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Championship season reaching climax

Albion loanees get set for business end of the season.

By Charlie Hanson • 14 July 2020

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Ben White in action at Elland Road this season.

The promotion hopes of Albion’s loan players were both improved and dashed as the Championship season reaches its climax.

Ben White kept his 20th clean sheet in a Leeds shirt as they took a huge step towards clinching Premier League football next season when Pablo Hernandez scored a late winner against Swansea on Sunday, meaning Marcelo Bielsa’s side need four points to return to the top tier after a 16-year absence with three to play. They host Barnsley on Thursday.

By Paul Hazlewood
Ben White signed a one-year contract extension with the Albion until 2022, before joining Marcelo Bielsa's side on loan for the season.

Christian Walton’s Blackburn Rovers took an impressive point off second-placed West Brom in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park, but Tony Mowbray’s side will need some good fortune if they are to finish in the play-offs.

With three to go they sit four points off sixth-placed Cardiff but, given how tight the division is, find themselves in 12th place. Rovers head to Millwall tonight.

The Lions moved to within two points of the play-offs with a 1-0 win over Hull. Jayson Molumby was an unused substitute in Millwall’s victory over the Tigers.

Derby County’s play-off push took a hit as they came up against seemingly unstoppable Brentford, losing 3-1 at Pride Park. Matt Clarke was unable to help stop Phillip Cocu’s team falling to a second consecutive league defeat but a victory at Cardiff – another of the play-off contenders – tonight would put the cat right back amongst the pigeons.

Jan Mlakar was also on the bench as Wigan Athletic, who are facing a 12-point deduction for entering administration, drew 0-0 at Barnsley. Paul Cook’s team face another of their relegation rivals Hull City tonight.

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