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Championship round-up: Leeds move top, Sunderland’s wait for a home win goes on

14 Sep

Leeds United 2-0 Birmingham City


Leeds climbed top of the Championship as a 2-0 home win against Birmingham extended their unbeaten league start to to seven matches.

The West Yorkshire club were hanging on to a 1-0 lead in the closing stages against Birmingham, courtesy of Samuel Saiz’s first-half effort, before substitute Stuart Dallas struck their second in the 90th minute.

But if Thomas Christiansen’s side served warning of their promotion credentials in dazzling fashion by despatching Burton at Elland Road on Saturday, they were made to dig deep against Harry Redknapp’s side.

Blues belied their poor start to the season under Redknapp – they have won only one of their first seven matches – and will feel aggrieved to have finished empty handed.

Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough

Struggling Aston Villa again failed dismally to improve their lowly position as they were held by Middlesbrough to their second goalless Championship home draw in the space four days.

Villa had few excuses as for an hour they battled against 10-man Middlesbrough after Adama Traore had been sent off in the fourth minute.

In a game which failed to hit any high notes, Villa’s Henri Lansbury was also shown red midway through the second half.

Norwich City 0-0 Burton Albion

Norwich were frustrated by a rearguard action from a determined Burton side as a disappointing encounter at Carrow Road ended goalless.

The Canaries improved markedly after the break and created enough chances to have won the game comfortably, but the Brewers stood firm as they produced an excellent response to Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing at Leeds.

For the hosts it was a fourth point from two home games, having beaten Birmingham 1-0 at the weekend, although they will be disappointed to have not collected the full allotment after dominating the game for long periods.

Preston North End 3-0 Cardiff City

Cardiff were knocked off the top of the Championship table after they were beaten 3-0 by Preston at Deepdale to end their unbeaten start.

A first-half free-kick from Josh Harrop was added to by second-half goals from Sean Maguire and a wonder strike from Alan Browne, with the Lilywhites moving into the play-off places due to the well-earned thee points.

Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Millwall

Matt Smith scored an 85th-minute equaliser as QPR came back from two down to draw 2-2 with 10-man Millwall in an action-packed London derby at Loftus Road.

Conor McLaughlin fired the Lions ahead in the sixth minute and they were well on top before Lee Gregory was red-carded for a crude two-footed challenge on Josh Scowen four minutes before half-time.

Jed Wallace nevertheless doubled the visitors’ lead five minutes into the second half and they looked set for a first away win since being promoted back to the Championship.

But Massimo Luongo pulled a goal back for Rangers with 17 minutes remaining, volleying in from 10 yards out after keeper Jordan Archer had punched away Luke Freeman’s left-wing corner.

And when Byron Webster failed to clear Kazenga LuaLua’s left-wing cross, substitute Smith hooked the ball in to earn QPR a point.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Brentford

A sickening-looking injury to Brentford right-back Henrik Dalsgaard marred Sheffield Wednesday’s come-from-behind 2-1 win as Ross Wallace claimed the points for the Owls at a rain-sodden Hillsborough.

Nico Yennaris fired the Bees into an early lead, but Gary Hooper equalised in first-half stoppage time before Wallace smashed home the winner 20 minutes from time.

But Dalsgaard went down injured deep into added time and eventually left the pitch on a stretcher after receiving treatment on the pitch for over 10 minutes.

Sunderland 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Daryl Murphy returned to haunt Sunderland as his 86th-minute winner for Nottingham Forest condemned the Black Cats to their second home defeat in the space of four days.

Murphy has played for both Sunderland and Newcastle in the past, and he clearly retains a fondness for the north east given the slick way in which he settled things at the Stadium of Light.

Receiving the ball from Barrie McKay in the area, Murphy turned neatly before drilling a low strike into the corner to secure a 1-0 win for Forest.

The result means Sunderland are still waiting for their first home win of 2017, and are now just a point above the Championship relegation places.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-3 Bristol City

Danny Batth rescued a point for Wolves as they were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Bristol City. 

The defender scored with five minutes left to deny the Robins a first win at Molineux since 1931 after Bobby Reid’s late goal put them on the brink. 

In an exhilarating game Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota twice put Wolves ahead but they were pegged back by Aden Flint and Famara Diedhiou’s penalty. 

Wolves missed the chance to climb into the top two in the Championship as they dropped to fourth with Bristol City sitting in mid-table. 

Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Sheffield United

Cameron Carter-Vickers earned his spurs on debut with Sheffield United’s winner in their 1-0 Championship victory at bottom of the table Bolton.

The on-loan Tottenham youngster fired home after 33 minutes at the Macron Stadium as Chris Wilder’s side completed a fourth successive league win.

Carter-Vickers’ first senior goal also ended a run of 10 away defeats, dating back 40 years, at their Lancashire hosts.

Phil Parkinson’s Trotters have now lost five of their seven games since earning the second automatic promotion place behind the Blades last season and have failed to score in three successive outings.

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