Huddersfield Town boss admits Terriers are in the battle, Wayne Rooney hails Derby County character and Birmingham City's 'lack of effort' - How Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United's relegation rivals did this weekend
Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United had their matches called off over the weekend… and results for teams around them at the bottom of the Championship table made things even tighter in the battle to evade the drop.
Bottom of the table Wycombe gave themselves hope of staying up after a second half comeback saw the Chairboys beat Huddersfield Town 3-2.
It was a result that saw Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberon admit that the Terriers were well and truly in the battle to stay up.
“It was an awful game, more than a disaster. But are in a relegation battle now," said Corberon.
He added: “It’s easy to have confidence when you’re getting results, but the challenge is to have confidence when the results are not going your way. We need to change the mentality of the players rather than be angry. We need to face every game and to try and win every game to stay in the Championship."
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “It’s been a really tough month but we proved that we can compete, it’s just about doing it consistently. The boys were superb, in the second half especially.”
Second-bottom Birmingham lost 1-0 to Luton, who now are sitting comfortably in mid-table, with Blues boss Aitor Karanka questioning the effort and application of his players.
"When one team wants to win, wants to win every second ball and wants to win every header, they (Luton) did it and we didn’t, he said.
“That’s because they wanted it more than us.”
Coventry are three points outside the bottom three and lost 3-1 to Cardiff City, with Sky Blues manager Mark Robins saying: “I thought it was the poorest performance of the season. We didn’t show our ability to fight against a team that fights."
Derby County are also three points out of the drop zone but with a game in hand over those above and below them. Wayne Rooney praised the character in his team after a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at Pride Park.
Rooney said: “In the last 10 minutes, I thought the way we defended the box and put bodies on the line showed the character of this group. I think it’s clear for everyone to see, the one thing this team has is character and great togetherness.”