Your latest round-up from all the action in the Football League Championship!
Rotherham 1-2 Wednesday
On Friday night it was Sheffield Wednesday who were victorious in the South Yorkshire derby against Rotherham. The majority of the action came in the second half. Wednesday opened the scoring when Lucas Joao tapped home to an open net. Fernando Forestieri doubled the Owls lead when he poked the ball home after some poor Rotherham defending from the corner. Tom Thorpe did get a late consolation for the home side.
Blackburn 0-1 Burnley
Sean Dyche’s Burnley side managed to nick a victory in the East Lancashire derby at Ewood Park against Blackburn. It was a magnificent Scott Arfield curling effort from the edge of the box which sealed victory for the visitors. Rovers’ Tom Lawrence did have a chance as he went through one-on-one with Tom Heaton but skied his effort over the bar. Craig Conway also hit the bar with a long-range effort but Blackburn left the game with nothing.
Fulham 4-2 Reading
Fulham came from 2 goals down against high-flyers Reading to seal a 4-2 victory in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday. Lucas Piazon and former Fulham striker Orlando Sa had put the Royals 2-0 up, both with great finishes. However Ross McCormack soon pegged back the deficit as he teed himself up and volleyed home. Moussa Dembele then levelled the game has he slid onto the end of Lasse Vigen Christensen’s low cross. Some neat football from Fulham led to their 3rd and 4th goals. Alexander Kacanikilic found himself on goal and slotted into the goal. Before finally a clever McCormack backheel fed through Dembele who fired home for his 3rd in 2 games and gave the Cottagers the victory.
Wolves 1-3 Middlesbrough
Three late goals helped Middlesbrough come from behind to beat Wolves. Dave Edwards had originally put the home side ahead with a diving header midway through the first half. However Diego Fabbrini’s low effort with twenty minutes to go signalled a late turnaround. Nathan Burn then brought down George Friend inside the area with Grant Leadbitter dispatching the penalty to give Boro the lead. The game was capped off when Stewart Downing came on from the bench and curled home a precise free-kick to give Middlesbrough a 3-1 victory.
Charlton 0-3 Brentford
Charlton manager Guy Luzon lost his job on Saturday night as the Addick’s fell to a second consecutive 3-0 defeat this time to fellow Londoners Brentford. The Bee’s took the lead midway through the first half when John Swift headed home a wonderfully accurate Alan Judge cross. Judge would then turn goal scorer on the other side of the interval as he cut inside and bent home a curling effort. It was Lasse Vibe who scored late on to put the final nail in Luzon’s coffin.
Hull 2-0 Birmingham
Steve Bruce’s Hull side continued their good form as they defeated fellow promotion hopefuls Birmingham at the KC. The Tigers controlled the majority of the game and it paid dividend when David Meyler side-footed home his shot from the edge of the area. Striker Abel Hernandez doubled the lead when he chipped the ball up before turning and putting the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak. The victory means Hull are now in the automatic promotion spots.
QPR 3-0 MK Dons
Three goals in 18 minutes towards the end of the game gave QPR a comfortable victory over MK Dons. Rangers Jay-Emmanuel Thomas found the net first when he brought the ball down before rounding three Dons defenders and scoring. Matt Phillips got on the scoresheet not long after when he cut inside and bent his effort into the far corner. Junior Hoillet rounded off the win with a late goal from a scrappy corner. Simon Church had the best chance for the Dons at 0-0.
Huddersfield 1-2 Derby
A George Thorne thunderbolt meant Derby left Huddersfield with a 2-1 victory. Rams striker Chris Martin had got the scoring underway early on. This before Huddersfield’s Harry Bunn managed to bundle home after some suspect defending from the visitors. However Derby would grab the winner early in the second half as Thorne lashed home his volley from 25-yards out on the back of a corner.
Forest 1-1 Ipswich
Liam Trotter scored on his Forest debut to snatch a late draw after Ipswich had led. Trotter scored a 95th minute rebound after completing his loan move from Bolton earlier that morning. Ipswich had taken the lead late on when Kevin Bru’s cross eventually fell for Jonathan Parr who looped his effort into the far corner.
Bolton 1-1 Leeds
Shola Ameobi scored on his Bolton debut but it wasn’t enough to earn all 3 points as Steve Evans earned a draw in his first away game as Leeds boss. The former Newcastle forward hammered home a low corner to give Bolton the lead in the first half. However Prince would be dismissed for a foul midway through the second half. Mirco Antenucci put away the penalty and earned United a point.
Brighton 0-0 Preston
Championship table-toppers Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw by strugglers Preston at home but it does mean they are still the only unbeaten side in the Football League. Jamie Murphy came close twice for the Seagulls with a free-kick just needing a Brighton touch. As for Preston Joe Garner had his header headed off the line.
Cardiff 0-0 Bristol City
Cardiff have goalkeeper David Marshall to thank for them earning a draw in the Severnside derby against Bristol City. Marshall made an incredible save from Jonathan Kodija’s header managing to tip it over the bar. Kodija also had a goal disallowed as he poked home from an offside position.
9 – Nick Blackman (Reading).
8 – Chris Martin (Derby).
7 – Charlie Austin (QPR), Abel Hernandez (Hull), Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn).
6 – Benik Afobe (Wolves), Andre Gray (Burnley), Alan Judge (Brentford), Jonathan Kodija (Bristol), Ross McCormack (Fulham).
6 – Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham).
4 – Peter Whittinham (Cardiff), Alan Judge (Brentford), Joe Newell (Rotherham), Ross Wallace (Wednesday).
6 – Jordan Pickford (Preston), Allan McGregor (Hull).
5 – Scott Carson (Derby), David Stockdale (Brighton).
4 – David Marshall (Cardiff), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton), Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough).