Championship round-up: Burnley move seven points clear with win over Huddersfield

12 Mar

Huddersfield 1-3 Burnley

First-half goals from Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and Ben Mee was all it took for the Clarets to dispatch the Terriers at the Galpharm Stadium.

Joe Lolley did pull the score back to 2-1 with his goal after 44 minutes but it wasn’t enough to stop the relentless league leaders who, under Sean Dyche, seem hell bent on a return to the Premier League.

Bolton 1-2 Preston

The Trotters’ future may now look brighter off the pitch following a takeover by Sports Shield Consortium but their Championship future looks grim as they lost to North End, despite taking the lead at the Macron.

Liam Trotter had got the opener after 22 minutes but second half goals from Jordan Hugill and Marnick Vermijl saw them defeated and rooted to the bottom of the table.

Cardiff 1-0 Ipswich

The Bluebirds’ chances of making the play-off were given a huge boost as Bruno Ecuele Manga headed home a Peter Whittingham corner in Wales.

Fulham 1-2 Bristol City

Lee Tomlin was the hero for Lee Johnson’s Robins as his late free-kick handed them all three points against their fellow strugglers.

The Cottagers had taken the lead after just three minutes through Ross McCormack but Marlon Pack’s equaliser with 69 minutes on the clock set the stage for Tomlin to give Bristol City a vital victory which puts them four points clear of the relegation zone.

Hull 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons

The Tigers missed the chance to keep pace with Championship leaders Burnley as they were held to a draw by their visitors on Saturday afternoon.

Antony Kay gave struggling Dons the opening goal of the game but Sam Clucas ensured third place Hull got a share of the spoils.

Nottingham Forest 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls kept their promotion dreams alive as they beat the Tricky Trees despite being down to 10 men for the final 14 minutes of the match.

Aiden McGeady and Gary Hooper had seen Wednesday ahead before Barry Bannan was given his marching orders for a poor challenge.

But Marco Matias made sure the visitors claimed the three points as he struck the final goal of the match five minutes from time.

QPR 3-0 Brentford

The Super Hoops’ faint hopes of making the play-offs were kept alive as they beat west London rivals Brentford 3-0 at Loftus Road.

Junior Hoilett, Sebastian Polter and Tjaronn Chery got the goals which sent the Bees packing.

Rotherham 3-3 Derby

Another late show from the Millers gave their survival bid a shot in the arm as they came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with the Rams at the New York Stadium.

Derby scored their three goals in the space of ten second half minutes as Tom Ince’s brace sandwiched a Chris Martin strike.

But Neil Warnock’s side netted a treble in eight minutes at the death to hand them another point in their battle to beat the drop.

Danny Ward got the first with just seven minutes remaining in the match before Leon Best hit a brace of his own.


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