Championship roundup Hoilett is Cardiff City’s main man as McNair scores Sunderland stunner

Championship roundup Hoilett is Cardiff City's main man as McNair scores Sunderland stunner

A busy weekend of Championship drama is over and it ended with Wolves celebrating promotion on Sunday.

But the promotion party at Molineux was not the only story worth telling.

Sportsmail’s ADAM SHERGOLD rounds up six talking points from the weekend…

Wolves ended the weekend celebrating their promotion from the Championship to the top tier


Swansea City may often struggle to put away chances, but one of their players is having no such trouble. 

Oli McBurnie, out on loan at Barnsley, now has eight goals in 12 games after a precious stoppage-time equaliser in a relegation six-pointer with Bolton.

It came after McBurnie was involved in a flashpoint with Darren Pratley in which the Barnsley man fell to the floor after apparently being headbutted. Both players were booked.


Nottingham Forest fans had started to wonder if their side would ever score again after six consecutive blanks. 

And when Aitor Karanka’s side surpassed the previous club-record drought of 636 minutes while 1-0 down to Ipswich on Saturday, there was ironic applause. 

Luckily, the run ended on 640 minutes when Ben Brereton equalised before Joe Lolley volleyed a winner.


If Cardiff do return to the Premier League, they will owe plenty to Junior Hoilett. His goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Norwich, a result that keeps Cardiff’s automatic promotion hopes in their own hands, was his ninth of the season. 

Add in the 11 assists he has contributed and the Canadian has been directly involved in 31 per cent of Cardiff’s 64 league goals this season. 

‘We’ve been through a lot this season and the team have stuck together, we’re like a family,’ he said.

Junior Hoilett scored a big goal as Cardiff beat Norwich to keep promotion in their own hands


Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford was knocked unconscious in a collision with Bristol City’s Aden Flint and ended the afternoon in hospital.

Bamford needed oxygen before being carried off on a stretcher. Boro went on to win 2-1 and returned to the play-off places, and Bamford thankfully soon came round. ‘I just walked past him, had a few laughs and hammered him for being too soft,’ said boss Tony Pulis.


Three consecutive defeats appeared to have killed off Preston’s chances of sneaking into the play-offs. 

But back-to-back wins and favourable results elsewhere mean Alex Neil’s side are still in the race. Callum Robinson scored twice in a come-from-behind win at QPR after Matt Smith put the Londoners ahead.

‘We still have to focus on ourselves. Whatever happens elsewhere, if we don’t win our games we aren’t going to have a chance,’ said Neil. 

GOAL OF THE WEEK — PADDY McNAIR (Reading v Sunderland)

Erstwhile defender Paddy McNair may play a little further forward nowadays, but still nobody expected him to do anything like this. 

Winning the ball in midfield, the Sunderland man took a couple of strides forward and unleashed a 40-yard screamer that left Reading keeper Vito Mannone rooted to the spot. It was just the fifth goal of McNair’s career. 

Sunderland drew 2-2 at Reading where Paddy McNair was the unlikely scorer of a stunner

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