Championship round-up: Hull City close in on top two with win, Fulham move away from drop zone, Charlton secure massive three points
Hull City closed in on the automatic promotion places, defeating Bristol City by a 4-0 scoreline at the KC Stadium.
Curtis Davies scored the opening goal for the Tigers, as they put their dominance on show early in the game. Robert Snodgrass provided the opener, and then got himself on the scoresheet, doubling the lead after 39 minutes. Mohamed Diame further extended the margin of victory, with Sone Aluke grabbing a fourth in the final 10 minutes, as Steve Bruce’s men moved within four points of the top two.
Bolton went a man down against Reading after Rob Holding was dismissed midway through the first half, leaving the Royals to dominate the game. They managed 22 shots against Wanderers, but it took until injury time for Ola John to break the deadlock with an exceptional strike – securing all three points for Brian McDermott’s side.
Steve Evans saw his former side Rotherham beat his current Leeds United team, with Lee Frecklington netting the opening goal after 27 minutes. Matt Derbyshire’s red card midway through the second half put their lead under threat, and the Whites capitalised, with Luke Murphy’s deflected long range strike tying the game. However, the Millers fought back, and Greg Halford won the tie with an injury time penalty scored past Giuseppe Bellusici – who replaced dismissed goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the Leeds net.
Jon Toral scored after 32 minutes to give Birmingham the lead against relegation threatened Charlton, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson brought the Addicks level just six minutes later. The second bottom team then gave themselves a massive boost to their survival chances, as Jorge Teixeira scored an injury time winner to close the gap to safety.
Derby were beaten by Cardiff at the iPro Stadium, dealing a blow to the Rams promotion chances. Bruno Ecuele Manga netted the opener for the Bluebirds late in the first-half, but Chris Martin pulled the game level at the start of the second-half. Stuart O’Keefe restored Cardiff’s lead, securing all three points for the Welsh club. The Rams, who are hoping to win promotion to the Premier League this season, end the day eight points away from the automatic places.
Alan Judge assisted Lasse Vibe’s opening goal on his 100th game for Brentford, as they eased past Nottingham Forest. Nico Yennaris netted the second, before Eric Lichaj picked up two yellow cards in the space of five minutes to find himself sent off. Sergi Canos rounded off the win, bagging the third goal of the game with just moments remaining.
A drab first-half ended scoreless, but Ross McCormack broke the deadlock after 54 minutes in the bottom of the table clash between Fulham and MK Dons. The Dons pulled one back through Josh Murphy, but wonderkid Moussa Dembele put the Cottagers back in front with 15 minutes remaining. The victory moved Slavisa Jokanovic’s men four points clear of the Dons – and the bottom three.
Fernando Forestieri scored a late winning goal for Sheffield Wednesday, picking up all three points against Huddersfield. Good work from Lucas Joao on the wing set up the chance for Forestieri, who converted to keep Carlos Carvalhal’s promotion chasing side in the top six with a tight 1-0 win in this Yorkshire derby.
Wolves held Ipswich to a 0-0 draw at Molineux, despite the visitors having the majority of the chances. The Tractor Boys are hoping to move into the play-off places, but this draw leaves them six points off the top six.
Preston came from behind to defeat Blackburn Rovers, thanks in part to Gary Bowyer’s men being reduced to 10 men. Elliot Ward handed Rovers the lead, but Shane Duffy was dismissed after 24 minutes for handling Joe Garner’s shot on the line. Garner converted the resultant penalty, and Jordan Hugill secured the victory just prior to half-time.
Michael Keane scored an injury time equaliser to extend Burnley’s unbeaten run to 16 games, with Brighton unable to move into the top two with just one point. Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert netted either side of Andre Gray’s 23rd goal of the season, and when it appeared as if the Seagulls would move ahead of Middlesbrough, Keane headed home a corner to secure a share of the spoils.
Results in full:
Blackburn 1-2 Preston North End
Brighton 2-2 Burnley
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Reading
Cardiff 2-1 Derby
Charlton 2-1 Birmingham
Wolves 0-0 Ipswich
Huddersfield 0-1 Sheffield Wed
Hull City 4-0 Bristol City
Nottingham Forest 0-3 Brentford
Rotherham 2-1 Leeds United
Fulham 2-1 MK Dons