Dean Smith’s side suffered a first home defeat in 14 on Saturday as Norwich City took the points at Griffin Park. The only goal of the game came five minutes in as James Maddison took aim from 30 yards and fired into the top corner past Daniel Bentley. The Bees had chances in to level but failed to find a way through as their unbeaten home run, which had stood since August, came to an end.
The B Team also suffered defeat as Reading avenged last weekend’s 9-1 humiliation with a 3-2 win on home soil on Wednesday. Bradley Clayton and Theo Archibald scored the goals for Kevin O'Connor's side but it wasn't enough to see The Bees past The Royals for the second time in four days.
There has been one bit of player movement this week with striker Justin Shaibu joining Sky Bet League One side Walsall on loan until the end of the season.
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With the FA Fourth Round fixtures taking precedence this weekend, it was a reduced Championship fixture programme with only four matches taking place. Fulham’s 3-1 win over Barnsley saw the west London side move into the Play-Off places, while Bristol City’s 2-0 win over QPR lifted Lee Johnson’s side up to fourth. The other game saw runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers extend their lead to 12 points after a 1-0 win at Ipswich Town.
With just days to go until the end of the January transfer window, Norwich City continue to be the second tier’s wheeler dealers. The Canaries completed the signings of German trio Onel Hernandez, Dennis Srbeny, and Moritz Leitner late last week. Other moves over the past seven days have seen Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe join Aston Villa on loan, experienced defender Jason Shackell move from Derby County to Millwall, and Bristol City complete the signing of French striker Loïs Diony.
Newport County nearly pulled off one of the all-time FA Cup shocks after holding Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade on Saturday. The Exiles led until eight minutes from time but Harry Kane spared Spurs’ blushes and set up a bumper pay-day for the League Two side at Wembley next weekend. One side who did pull off a giant killing were 2013 winners Wigan Athletic, a pair of Will Grigg goals seeing off ten-man West Ham United. Things got worse for The Hammers with Arthur Masuaku picking up a six-game ban after spitting at Nick Powell during the game.
Elsewhere, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City made it through safely but Liverpool were knocked out after a 3-2 defeat at Anfield against West Bromwich Albion. The Reds’ defeat was overshadowed by a string of controversial first-half VAR decisions. League Two Coventry City made it into Round Five after beating MK Dons while Notts County are also in the hat after a 1-1 draw against Premier League Swansea City.