton

Another cracking result for Lee Bowyer’s Charlton. Elsewhere, a blow for Leeds, whose captain, Liam Cooper, has been forced off 13 minutes in against Luton. He has been replaced by Gaetano Berardi after failing to shake off a back injury.

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Full-time: Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn

A priceless win in Barnsley’s fight for survival, with Chaplin and Brown striking to condemn Blackburn to a disappointing defeat.

Full-time: Reading 0-3 Brentford

Mbeumo, Dasilva and Valencia strike as Thomas Frank’s free-scoring side cruise to a fourth successive victory. They move within two points of West Brom, who take on Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow before hosting Hull on Sunday.

GOAL! Reading 0-3 Brentford (Valencia, 90)

Game over. Joel Valencia lashes in from 20 yards.

Joel Valencia fires in Brentford’s third.
Joel Valencia fires in Brentford’s third. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

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Peeeeeeeeeeep! They’re under way at Leeds, where Marcelo Bielsa’s side host Luton, and Wigan, where Stoke are the visitors. Barnsley’s form continues to wreak havoc for Stoke and co.

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That second Barnsley goal is very bad news for a number of clubs in the muck, notably Hull, Huddersfield, Stoke and Middlesbrough, even if Neil Warnock will surely work his magic there ...

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GOAL! Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn (Brown, 76)

An extraordinary few minutes at Oakwell and an outrageously composed finish by Jacob Brown. Barnsley are heading for three h-u-g-e points! Blackburn are heading for successive defeats.

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Ben Brereton has made an immediate impact: the Blackburn forward has been sent off within a couple of minutes of coming on. It’s not clear why – a possible stamp – but, purely by coincidence, the referee is Tony Harrington, who failed to spot Aleksandar Mitrovic’s elbow on Ben White last weekend ...

Er, Blackburn have just made a triple quadruple change at Oakwell, where they trail 1-0. Ben Brereton, Danny Graham, Jacob Davenport and Sam Gallagher replace Dominic Samuel, Adam Armstrong, Joe Rothwell and Lewis Holtby. Elsewhere, Charlton’s Dillon Phillips saves well to prevent Albert Adomah from nudging Cardiff in front. Hang on a minute, more drama at Barnsley ...

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Brentford are breathing down West Brom’s necks now – victory would take them to within two points of Slaven Bilic’s side. Neither Cardiff or Charlton have registered a shot on target in south Wales with half-hour left to play. A late change for Luton at Elland Road. Glen Rea misses out having been named as a starter. Martin Cranie steps in and Jacob Butterfield comes on to the bench.

GOAL! Reading 0-2 Brentford (Dasilva, 64)

Josh Dasilva, who was brilliant without scoring in victory over West Brom on Friday, doubles Brentford’s advantage at the Madejski.

Chaplin has been mustard since Struber took charge in November; that’s his 13th goal of the season and his 12th since the Austrian’s arrival. There is a reason the 23-year-old made the below list:

GOAL! Barnsley 1-0 Blackburn (Chaplin, 58)

That is a huge goal, and one that keeps the great escape alive for a Barnsley team rejuvenated under Gerhard Struber. Chaplin has particularly blossomed under Struber and, within seconds of stepping off the bench, the former Portsmouth forward heads home to open the scoring. That goal takes them to within one point of safety. Elsewhere, it’s QPR 1-1 Fulham at half-time.

Conor Chaplin heads in the goal that takes Barnsley off the bottom of the table as it stands!
Conor Chaplin heads in the goal that takes Barnsley off the bottom of the table as it stands! Photograph: Mark Cosgrove/News Images/Rex/Shutterstock

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Rhian Brewster speaks after helping Swansea to a point:

I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with the three points but we take the one and we move on to Sheffield Wednesday [on Sunday]. Against Luton we were very, very poor and that set the mood for the whole weekend. We worked a lot harder today, we ran a lot harder and we take the point and move on. I want to hopefully get promoted, that’s the aim, I don’t know if I’m going to be here next year, or with Liverpool next year, but I just want to finish the season strong. Big congratulations to the boys – they fully deserved it – and I know they are not going to dwell on being champions and they will try to win every game between now and the end of the season. I know what they are like.”

Swansea’s Rhian Brewster celebrates after his free-kick.
Swansea’s Rhian Brewster celebrates after his free-kick. Photograph: Athena Pictures/Getty Images

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Stoke travel to Wigan tonight in what is a massive game. They head into it a point above the relegation zone, while Wigan could not be in better form, having won five of their past six matches, as well as keeping clean sheets in all of those. “There is a lot at stake for both teams,” said manager Michael O’Neill, who has made six changes. Nathan Collins, Ryan Shawcross, Stephen Ward, Jordan Cousins, Tom Ince and Sam Vokes come into the side, while Nick Powell is suspended against his former club. “They will be coming into the game knowing they are a victory, or a couple of victories away from securing their own Championship future.”

Full-time: Millwall 1-1 Swansea

Rhian Brewster’s free-kick – officially a Bartosz Bialkowski own goal – cancels out Mason Bennett’s opener. That result doesn’t do a lot for either side. Millwall – winless since the restart – stay in mid-table, while Swansea are three points off the play-offs, though Cardiff could stretch that gap with victory over Charlton.

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GOAL! QPR 1-1 Fulham (Arter, 21)

Scott Parker’s side level things up. Arter, the manager’s brother-in-law, wallops a left-footed effort at goal from 20 yards and it squeezes beyond Liam Kelly at the near post. The QPR goalkeeper will not want to see it again. That’s Arter’s first league goal since he scored for Bournemouth against Huddersfield in November 2017.

Harry Arter fires in the equaliser for Fulham.
Harry Arter fires in the equaliser for Fulham. Photograph: Ian Stephen/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock

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Half-time scores:

Barnsley 0-0 Blackburn
Cardiff 0-0 Charlton
Reading 0-1 Brentford

Millwall rattle a post! With less than a couple of minutes to go, Murray Wallace sends a header against a post. Millwall are asking questions of Swansea as stoppage-time approaches. Matt Smith is also on for Gary Rowett’s side. Can they find a winner?

Team news at Elland Road: Leeds are unchanged, with Pablo Hernández again on the bench after injury. Robbie Gotts also returns to the bench for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Meanwhile Luton make four changes, with Danny Hylton among those to start. Callum McManaman, James Bree and Ryan Tunnicliffe replace James Collins, Elliot Lee, Harry Cornick and Jacob Butterfield.

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Concern for Swansea and Ben Wilmot, the Watford defender who went to ground smacking the pitch in agony. After a period of treatment, Wilmot was back up and moving but has since hobbled off. His knee seemed to be buckle in an innocuous coming together. Swansea, manager Steve Cooper confirmed, are already likely to be without Wales defender Joe Rodon for the rest of the season. Marc Guehi, the Chelsea loanee, is on in Wilmot’s place.

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Millwall go close to taking the lead! Murray Wallace arrives unmarked at the back post but heads just wide. Swansea get off the hook. Elsewhere, the QPR goal will doubtless have been gladly received by West Brom, and Leeds, who kick-off against Luton in an hour’s time. Fulham are sliding down the table as it stands ...

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QPR are piping crowd noise into the stadium and, within 50 seconds, it had the desired effect, with Hugill rising above Tim Ream to nod in. Elsewhere, Cabango collides with Tom Bradshaw on the edge of the box and Millwall are adamant it’s a foul. They are incensed but, even if it was given, it would have been a free-kick.

GOAL! QPR 1-0 Fulham (Hugill, 1)

A blistering start at Loftus Road. Not what Fulham had planned.

That is Brewster’s seventh strike since joining on loan from Liverpool in January – and what a priceless goal it could prove. Saying that, a draw does neither Millwall or Swansea too many favours in their pursuit of the play-offs. Elsewhere, Cardiff are being kept at bay by Lee Bowyer’s Charlton, who have won their past two matches. Robert Glatzel has been promoted to the starting lineup after scoring in his last two matches. Marlon Pack and Mendez-Laing are also in from the off.

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GOAL! Millwall 1-1 Swansea (Brewster, 66)

A beautiful free-kick! Stunning strike. The Liverpool loanee takes aim from 20 yards and curls a right-footed shot beyond Bartosz Bialkowski, who couldn’t keep it out. It was not in the very corner but the power took it past the Millwall goalkeeper.

Swansea’s Rhian Brewster curls in the equaliser.
Swansea’s Rhian Brewster curls in the equaliser. Photograph: Ben Evans/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock

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GOAL! Reading 0-1 Brentford (Mbeumo, 23)

A corner is kept alive and Mbeumo heads in from close range! Brentford are back at full strength, with Mbeumo returning to the starting lineup to complete their exhilarating “BMW” attack, which also comprises Ollie Watkins and Saďd Benrahma:

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Not an awful lot to report around the grounds, as Millwall continue to keep Swansea at arm’s length. Bersant Celina, who was left out last weekend, has replaced Yan Dhanda, once of Liverpool, approaching the hour mark. The Queen is in attendance at the Den:

Royal blue.
Royal blue. Photograph: Ben Evans/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock

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Preamble

Let’s get stuck straight in, with Swansea already trailing at Millwall in the (even eerier) 5pm kick-off courtesy of a Mason Bennett goal on the counter-attack. Swansea came close to an equaliser through Rhian Brewster, only for Jake Cooper to clear off the line, but they need to turn things around in the second half if they are to stay in the mix for the play-offs. As for Millwall, that three points would be most welcome after a fairly disappointing restart for Gary Rowett and co. And yes, there are another six matches – including league leaders Leeds v Luton – to come this evening. Reading warmed up for their match with Brentford with a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives in the Forbury Gardens terror attack 10 days ago. We will be keeping an eye on the following matches:

Tuesday’s Championship fixtures

Barnsley v Blackburn, 6pm (BST)
Cardiff v Charlton, 6pm
Reading v Brentford, 6pm
QPR v Fulham, 6.30pm
Leeds v Luton, 7.45pm
Wigan v Stoke, 7.45pm

Reading players pay tribute.
Reading players pay tribute. Photograph: Nigel Keene/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock

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