Championship roundup: Leeds miss chance to go top as QPR edge shock win

The Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, insisted there is no prospect of his team running out of steam in the promotion race after they were beaten 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers.

Having dominated most of the first half, the visitors were undone three minutes into the second when Luke Freeman flicked the ball home after being set up by Massimo Luongo. A win would have taken Bielsa’s side top and, when asked if he feared Leeds might fade during the crucial final stage of the season, the coach said: “Your question does not have any basis because if you watch the game you can see that this team has much energy. What our team has shown in every game is that we have an excess of energy.

“It’s clear that you don’t know what you are talking about, because if there is something this team doesn’t lack it is energy. It’s not an opinion, you just have to look at the figures to draw your own conclusions.”

Birmingham’s Garry Monk described his team’s performance as “magnificent” after an impressive 2-1 win at Bristol City.

The manager was all smiles after seeing goals from Connor Mahoney and Michael Morrison either side of half-time take his side to the fringe of the Championship play-off race. Famara Diédhiou put Bristol back in the game in the 66th minute but Blues held on. “We can’t control what goes on off the pitch and our season has been all about giving the fans performances they can take pride in,” said Monk. “I thought we were magnificent.”

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Hull kept alive their hopes of reaching the play-offs with a 2-1 win over Millwall. Goals from Jarrod Bowen and Marc Pugh did the damage although Shaun Hutchinson had levelled for the Lions. “We are doing everything we can to make it an exciting finish to the season,” said the Hull manager, Nigel Adkins. ““At the start of the season we were expected to get relegated. We are six points off the play-offs. I said to the players after the game: ‘Don’t let the season fizzle out.’”

Steven Fletcher scored both goals for Sheffield Wednesday as they beat Brentford 2-0 atHillsborough. “It was the best performance since I’ve been at the club,” said Steve Bruce. “Some of the stuff we played was terrific. “We could have a really good end to the season. We’ve got a huge game [the Sheffield derby] to look forward to next Monday.”