EPL Promotion Watch: Millwall Making Surge Up the Championship Table

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Chris Wood of Millwall celebrates his second goal during the npower Championship match between Millwall and Birmingham City at The Den on October 23, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The top six in the Championship has remained at status quo for weeks with no club making a big surge into the top six until this past week. 

The club breaking into the top six is Millwall, who have not lost since September 22nd. 

With a 1-0 win over the Wolves on Tuesday, the Lions solidified their spot in the promotion race by jumping into fifth place in the table. 

The London-based club have won their last four matches and are in the midst of a 12-match unbeaten run that started with an away draw at Burnley on September 29th. 

Manager Kenny Jackett has gotten the most out of his squad in the last month with wins over Derby County, Leeds United and Blackburn to add to Tuesday's road triumph at the Molineux Stadium. 

By taking the maximum 12 points from their last four matches, Millwall now sit in fifth place with 32 points ahead of their home match on Saturday with Charlton Athletic at The Den. 

As for how the rest of the promotion contenders fared during midweek play in the Championship, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace stayed in the top two after both clubs drew on the road on Tuesday. 

Cardiff's trip to Derby County resulted in a 1-1 draw with the hosts equalizing in the second half to deny the Bluebirds' attempt at becoming the first club to reach 40 points this season.

The draw puts Cardiff at 38 points, one point ahead of Palace who played to a 0-0 draw with sixth-place Hull City. 

Middlesbrough gained ground on the top two with a 3-0 win at home over Huddersfield Town. 

Boro received two goals from Scott McDonald in the win at the Riverside Stadium that saw the club jump over Leicester City into third place.

Leicester were unsuccessful in their visit to Elland Road as they fell 1-0 to Leeds United.

Here is how the Championship table looks after 19 matches.

Club Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 38 12
Crystal Palace 37 12
Middlesbrough 35 8
Leicester City 33 14
Millwall 32 7
Hull City 32 3

The 20th set of matches in the Championship season kicks off Friday and continues all weekend with Crystal Palace hosting seventh-place Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday being the marquee match.