Soccer-Leaders Norwich held by Blackburn, Watford win again

Soccer-Leaders Norwich held by Blackburn, Watford win again

20/3/2021 10:01:00 PM

Soccer-Leaders Norwich held by Blackburn, Watford win again

NORWICH, England (Reuters) - Championship leaders Norwich City were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Blackburn Rovers on Saturday as second-placed Watford closed the gap at the top to eight points with a convincing 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Birmingham City.

Daniel Farke's runaway leaders have 83 points from 38 games.Watford were in complete control against Birmingham as goals from Ken Sema, Nathaniel Chalobah and Andre Gray secured a ninth win for the Hornets in 10 games and their fifth on the trot.Fourth-placed Brentford drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the day's early game to move within a point of fellow promotion hopefuls Swansea City above them.

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Steve Cooper's third-placed side, who have 69 points, face Cardiff City in the south Wales derby in Saturday's late game.Fifth-placed Barnsley were beaten 2-1 by struggling visitors Sheffield Wednesday while Reading, who are now two points below them in sixth, drew 1-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Basement side Wycombe Wanderers drew 0-0 at Coventry City while third-bottom Rotherham United responded to a 4-1 hammering by Watford last time out by beating Bristol City 2-0 away.Wayne Rooney's Derby County lost 1-0 at Stoke City, as Jacob Brown bagged the winner with 15 minutes left.

Millwall were also 1-0 winners thanks to an own goal by Middlesbrough's Grant Hall in the 31st minute. Mid-table Luton Town prevailed in similar circumstances at Preston North End with Daniel Iversen putting the ball into his own net late on.(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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