Brighton are now three points clear at the top of the Championship table as they narrowly edged out fellow pacesetters Ipswich at Portman Road. The visitors went into the break two goals up after Kazenga Lualua fired home his third goal of the season before Tomer Hemed changed the path of Dale Stephen’s free-kick. However Ipswich fought back. Firstly Freddie Sears latched onto the ball after Brett Pitman had hit the post. This before David McGoldrick put a penalty past David Stockdale. Unfortunately for the Tractor Boys they would only remain level for two minutes. Tomer Hemed would head home his second of the afternoon and the Seagulls saw the game out for their fourth win in five league games.
Middlesbrough put last week’s defeat behind them as they climbed into the play-off places with a 3-1 victory away at Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach put the visitors in front late in the first half when he got on the end of Grant Leadbitters corner. Marco Matias scored for the second week on the run when his shot deflected past Dimitrios Konstantopoulos. However Wednesday only remained level for a few minutes before Diego Fabbrini finished a speedy counter-attack. Uruguayan Christian Stuani finished the game off when he put his effort into the far corner.
Steve Bruce’s side moved into the automatic promotion places as they beat Preston 2-0 at the KC Stadium. Hull’s Abel Hernandez was the man who put them in front, even if it was unintentionally, when a cross hit him and flew into the net. Hull dominated the majority of the game with Hernandez coming close to a second. However it was centre-back Curtis Davies who doubled their lead when he volleyed home from new signing Shaun Maloney’s ball into the box.
Huddersfield remain winless so far this season as QPR midfielder Tjaronn Chery’s third goal of the season saw off the home side. Chery managed to get on the end of Massimo Luongo’s cross to give QPR their third win on the run. Sought after striker Charlie Austin featured and was almost on the scoresheet. Defender Martin Cranie came closest for Huddersfield when his header was cleared off the line.
Nick Blackman grabbed a brace at Griffin Park as Reading saw off hosts Brentford 1-3. Orlando Sa’s header put the Royals ahead inside the first twenty minutes. Blackman would then score a wonderful 25 yard free-kick to extend the visitors lead. Lasse Vibe did put Brentford back in the game when his effort went in off the post. However a 90th minute Nick Blackman penalty sealed the game for Reading as they climbed above their opponents Brentford in the league.
Bristol City couldn’t repeat their late heroics of last weekend as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Burnley despite a 90th minute goal. Robin’s striker Jonathan Kodija was the man who forced home a late consolation. Before this however Burnley had scored a pair of first half headers to give them all three points. Firstly Ben Mee headed home from a corner. This was followed six minutes later when Michael Keane also got his head on the end of a corner.
A fiery first fifteen from Fulham helped them to victory over Rotherham at the New York Stadium. Ben Pringle was first to score against his old club when he finished from close range. Ross McCormack would double the Cottagers lead from the penalty spot ten minutes later. Something that Rotherham’s Matt Derbyshire couldn’t manage when his penalty was saved by Andy Lonergan. The Millers did eventually score through Jonson Clarke-Harris leading to a nervy last twenty for Fulham. However Cauley Woodrow’s 90th minute goal wrapped up an away victory for Kit Symons men.
Chris Wood’s late winner saw Leeds inflict Derby’s first league loss of the season however Clement’s side are still also winless. Leeds did lead just before half time when Tom Adeyami’s header beat Scott Carson. However on the other side of the interval Chris Martin’s low striker levelled the game for the Rams. But Chris Wood would smash home a 88th minute winner for Leeds who now sit just outside the play-off places.
Wolves came from behind at home to Charlton with an Adam Le Fondre strike stealing the spoils for the home side. Le Fondre got his foot on the end of Benik Afobe’s low cross to score his first goal for the club and give Wolves the victory. Dave Edwards had pulled Wolves level when he stabbed the ball home just after the hour mark. Charlton had led for ten minutes before this point when Johann Gudmundsson fired home his second in as many weeks for the Addicks.
Cardiff goal’s either side of half time saw off Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Kenwyne Jones’ headed goal put the Bluebirds ahead. Joe Mason would also score a header just after half time on the back of Anthony Pilkington’s shot to double the visitors lead. Highly sought after Michail Antonio managed to finish from a long ball up field to give Cardiff a nervy last few minutes but they held out for the win.
Gary Rowett’s Birmingham maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they came out 2-0 victors against MK Dons. Stephen Gleeson’s side-footed effort put the Blues ahead after Clayton Donaldson had cut the ball back for him. Donaldson also provided the assist for the second when substitute Jacques Maghoma got on the end of Donaldson’s ball and finished well. Loanee Sam Gallagher did come close with a header for MK Dons.
Two early strugglers Blackburn and Bolton played out a 0-0 draw in their Friday night Lancashire derby. Jordan Rhodes came closest for the home side with a first half header while Emile Heskey had a late effort cleared off the line for Bolton. Dorian Dervite was also dismissed late on for a second bookable offence.