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Four talking points from Matchday 13 of the Championship

Matchday 13 of the Championship recently concluded with Norwich City maintaining their top position on the table with a third-straight victory.

Bournemouth, who are just one point and one place behind them, were the only other side from the top six to pick up a win from the midweek action.

Elsewhere, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers remain in the drop zone after going winless once again.

Four talking points from the midweek action:

Reading finally end losing streak: The Royals started the campaign in superb form with seven wins and one draw from their first eight games and that saw them hold a six-point lead at the top of the standings. However, their form has since been dreadful and the 1-1 draw at Millwall helped them end their four-match losing streak. They were unable to keep a clean sheet for the sixth game running, but were able to come up with a much-needed point after Lucas Joao scored his eighth goal of the league season.

Derby County’s woes continue: Derby opted to part ways with manager Phillip Cocu during the international break after they were bottom of the table without a win in seven games. Under the caretaker control of Wayne Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker, the Rams have not been able to change their fortunes and have now lost four games on the trot. Things are looking gloomy for the club and it remains to be seen whether they can turn things around with the anticipated takeover from Derventio Holdings.

Coventry City bag much-needed win: Coventry City have been languishing just above the drop zone over a number of weeks and the 1-0 victory over Cardiff City has helped them move three points clear of 22nd-placed Wycombe Wanderers. Mark Robins’ side have picked up four points in the two games after the international break. December will be a key month for them in the survival race as they are scheduled to face the bottom three in Wycombe, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County, all away from home.

Norwich City finding peak form: The Canaries made a rather underwhelming start to the campaign and they were seventh after Matchday 4 after back-to-back losses. However, they have since been on an upward trend and a run of seven wins and two draws from the next nine matches sees them top of the table with a one-point lead. During this streak, they have shown the characteristic of a title-winning side with four of their victories coming through goals after the 84th minute or more.

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