CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Sheffield Wednesday run riot

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Sheffield Wednesday run riot as they thrash Cardiff 5-0 while Swansea’s automatic promotion hopes suffer another blow as they lose a fourth successive game

  • Sheffield Wednesday ran riot to thrash play-off hopefuls Cardiff 5-0  
  • Swansea’s promotion hopes suffered a blow with a 1-0 defeat by Preston 
  • Barnsley continued their surprise play-off push with a 2-1 win at Luton

Struggling Sheffield Wednesday stunned play-off hopefuls Cardiff with a 5-0 win at Hillsborough to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Three of the goals came in the first 23 minutes, with Julian Borner, Callum Paterson and Adam Reach on target.

Jordan Rhodes added a fourth goal approaching the midway point of the second half, before Reach rounded off the scoring with his second.

Sheffield Wednesday thrashed Cardiff 5-0 after winning just once in their last ten games

Adam Reach (left) scored twice while Jordan Rhodes, Julian Borner and Callum Paterson were also on target

Wednesday, with just one win in their previous 10 games, had slipped to the foot of the table following Wycombe’s win at Rotherham earlier in the day. Wednesday are six points from safety.

Coventry took a big step towards safety by beating bristol city 3-1 to end their three-game winless run.

Leo Ostigard’s early strike and a second-half penalty from Matt Godden put Coventry in control before Viktor Gyokeres ensured they would move seven points clear of the drop zone after Robins forward Nahki Wells had pulled one back.

Swansea’s automatic promotion hopes suffered another blow as they lost 1-0 to Preston

Goal-shy Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Preston. Steve Cooper’s side have suffered four successive defeats without scoring, after a late Matt Grimes own goal gifted North End victory.

Daryl Dike’s brace boosted fifth-placed Barnsley’s surprise play-off push as they won 2-1 at Luton to move within a point of the Swans. 

USA forward Dike squandered the chance to claim a hat-trick when Luton goalkeeper Sam Sluga saved his penalty before James Collins’ consolation set up a nervy finish.

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