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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Lukas Jutkiewicz (15')
  • Harlee Dean (43')
  • Che Adams (89')
  • Tom Cairney (84')

Fulham miss out on automatic promotion as victorious Birmingham stay up

Fulham blew their chance of automatic promotion to the Premier League after suffering a 3-1 defeat at survivors Birmingham.
Victory would have sent the Cottagers back to the top flight after Cardiff could only draw 0-0 with Reading.
But goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz, Harlee Dean and Che Adams ensured the hosts beat relegation on the final day and denied the visitors second place.
Tom Cairney briefly made it 2-1 but Fulham must rely on the play-offs - where they will face Derby - to return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.
Birmingham sealed their place in the Sky Bet Championship after a season-long battle against the drop, finally finishing five points above the bottom three.
It was a deserved win but Fulham threatened early when Aleksandar Mitrovic failed to convert Matt Targett's cross.
But Blues regained their composure and took the lead after 15 minutes when Jutkiewicz converted Wes Harding's low cross for his sixth goal of the season.
St Andrew's erupted and the hosts rarely looked like losing the lead.
Cairney drilled wide after 25 minutes but, with their automatic promotion chances on the line, Fulham failed to find a first-half response.
David Stockdale saved from Stefan Johansen in a rare opening for the visitors before they fell further behind on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors were guilty of slack marking as Dean stole in round the back to head in Jota's cross and spark pandemonium.
But Stockdale needed to make a smart save to maintain Birmigham's half-time lead when Cairney was left unmarked in the area.
Requiring a remarkable comeback, Fulham were dragged into a second-half scrap by the hosts.
Aboubakar Kamara, Denis Odoi and Kevin McDonald were booked as the Cottagers lost their way.
Sam Gallagher and Jacques Maghoma tested Marcus Bettinelli during a second half which only sparked at the death.
Cairney pulled a goal back with five minutes left when he headed in after being gifted too much time six yards out.
A minute later Stockdale turned over Mitrovic's header but Adams' 89th-minute strike, when he was left free on the left, sealed victory for Birmingham.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 West Bromwich Albion 11 +8 22
2 Nottingham Forest 11 +7 22
3 Preston North End 11 +11 21
4 Swansea City 11 +7 21
5 Leeds United 11 +8 20
6 Bristol City 11 +5 20
7 Fulham 11 +10 19
8 Sheffield Wednesday 11 +7 19
9 Queens Park Rangers 11 -1 19
10 Charlton Athletic 11 +3 18
11 Cardiff City 11 0 16
12 Birmingham City 11 -3 16
13 Derby County 11 0 15
14 Blackburn Rovers 11 -2 14
15 Millwall 11 -4 14
16 Hull City 11 -2 13
17 Brentford 11 0 12
18 Luton Town 11 -5 11
19 Wigan Athletic 11 -7 11
20 Middlesbrough 11 -5 10
21 Huddersfield Town 11 -6 8
22 Reading 11 -6 8
23 Barnsley 11 -14 6
24 Stoke City 11 -11 5