For most team in the Sky Bet Championship this was either their 32nd or 33rd game of the campaign and there were seven games today.
Across these seven games, there were 20 goals with only the game between Lancastrian rivals Wigan Athletic and Preston North End seeing fans walk away without witnessing any goals.
Barnsley 0 – Brighton 2
Barnsley were the surprise package in the early part of the season, and whilst results have been somewhat patchy, they are still a dangerous side. Where the Tykes results may be a little patchy, Brighton have been a virtual model of consistency and are consistently putting teams to bed.
This time it was Barnsley’s turn to be tucked in. A brace of goals from Sam Baldock (53′ and 68′) were enough to see the Seagulls climb back to the summit of the table on 68 points. Home side Barnsley stay in 9th place in the table on 49 points.
Attendance: 12,745 (1,396 away fans – 10.95% of crowd)
Attendance: 12,745 – 1,396 away. Thank you for your fantastic support as always this afternoon. #COYR
— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) February 18, 2017
Birmingham City 1 – Queens Park Rangers 4
QPR gave Birmingham more than the Blues as they took the home side apart. The four QPR goals were scored by four different players with big striker Matt Smith the opener (18′). Conor Washington added a second just after the restart (47′) to increase the visitor’s lead. two more quickfire goals ended the game as a spectacle with first Idrissa Sylla (84′), then Yeni N’Gbakoto (88′) taking the game well and truly away from Birmingham. Emilio Nsue’s late score for the Blues (90′) was little more than a consolation for a sorry result.
QPR move up to 16th on 37 points with Birmingham two places ahead in 14th on 40 points.
Attendance: 20,265 (1,568 away – 7.74% of crowd)
53 – Today's attendance is 20,265 (1,568 away) 0-2 #bluesLIVE
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) February 18, 2017
Burton Albion 2 – 1 Norwich City
Home side Burton Albion picked up a valuable three points to move further away from the drop zone, the Brewers now in 20th on 34 points, four points clear of Wigan in 22nd. Cauley Woodrow (25′) opened the scoring for the home side, who were pegged back by a Cameron Jerome equaliser (53′).
Driven by on loan Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy, Burton scored through Michael Kightly (56′) with the quickfire response from the Brewers leaving Norwich a little punch drunk. The loss leaves the Canaries feeling a little plucked off at losing ground on the play-off places – they are now in 7th and seven points behind 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Attendance: 5263 (1,704 away – 32.38% of crowd) – source Eastern Daily Press