Championship roundup: West Brom promoted, Wigan down, Forest implode to give up playoff berth

An absolutely incredible final day in the Championship came to a close a short time ago, with a roundup of the action and subsequent repercussions outlined below.

West Brom return to PL

The main takeaway from tonight’s 12 fixtures comes in the form of West Bromwich Albion securing their place back in the top-tier of English football.

The Baggies headed into their clash with QPR aware that they needed to better the result picked up by Brentford.

And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what Slaven Bilic’s men managed.

Though West Brom could only manage a 2-2 draw, Brentford fell to a shock defeat at home to Barnsley, meaning Premier League football will return to the Hawthorns once again next season.

Heartbreak for Wigan

These results also had a major baring on the relegation race, with Barnsley’s win at Griffin Park, courtesy of an injury-time winner, having seen the Tykes avoid the drop by the skin of their teeth.

Instead, Hull City and Charlton, on the back of respective drubbings at the hands of Cardiff and Leeds, now face a 2020/21 campaign in League One.

The final of the relegated sides, meanwhile, are Wigan.

Though the Latics’ 1-1 draw at home to Fulham this evening would otherwise have seen them finish in a respectable 13th-place, the club’s 12-point EFL deduction means that Paul Cook’s men can no longer refer to themselves as a Championship outfit.

Forest blow it

The final day drama, though, did not stop there.

An absolutely unthinkable swing in the playoff picture somehow saw Nottingham Forest miss out on a chance to return to the top-flight, with Swansea having replaced Sabri Lamouchi’s men in the top-6.

Forest were dealt a 4-1 drubbing at home to Stoke City, with Swansea’s victory by the same margin at Reading having incredibly seen both sides finish on 70 points, but the Swans manage a +1 superior goal difference.

Joining them in the promotion playoffs, meanwhile, are Brentford, Fulham and Cardiff City.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.