Watford bounced again to the Premier League on the first time of asking after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Millwall sealed promotion. Brentford’s win at Bournemouth earlier within the day meant that solely three factors can be ok for Xisco Munoz’s males to be promoted alongside Norwich, who got here down with them final season. Ismaila Sarr’s early penalty gave Watford the right begin, however they needed to stand up to a nervy finale to ensure their place again within the status and riches of the English top-flight.
Previous to Munoz’s appointment on December 20, automated promotion seemed unlikely after dip in kind beneath Vladimir Ivic.
Nevertheless, 17 wins in simply 24 league video games beneath the Spaniard helped amass a 10-point lead over Brentford, who’ve simply three video games left to play.
“Everybody helped me, I’ve an enormous group behind me and it was a wonderful run within the to the season,” mentioned Munoz.
“I’ve been fortunate with the gamers, we now have an incredible connection, when everybody works with the identical concepts and fervour.”
Brentford at the moment are not less than assured a playoff spot with Bournemouth, Barnsley and Swansea nearly sure to affix them within the battle for the ultimate promotion place.
Barnsley moved 9 factors away from seventh-placed Studying with a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling Rotherham because of Carlton Morris’s early objective.
Per week after securing their promotion, Norwich closed in on the Championship title with a 3-1 win at Queens Park Rangers to take care of their five-point lead over Watford with two video games to go.
Xavi Quintilla, Max Aarons and Emiliano Buendia have been on the right track for Daniel Farke’s males at Loftus Highway.
On the different finish of the desk, the entire backside three misplaced to present Wayne Rooney’s Derby a reprieve regardless of the Rams shedding 2-1 at dwelling to Birmingham.
Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday, who misplaced 3-1 at Middlesbrough, are nonetheless 4 factors behind Derby, though Rotherham have two video games in hand to attempt to overturn that hole.
Backside-of-the desk Wycombe have been realistically relegated by a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff.
The Wanderers are six factors adrift of Derby however have even have a 13-goal hole to bridge on objective distinction.