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The Week in Football

Catch up with some of the stories you might have missed over the past seven days

4 December 2017

Brentford News

Two derby games returned four points for Dean Smith’s Bees after a draw at Queens Park Rangers and a victory over Fulham at Griffin Park. It could, and perhaps should, have been six from six after QPR struck twice in injury-time to salvage a point at Loftus Road. Any disappointment at that draw was swiftly erased with Sergi Canos, Romaine Sawyers, and Ollie Watkins on target as The Bees came from behind to take the west London bragging rights on home soil.

The B Team’s difficulties continued as they fell to a third straight defeat, this time away at Huddersfield Town. Both goals came in the first-half as Kevin O’Connor’s side returned home from West Yorkshire empty handed

Sky Bet Championship news

After just four wins in 20 Sky Bet Championship games, Leonid Slutsky parted company with Hull City last night, leaving with The Tigers 20th in the table, just three points above the drop zone. A 2-2 draw away at Sheffield Wednesday was the final straw as the Russian left having lasted just five months on Humberside.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have the chance to restore their four-point lead at the top of the table when they travel to struggling Birmingham City tonight. A 3-1 win over Norwich City on Friday night moved Cardiff City to within a point of the league leaders, with the pair pulling clear of Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, and Derby County in the Play-Off places.

At the other end of the table, a 3-1 win over Barnsley moved Phil Parkinson’s Bolton Wanderers out of the bottom three for the first time since August. Defeat to Derby County saw Burton Albion drop to the foot of the table with Sunderland and Birmingham City also the wrong side of the dotted line.

World Football news

Two goalkeepers dominated the world of football this weekend but for very different reasons. At The Emirates Stadium, David De Gea equalled the Premier League record for saves in a single match after their 3-1 win over Arsenal. The Spaniard repelled The Gunners’ 14 shots on target, including a sensational double save during the second-half, as United kept the pressure on their city rivals at the top of the league.

In Italy, minnows Benevento picked up their first-ever Serie A point after goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli headed home a 95th minute equaliser against AC Milan on Sunday. The Campanian club had set a European top five league record by losing their first 14 games this season but they salvaged a point on Sunday as the on-loan Juventus stopper nodded home deep into injury-time. Despite the point they still remain marooned at the bottom, nine points from safety.

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