Winners and losers of week 34 of the championship

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As if there wasn’t enough football down our throats every night, the Championship continues to work through its hectic match schedule.

Seriously, 42 games and then the play-offs? That is absurd at best.

However, we cannot complain because England’s second division offers some of the best moments and is sometimes much more entertaining than the top flight.

90min has chosen the biggest winners and losers of week 34, just for you.

Perhaps a dark horse in the usual discussions for promoting the Premier League, the Royals have rebounded from the loss to the bottom of the table to score two big wins on the rebound.

A 1-0 win against Blackburn on Tuesday night has seen them sneak into the play-offs in fifth place, two points ahead of Bournemouth in sixth place.

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Derby must be careful | Cardiff City FC / Getty Images

Wayne Rooney’s Rams took a beating in a 4-0 loss to Cardiff on Tuesday night, allowing him to go on a long journey home.

Losing 4-0 is never great, but it’s even worse knowing that it leaves them just six points above the drop zone at 18th and undoes some solid results against Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield and Wycombe.

You better go back to that hair loss clinic; this season will be no less stressful anytime soon.

Barnsley had six wins in a row with a 3-1 away win over QPR, in an attempt to give Manchester City a run for their money with winning streaks.

It puts the Yorkshire club in seventh place and just one point out of the play-offs with a match in hand. Also consider that they play sixth-ranked Bournemouth and a group of teams in a fight for relegation, and they might find themselves in an unlikely push for promotion.

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Wycombe needs a miracle now | Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Oh Wycombe …

Beating Reading with ten men and emerging victorious in a five-goal thriller in Huddersfield means nothing when you take on Watford and Norwich consecutively.

The loss to Watford makes it a 2-0 back-to-back loss and has undoubtedly shattered all the confidence they had, coming within 13 points of the safety of 21st place.

A massive 1-0 win against second-place Brentford sent Norwich ten points clear at the top of the Championship on Wednesday night, with Emiliano Buendia pocketing his 10th league goal of the season.

Canarias were barely a point ahead at the top of the table in mid-February, but now they appear to be pinned to win a second Championship in three seasons.

It’s a shame that they go back to the Premier League to be relegated immediately, isn’t it?

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Brentford? More like Bottle-Ford, am I right guys? | Stephen Pond / Getty Images

Brentford fumbled in Week 29 and failed to rise to the top of the table in a 2-0 home loss.

Since then, they have given up any chance of winning the title and are tied on points with third-place Watford with the loss to Norwich.

Failing a title charge is one thing, but they surely won’t go wrong with automatic promotion on top of that, right? They play the Hornets in the penultimate game of the season and, at this rate, by then they will be fighting for the middle of the table.

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