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Round-up: Sky Bet EFL midweek fixtures

1 November 2017

There was another change at the top of the Championship, while one manager was relieved of his duties, during an entertaining midweek schedule. Here’s the round-up...

Wolverhampton Wanderers returned to the Sky Bet Championship summit with a 2-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Willy Boly’s first-half goal was added to by Leo Bonatini to send Wolves above Sheffield United, who lost 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers in what was Ian Holloway’s 300th game in charge of the R’s.

Cardiff City also leapfrogged the Blades, with Junior Hoilett, Omar Bogle and Danny Ward sealing a 3-1 success against Ipswich Town.

Bristol City ran out 2-0 winners at Fulham, with Bobby Reid grabbing his ninth goal of the season at Craven Cottage. Korey Smith had doubled the Robins’ lead before Alvin Kamara was sent off to rub salt into the Cottagers’ wounds.

Sam Winnall struck twice in the second half to help Derby County fight back from a goal down to win at Leeds United, a result which extends the Rams’ winning streak to four Championship games.

At the opposite end of the table, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers played out a thrilling 3-3 draw which saw the lead regularly exchange hands. A point was not enough to save Black Cats boss Simon Grayson, however, with the club issuing a statement shortly after the final whistle confirming his departure.

They did climb above Burton Albion, though, after the Brewers went down 4-2 at home to Barnsley — Joe Williams with a sensational strike in an important victory for the Tykes.

Elsewhere, Middlesbrough and Reading both registered 3-1 successes, overcoming Hull City and Nottingham Forest respectively, while Sheffield Wednesday defeated Millwall 2-1 — Jordan Rhodes heading home the decisive goal at Hillsborough.

On Wednesday night, Brentford and Aston Villa both picked up 2-0 victories on the road, with the pair earning triumphs over Birmingham City and Preston North End respectively.

Just one game took place in League One on Tuesday night, in what was a first EFL meeting between Blackburn Rovers and Fleetwood Town.

The winner of the game knew they would climb into fifth spot, but neither side came away with maximum points in an entertaining affair at Ewood Park.

The hosts led twice, first through Bradley Dack and then through Joseph Nuttall, but replies from substitutes Aiden O’Neill and Wes Burns ensured a share of the spoils for the Cod Army.


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