2020-21 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Dan Gosling (57')

Norwich City title celebrations on hold after defeat by Watford

Watford players celebrate after beating Norwich in the Champoinship. Getty Images

Norwich City's Championship title celebrations were put on ice as they lost 1-0 at home to second-placed Watford on Tuesday.

Dan Gosling's 57th-minute goal earned the visitors the points to put them on the verge of joining already-promoted Norwich back in the top flight after one season.

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Norwich have 90 points to Watford's 85 with three games left.

Lyndon Dykes scored in the 89th minute with his sixth goal in seven games to send QPR eighth.

Fourth-placed Brentford's slim automatic promotion hopes were all but dashed as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Cardiff City to continue their slump in form.

The Bees, who suffered a late season collapse before losing to Fulham in the playoff final last season, have 75 points with four games to play, with Bournemouth on 74 and Barnsley on 71.

At the bottom, last-but-one Sheffield Wednesday staved off relegation for another day after beating Blackburn 1-0 while Wayne Rooney's Derby County remained in danger after a 3-0 hammering at Preston.

Derby are on the edge of the drop zone, four points clear of Rotherham United -- who have three games in hand -- and Wednesday, whose hopes were kept alive by Josh Windass's deflected winner.

Wycombe Wanderers are bottom, five points behind Wednesday.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 46 +39 97
2 Watford 46 +33 91
3 Brentford 46 +37 87
4 Swansea City 46 +17 80
5 Barnsley 46 +8 78
6 AFC Bournemouth 46 +27 77
7 Reading 46 +8 70
8 Cardiff City 46 +17 68
9 Queens Park Rangers 46 +2 68
10 Middlesbrough 46 +2 64
11 Millwall 46 -5 62
12 Luton Town 46 -11 62
13 Preston North End 46 -7 61
14 Stoke City 46 -2 60
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 +11 57
16 Coventry City 46 -12 55
17 Nottingham Forest 46 -8 52
18 Birmingham City 46 -24 52
19 Bristol City 46 -22 51
20 Huddersfield Town 46 -21 49
21 Derby County 46 -22 44
22 Wycombe Wanderers 46 -30 43
23 Rotherham United 46 -16 42
24 Sheffield Wednesday 46 -21 41