Championship round-up: Huddersfield extend lead at top of the table as Bristol City down Aston Villa
Huddersfield moved two points clear at the top of the Championship with a narrow win over fellow promotion contenders Wolves. The league leaders took the lead inside the opening five minutes, Rajiv van La Parra netting against his former club, converting the rebound from Kasey Palmer’s shot. Joe Mason had the ball in the back of the net on the brink of half-time, but saw his strike disallowed, and Wolves dominated the second half as they looked to get back into the game. However, Huddersfield held on to the win to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Bristol City 3-1 Aston Villa
Bristol City fought back from one-goal down to secure a surprise 3-1 home win over promotion contenders Aston Villa. The impressive Jack Grealish scored the opener in the first half, but Tammy Abraham – continuing his fine form since his loan arrival from Chelsea – grabbed the equaliser after 60 minutes. Joe Bryan struck two minutes later to send the hosts in front, and Lee Tomlin netted eight minutes from time as City picked up third win of the campaign.
Norwich suffered their first loss of the season as David Davis and Clayton Donaldson downed the Canaries at St Andrew’s. Goals 22 minutes in and 22 minutes from time put the result beyond doubt, with Donaldson adding a third to round off the victory in the dying stages.
Barnsley 4-0 Rotherham
A quick double salvo in the second half kick-started Barnsley to a win over Rotherham United. Marc Roberts and Adam Hammill netted within three minutes of each other to put the hosts in an unassailable position, with Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Kent rounding off the win late to ensure all three points stayed at Oakwell.
Sam Hutchinson scored late on to prevent Sheffield Wednesday falling to their third successive league defeat. Lasse Vibe opened the scoring for the Bees somewhat fortuitously, the Denmark international closing down a clearance from goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, with the ball rebounding off him back into the net. Vibe and David Jones were sent off to make the game 10v10, and the Owls clinched the late draw with Hutchinson striking two minutes into injury time.
A Daryl Murphy-less Ipswich side secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Preston thanks to Grant Ward’s fourth goal of the season. Murphy, reportedly on the brink of a move to Newcastle, was missing from the Ipswich line-up, but Ward’s goal after 15 minutes was enough to secure all three points for Mick McCarthy’s men.
Tom Cairney netted in injury time as Fulham continued their great season, claiming a win over winless Blackburn. The result moved the Cottagers into second place, two behind high-flying Huddersfield.
Reading secured all three points against Cardiff thanks to an 89th minute winner from Yann Kermorgant. With no win in three prior to today, the victory ensures Jaap Stam’s men move away from the bottom three.
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Leeds United
Leeds suffered their third league defeat of the season, as Nottingham Forest held off a fight back to claim all three points at the City Ground. Pajtim Kasami opened the scoring for the hosts, volleying Henri Lansbury’s corner home, with Marcus Antonsson coming closest to equalising for Leeds in the first-half with a shot on the turn which forced a strong save from Stephen Henderson in the Forest goal. Damien Perquis converted from another corner to put Forest two in front, and although Kalvin Phillips pulled one back in the dying stages, Forest rounded off the win in the dying stages with Oliver Burke netting a third.
Wigan Athletic 0-1 QPR
Nedum Onuoha netted the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half, as QPR secured a narrow win over newly promoted Wigan. The victory keeps Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men in contention at the top of the table.