Championship round-up: Wolves win again, Derby dismantle Millwall

Here are the highlights from an eventful day in the Championship:

Bolton 2-0 Cardiff City

Two late Bolton goals saw the Trotters inflict a fourth Championship defeat of the season on Cardiff.

Gary Madine’ 74th-minute penalty put Wanderers ahead after Sol Bamba had handled the ball, before Josh Vela tapped-in from close range.

Neil Warnock’s team had a first-half effort ruled out, but otherwise could not make a breakthrough.

Derby 3-0 Millwall 

Derby are making a serious push for the top two and three goals in the space of five first-half minutes helped them beat Millwall 3-0.

David Nugent scored two of them and Matej Vydra the other – his 14th of the season. They sit third, three points behind Cardiff.

Fulham 2-1 Barnsley

Second-half goals from Floyd Ayite and Sheyi Ojo earned Fulham a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win over struggling Barnsley.

Ayite, recalled by home manager Slavisa Jokanovic following a hamstring injury, opened the scoring nine minutes into the second half at Craven Cottage.

Tom Bradshaw equalised midway through the second period, but parity was only restored for four minutes before Ojo settled matters in the hosts’ favour.

Leeds United 1-0 Hull City

In-form Leeds moved back into the Championship play-off places after securing a gritty 1-0 victory against Hull.

Pablo Hernandez grabbed the decisive strike just before the half-hour mark – cashing in on a goalkeeping error – as Thomas Christiansen’s men registered a hugely impressive fifth victory in seven matches.

Preston North End 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Paul Huntington’s long-range strike earned Preston a point as Nottingham Forest drew a Championship match for the first time in 30 matches.

An open game failed to produce a goal until just before the hour when Ben Brereton started and finished a slick move to slot the visitors ahead.

But Preston responded impressively and centre-back Huntington levelled with a fine low strike.

QPR 1-1 Bristol City

Carabao Cup heroes Bristol City were back to the grind of the Championship on Saturday and came away from QPR with a point.

Three days after beating Manchester United to make the last four of the cup, Lee Johnson’s men fell 1-0 behind when Aden Flint put through his own net.

But Bobby Reid levelled from the spot to keep City in the thick of an automatic promotion hunt being comprehensively led by Wolves.

Reading 1-2 Burton Albion

Burton sprung a surprise as they won 2-1 at Reading.

Tom Flanagan put them ahead just before the break and, although Mo Barrow got Reading level, Tom Naylor won it for Nigel Clough’s men.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Middlesbrough

Two under-fire managers went head-to-head at Hillsborough and it was Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough who came from behind to beat Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.

Ross Wallace put Wednesday ahead and when Grant Leadbitter missed a spot-kick it looked like being the home side’s day. But Jonny Howson scored almost immediately after the penalty miss and then Ryan Shotton won it.

Sunderland 1- 1 Birmingham City

Birmingham slipped to the foot of the table after a 1-1 draw at improving Sunderland.

Sam Gallagher put City ahead, Lewis Grabban equalised and then Gallagher was sent off to end Birmingham’s hopes of an away win.

Wolves 1-0 Ipswich 

The Molineux club continue to march towards the Premier League without so much as a thought, seeing off Ipswich 1-0.

Ivan Cavaleiro scored before the break and Wolves are seven points clear of second-placed Cardiff, who lost 2-0 at Bolton thanks to Gary Madine’s 75th-minute penalty and Josh Vela’s goal.

 

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