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Sky Bet Championship round-up

1 October 2014

We take a look at the midweek action in the Sky Bet Championship.

Huddersfield Town and Fulham were the big winners on Wednesday night in the Sky Bet Championship as they saw off Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers respectively.

Chris Powell's Terriers recorded three points at Molineux to stop Wolves moving to the summit of the division with a 3-1 victory.

Harry Bunn and Sean Scannell gave Powell's men a 2-0 half-time lead before Conor Coady's 30-yard strike put them 3-0 up. Bakary Sako pulled one back for the hosts but they couldn't find a way back and succumbed to their first home league defeat since December.

At Craven Cottage, Fulham hit four without reply past Bolton to notch their third successive win in all competitions under caretaker manager Kit Symons -  further enhancing his chances of landing the managerial position on a permanent basis.

Hugo Rodallega, Fernando Amorebieta, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Tim Hoogland got the goals and that result moved the Cottagers above the Trotters in the standings.

Elsewhere, Leeds United and Reading battled out a 0-0 draw at Elland Road. The Royals remain 10th in the division, while Leeds – still waiting for their first victory under Darko Milanic – moved up to 12th.

On Tuesday, Norwich City retained top spot in the Sky Bet Championship despite being beaten at home by Charlton Athletic.

The Canaries were undone by Johnnie Jackson's 86th-minute strike at Carrow Road, but Nottingham Forest missed an opportunity to go above them.

Forest were held 0-0 on their travels by Wigan Athletic, and although that was enough to haul them level on 20 points with Norwich, their goal difference is marginally inferior.

Watford marked Billy McKinlay's appointment as head coach earlier in the day by also moving to the 20-point mark following a 2-1 victory over Brentford at Vicarage Road.

McKinlay, replacement for Oscar Garcia after he stepped down for health reasons, saw his side scrap for victory. They led when Odion Ighalo scored from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Brentford goalkeeper David Button, but Jonathan Douglas hauled the visitors level after 57 minutes.

Matej Vidra then came up trumps for Watford with a superb winner 20 minutes from time, yet the Hornets still had to endure a nervous finale following Daniel Pudil's dismissal for a second yellow card during stoppage time.

Derby County marked manager Steve McClaren's first year in charge by seeing off Bournemouth 2-0 at the iPro Stadium, where both goals arrived following Cherries goalkeeper Lee Camp's 68th-minute red card for a professional foul.

With former Derby keeper Camp out of the action, Will Hughes struck nine minutes from time to open Derby's account, then prolific marksman Chris Martin pounced during the dying seconds to wrap up three points and take County fourth.

Ipswich Town remained in fifth after a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, where Atdhe Nuhiu's early header put Wednesday ahead before substitute Jonny Williams drew Ipswich level midway through the second period.

Bottom club Blackpool held hosts Middlesbrough 1-1 as former Boro player Ishmael Miller cancelled out Daniel Ayala's goal for the home side, and Rotherham saw off Blackburn 2-0 thanks to goals by Kari Arnason and Luciano Becchio.

Cardiff City, who hope to appoint Russell Slade as their new manager later this week, drew 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion after Kenwyne Jones equalised within a minute of Bruno putting Brighton ahead, and Birmingham City were 3-1 winners away to Millwall courtesy of goals by Clayton Donaldson, David Cotterill and Wes Thomas. Lee Gregory scored for Millwall.

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