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Sky Bet Championship round-up

16 September 2014

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

On Wednesday, Jamie Ward moved on to five goals for the campaign as he bagged a brace in Derby County's first away league victory of the season at Blackburn Rovers.

The hosts were ahead inside a minute through Ben Marshall's fortuitous effort, but the Rams rallied and claimed a half-time lead thanks to strikes from Ward and Will Hughes.

And Ward, back in the team following a hamstring injury, struck again after the interval before Rudy Gestede pulled one back during a thrilling finale to the Rams' 3-2 win.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Britt Assombalonga hit a hat-trick as Nottingham Forest fought back in an incredible see-saw encounter at the City Ground to return to the top of the Championship table with a 5-3 win over Fulham.

The defeat keeps the pressure firmly on Cottagers boss Felix Magath, whose side fought back valiantly after going two goals down - scored by Assombalonga - to take the lead thanks to a Ross McCormack brace and a Hugo Rodallega strike.

But Michail Antonio managed to draw shell-shocked Forest level and a reeling Fulham side were punished by an alert Assombalonga, with substitute Jamie Paterson completing the scoring at the death.

Norwich City took advantage of playing a day ahead of Nottingham Forest on Tuesday by powering to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with a 3-0 win at Brentford.

Alex Tettey put the Canaries ahead in the 68th minute and then Cameron Jerome netted twice, the second of which was a spectacular long-range strike.

Watford also edged above Forest, for the time being at least, after a 68th-minute Matej Vydra penalty proved enough to secure maximum points in a 1-0 triumph at struggling Blackpool.

Wolves had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic, with Danny Batth equalising after Andre Bikey had put the Addicks in front.

Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn boosted his hopes of getting the Leeds United job on a permanent basis with a 3-1 success at Bournemouth, where Andrew Surman put the Cherries in front early on but United hit back through Souleymane Doukara, Giuseppe Bellusci and Mirco Antenucci.

Stevie May and Jeremy Helan hit the target as Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at Birmingham City, while Ipswich beat Brighton by the same scoreline at Portman Road thanks to goals from Jonathan Parr and Daryl Murphy.

Enrique Garcia Martinez put Middlesbrough ahead at Cardiff after just two minutes and that was how it stayed, while Huddersfield and Wigan drew 0-0.

Struggling Bolton enjoyed a welcome boost when edging out Rotherham 3-2 thanks to a Joe Mason hat-trick and Simon Cox struck twice as Reading beat Millwall by the same scoreline to register a third successive league win.

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