Championship round-up: Middlesbrough extend lead at top, Brighton’s bad form continues and Bolton lose five-goal thriller

first_img1 Championship round-up: Middlesbrough extended lead at top, Brighton’s bad form continues and Bolton lose five-goal thriller Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough extended their lead at the top of the league to six points as they battled to a 1-0 win at Brentford.The only goal of the game came when goalkeeper David Button flapped at a cross and Daniel Ayala appeared to get a touch, but it was awarded as an own goal.Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s search for a win as QPR boss goes on after a late goal denied his side all three points in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.The visitors took the lead after 24 minutes through Dutch international Leroy Fer, after good combination play by Junior Hoilett and Sebastian Polter. Hope Akpan’s strike rescued Paul Lambert’s men a point with just ten minutes remaining.Preston won their third consecutive game after beating Bristol City 2-1 at Ashton Gate.Simon Grayson’s men took the lead through a fortunate Nathan Baker own goal before Aaron Wilbraham drew Steve Cotterill’s side level. North End’s Greg Cunningham won it with ten minutes remaining and 22nd-placed City have not won in six now.Brighton’s winless run extended to seven matches after going 2-0 down at Rotherham.Chris Hughton’s men were unbeaten in the Championship until December, but they have hit a bad run of form and slipped to their third loss of the campaign at the New York Stadium. Former Bolton and Huddersfield forward Danny Ward put Neil Redfearn’s side ahead and the win was confirmed late on as Matt Derbyshire scored with four minutes remaining.Hughton’s Seagulls, despite their stuttering form, remain fifth in the Championship.Championship strugglers Bolton twice battled to come from behind at Sheffield Wednesday, but still lost 3-2.Neil Lennon’s men went down after 14 minutes when Fernando Forestieri netted his 11th goal of the campaign, his long-range strike fizzing past Wanderers shot-stopper Ben Amos.Former Wednesday striker Gary Madine put the visitors level just five minutes later and Gary Hooper sent the Owls into a 2-1 lead early in the second half. With just over an hour on the clock, David Wheater headed Wanderers level, but Wednesday extended their unbeaten run at home to ten matches as Hooper netted his second on 77 minutes in this five-goal thriller.Polish winger Michal Zyro scored twice on his league debut for Wolves as they beat Fulham 3-2 at Molineux.The 23-year-old scored a quick-fire double inside 13 minutes, his second was a cool finish after beating the offside trap. Lasse Vigen Christensen soon pulled one back for the Cottagers on 24 minutes with a well-taken header. Matt Doherty scored Wolves’ third and Ross McCormack doubled Fulham’s tally to make for a tense ending, but Kenny Jackett’s men held on.Burnley moved to fourth with a comfortable 5-0 win against ten-man MK Dons.Joey Barton netted his first goal for the Clarets early on before forwards Sam Vokes and Andre Gray added to the score sheet. Former Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton added to the tally as he coolly smash home George Boyd’s low cross.With just 15 minutes left on the clock, the home side’s Antony Kay was shown a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Boyd on the edge of MK’s box. Boyd raced into the box late on to finish well and make it five.The current winless run goes on for crisis club Charlton, who were beaten 5-0 at Huddersfield.That victory makes it three unbeaten for David Wagner’s men, thanks to Mark Hudson’s opener on 17 minutes before Nahki Wells finished well to double their lead before half-time. Charlton folded as they conceded three more goals as Jamie Paterson, Duane Holmes and Jason Davidson added to their misery. The Addicks’ night was made worse when striker Reza Ghoochannejhad was sent off as he was booked twice in as many minutes. Meanwhile at Portman Road, Leeds scored the fastest Football League goal of the season in their 2-1 defeat against Ipswich.With the Tractor Boys taking kick-off, Whites forward Souleymane Doukara stole the ball and netted after 12 seconds. Mick McCarthy’s men equalised early in the second half when captain Luke Chambers headed home loanee Ryan Fraser’s corner. Brett Pittman scored in added time to condemn Steve Evans’ side to their first defeat since November, as Ipswich go fifth.Derby remain second but are now six points behind leaders Middlesbrough after drawing 1-1 with Reading.The Rams took the lead through Jason Shackell but Brian McDermott’s side were back on level terms as USA international Danny Williams powerfully headed past Lee Grant.And finally, quick-fire goals in the first-half set Nottingham Forest and Birmingham on their way to a 1-1 draw.The Blues’ early lead came through Jon Toral but Matt Mills cancelled that out as he headed home David Vaughan’s cross on the half hour. Vaughan was dismissed in the second half for a high foot challenge.Results in full:Blackburn 1-1 QPRBrentford 0-1 MiddlesbroughBristol City 1-2 PrestonDerby 1-1 ReadingHuddersfield 5-0 CharltonIpswich 2-1 LeedsMK Dons 0-5 BurnleyNottingham Forest 1-1 BirminghamRotherham 0-2 BrightonSheffield Wednesday 3-2 BoltonWolves 3-2 Fulhamlast_img

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