Loan round-up: White's Leeds top table with five to go

The Championship is reaching boiling point with both automatic and play-off spots still up for grabs.

By Charlie Hanson • 06 July 2020

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Ben White in action for Leeds United

It’s still very much all to play for in the Championship, with a number of Albion players out on loan getting minutes as the second tier enters its final stages.

Ben White’s Leeds United retained their one-point lead at the top of the table, courtesy of a win over Blackburn Rovers, with Christian Walton on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have a six-point gap between themselves and third place with five games to go, while Rovers’ hopes of a place in the play-offs have were all but killed off with the loss – Tony Mowbray’s team are now eight points off sixth place.

The former West Brom and Middlesbrough boss was full of praise after the game for Leeds, who he fully expects to be in the Premier League next season.

"They're a good side with a world-class coach. The football world is looking forward to seeing how they'll get on in the Premier League against genuine class opposition. They're a club I like and I hope they do well because it will be exciting for the English game for them to be back in the Premier League,” he said.

Derby County’s surge up the second-tier was reined in slightly after it took a goal seven minutes into stoppage time from Chris Martin to snatch a point against East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest. Matt Clarke has been a stalwart in Phillip Cocu’s side since joining in the summer, and the arrival of Wayne Rooney at Pride Park in January has taken the Rams from relegation fighters to promotion chasers.

Jayson Molumby got 45 minutes against Charlton Athletic in Millwall’s 1-0 win at The Valley. Similarly to Derby, the Lions have had a turnaround in fortunes, although the Lions can put that down to the arrival of Gary Rowett. The result takes Millwall to within five points of the top six.

Finally, Jan Mlakar came on for the final 20 minutes in Wigan’s 3-0 loss to Brentford. Former Albion defender Leon Balogun had to go off injured after six minutes, and the afternoon didn’t improve for the Latics, with Said Benrahma bagging a hat-trick.

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