Brentford 0-2 Hull City
Hull climbed above both Burnley and Brighton on goal difference to top the Championship table after a 2-0 victory against Brentford. Andrew Robertson put the visitor’s ahead midway through the 2nd half from a tight angle as he got on the end of Sam Clucas’ ball. Clucas would go from provider to finisher in the final minutes as he also found goal rounding off Hull’s 4th consecutive league win.
Burnley 3-1 Fulham
A Matty Taylor strike prevented a late comeback from Fulham after £8m striker Andre Gray had put Burnley 2-0 up. Gray’s first was a powerful header on the back of Dave Jones’ cross after just twenty minutes. He managed to extend Burnley’s lead not long after when he got on the end of Scott Arfield’s pass before neatly sliding the ball past Joe Lewis. However Fulham did show signs of a fightback when Ross McCormack managed to curl his effort home with his left foot. Unfortunately for the Cottagers as they pushed men forward in search of an equaliser substitute Matty Taylor smashed home to earn the home side the victory.
Reading 2-2 Huddersfield Town
A late Ola John goal earned Reading a point after they twice fell behind against Huddersfield. Huddersfield took the lead after just two minutes when Jamie Paterson fired home. However Oliver Norwood soon levelled the game up with a stunning free-kick against his former side. In an end-to-end first half Nakhi Wells put the Terriers back in front with a neat finish. John would cut inside late on before smashing home and equaliser to earn Reading a point. Reading failed to climb back into the play-off spots whilst Huddersfield have now won just one of their last seven games.
Ipswich Town 2-0 Bolton Wanderers
Ipswich earned their first win in three after a comfortable performance against strugglers Bolton. Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitlind-Niles opened the scoring for the home side after just fifteen minutes with a low effort from outside the area. Ipswich controlled the game from start to finish and doubled their lead twenty minutes from time as Brett Pitman powered past Ben Amos. Ipswich move up to 10th whilst Bolton remain on one league victory so far this season.
Derby County 1-0 QPR
Andreas Weimann’s second half goal was the difference between promotion hopefuls Derby and QPR at the iPro Stadium. Defender Richard Keogh did well to find Jacob Butterfield who hit the post but the ball fell to Weimann who curled his effort low and beyond Rob Green early in the second half. Jeff Hendrick also went close for the Rams. With just six minutes remaining James Perch was sent off for QPR to round off a disappointing evening for Chris Ramsey’s side.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Rotherham United
Stewart Downing’s goal was enough to maintain Middlesbrough’s play-off place whilst also resigning Rotherham to the bottom of the league. Downing latched onto a stray pass near the halfway line before sprinting into the Rotherham box and unleashing an angled effort which went right across keeper Lee Camp. Boro came close to doubling their lead when Carlos De Pena hit the bar and George Friend also hit the post towards the end. Rotherham only managed one shot on target and remain winless under new manager Neil Redfearn.
Leeds United 1-0 Cardiff City
Steve Evans guided Leeds to their first home league win since 4th March as beat Cardiff 1-0 at Elland Road. Alex Mowatt’s sensational long-range effort was enough to see off Cardiff and earn Steve Evans his first victory as Leeds boss. Chris Wood could have made it a more comfortable win but he could only drag his shot wide. Sean Morrison came closest for the Bluebirds in the first half but his header was saved by Marco Silvestri.
MK Dons 1-0 Charlton Athletic
It is now five straight defeats for managerless Charlton and 8 in their last 9 as they fell to MK Dons away. The visitors almost took the lead when Jordan Cousins’ effort was saved well by David Martin. However Dean Bowditch would put the home side ahead not long after with a calm finish on the bacl of Samir Carruthers through ball. The Dons dominated with Bowditch hitting the post and Nicky Maynard being denied on numerous occasions but they didn’t need the 2nd goal and moved four points clear of the relegation zone.
Preston North End 1-0 Nottingham Forest
It is now five clean sheets on the run for Simon Grayson’s men as they continue to adapt to Championship life with a 1-0 win over Forest. The home side managed to score early on when Eoin Doyle was quickest to react and score on the rebound from a counter-attack. Forest came close through Jamie Ward, Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes whilst Preston’s came close to a second through Joe Garner. Forest have now failed to win in the league since 15th September.
Bristol City 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jonathan Kodija’s late first half header was enough to move Bristol City four points clear of the relegation zone as they beat Wolves. An Elliott Bennett cross was met with the head of Kodija who forced directed the ball home to seal only City’s 2nd home victory of the season. As for Wolves they drop down to 14th with new signing Grant Holt coming closest for the visitors. A late penalty claim was waved away for Wolves after a possible foul on Matt Doherty.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton were ousted from top spot after a 3rd consecutive draw away at Sheffield Wednesday. The game was a rather dull affair with just three shots on target. Sam Baldock did make Kieran Westwood make a save after half-time whilst Wednesday came close late on when Daniel Pudil shot wide.
Birmingham City 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
Birmingham have now failed to win in their last three outings as Blackburn earned a point at St Andrews. A late save from Jason Steele prevented Birmingham snatching a victory after David Cotterill’s header. Shane Duffy came closest for Rovers with a header from a corner. Youngster Demarai Gray also tested Steele with a long range effort but neither side could break the deadlock.
10 – Andre Gray (Burnley).
9 – Nick Blackman (Reading).
8 – Chris Martin (Derby), Ross McCormack (Fulham), Jonathan Kodija (Bristol C), Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn).
7 – Charlie Austin (QPR), Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Abel Hernandez (Hull).
6 – Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham).
5 – Alan Judge (Brentford).
4 – Ross Wallace (Wednesday), James Henry (Wolves), Dave Nugent (Boro), Joe Newell (Rotherham), Freddie Sears (Ipswich), Scott Arfield (Burnley), Dave Jones (Burnley), Harry Bunn (Huddersfield), Peter Whittinham (Cardiff).
Most Clean Sheets
8 – Alan McGregor (Hull), Jordan Pickford (Preston).
6 – Scott Carson (Derby), Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Boro), David Stockdale (Brighton).
5 – Jason Steele (Blackburn), David Marshall (Cardiff), Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).