Championship round-up: Four ex-Middlesbrough men score as Jonathan Woodgate's side slip closer to the drop zone

It was another frustrating weekend for Middlesbrough and Jonathan Woodgate – and while the Teessiders endured an afternoon to forget at Swansea, many of their former players were impressing for other clubs.

Sunday, 15th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Sunday, 15th December 2019, 2:41 pm
Patrick Bamford scores from the penalty spot against Cardiff City.
Patrick Bamford scores from the penalty spot against Cardiff City.

Patrick Bamford scored twice for Leeds against Cardiff at Elland Road, taking the striker’s Championship goal tally up to nine this season.

It wasn’t enough to secure all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, though, as the Whites remarkably blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3.

Bamford’s old Boro team-mate Lee Tomlin played a big part in the comeback, scoring the Bluebirds’ first goal and assisting Robert Glatzel’s late equaliser.

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The result meant Leeds lost their place at the top of the table following West Brom’s 3-2 win over Birmingham in the day’s early kick-off.

Lukas Jutkiewicz had given the Blues an early lead at St Andrew's but Slaven Bilic’s side fought back to claim all three points thanks to two goals from substitute Charlie Austin.

The most surprising result of the day came at the City Ground where Nottingham Forest were thumped 4-0 by Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday side.

Former Boro frontman Jordan Rhodes hadn’t even scored in the Championship this season but netted an impressive hat-trick, which included an overhead kick, to send the Owls up to fifth.

At the other end of the table, Boro stayed 20th following their defeat at the Liberty Stadium but are now just three points above the drop zone ahead of crucial home games against Stoke City and Huddersfield.

Stoke remain 22nd in the table following a goalless draw at home to Reading but would move ahead of Boro with a win at the Riverside on Friday night.

Wigan were also unable to climb out of the bottom three after squandering a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 with Huddersfield.

In fact, only one side which started the day in the bottom ten, Barnsley, managed to win over the weekend.

The Tykes remain rooted to the bottom of the division but are now just four points from safety after an action-packed 5-3 win over QPR.