Sky Bet Championship round-up: Norwich extend lead at the top and just goal difference separates play-off places
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  • Three points clear

Norwich City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Norwich City have extended their lead to three points at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Danish full back Jacob Sorensen scored his first Canaries goal to give them the lead in first half stoppage time with a driven volley inside the box.

The visitors equalised in the 73rd minute as Anthony Knockaert’s cross found its way into the far corner to end Forest’s run of five games without a goal.

Daniel Farke’s side restored their lead just four minutes later as Emi Buendia’s effort deflected in off Joe Worrall to wrong foot Brice Samba in goal.

Forest are still struggling down at the bottom and are without a win in six, leaving them just a point above the drop zone in 21st.

  • Happy Hornets

Watford 2-0 Rotherham United

Watford climbed back into the play-off places with a comfortable 2-0 victory over strugglers Rotherham United at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

Vladimir Ivic’s side were in front after just four minutes when Christian Kabasele was at the back post to poke the ball home from a Ken Sema corner.

The Hornets soon doubled their lead on 15 minutes as Troy Deeney latched onto Wes Harding’s sliced clearance for a simple tap in.

The early two-goal lead ended any form of contest as Paul Warne’s side only managed one shot on target in the game, with The Millers now without a win in six.

Watford are now third after that win and Rotherham stay 20th.

  • Royal Blues

Reading 1-2 Birmingham City

Reading missed the opportunity to move into the automatic promotion spots as they were beaten 2-1 at home to 10-man Birmingham City on Wednesday.

Birmingham’s Jon Toral scored a brace to give Aitor Karanka’s men a 2-0 lead at half time, with the first going in off the post from inside the D in the 29th minute.

Toral’s second strike came seven minutes later, as he bent the ball into the far corner with his left foot from the edge of the box.

Yakou Meite pulled one back for the hosts just after the hour mark, Andy Rinomhota played in a low cross for the Ivorian to bundle in from close range.

The Royals then had a golden opportunity to pull the game level as Harlee Dean brought Meite down in the area, resulting in a second yellow for The Blues’ skipper.

Reading’s top goal scorer Lucas Joao was unable to convert the penalty as ‘keeper Neil Etheridge guessed the right way to make the save.

Veljko Paunovic’s side sink to fifth with defeat, whereas a win moves Birmingham up to 15th.

  • Points shared at the Liberty

Swansea City 0-0 AFC Bournemouth

Two of the Championship’s top six met at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, but neither side could find the back of the net.

The visitors had the better of the chances in the game, most notably when Newcastle United loanee Freddie Woodman was able to close the angle on David Brooks.

Brooks was involved again in the second half when his penalty shout was waved away by Peter Bankes after a challenge from Joel Latibeaudiere.

A point not ideal for either side, who both have ambitions of automatic promotion but they both stay in fourth and second place, respectively.

  • Diedhiou dedicates winner

Bristol City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou dedicated his winning goal to the late Papa Bouba Diop in The Robins’ 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday.

The Senegalese’s strike came just eight minutes from time as he was able to get his shot away on the turn after having his back to goal.

Visitors Blackburn were unfortunate not to get anything out of the game, after having 60% of the play and a total of 22 shots.

Top goal scorer Adam Armstrong had the best chance for Rovers, but goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was equal to everything he faced on the night.

Dean Holden’s side moved to a play-off spot in sixth, and Blackburn dropped to 10th.

  • Eventful night for Morrison

Stoke City 1-2 Cardiff City

Cardiff City made it four wins on the bounce with a victory against an injury struck Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Tuesday.

It was The Potters who took the lead in the 25th minute when Tyrese Campbell’s low, driven cross was turned into his own net by Sean Morrison.

The evening then got worse for the Cardiff skipper, who gave away a penalty for a foul on Nick Powell just before the hour mark.

However, substitute Sam Vokes had his resulting penalty saved by Alex Smithies, a save that proved to be a game changer for Neil Harris’ side.

Less than 10 minutes later, Cardiff were level when their own substitute Robert Glatzel was found unmarked at the back post by Joe Ralls, and he calmy finished into the top corner.

The comeback was completed with around 15 minutes to go as Morrison atoned for his earlier errors to head in off the bar from another Ralls corner.

The Bluebirds are now up to ninth, as Michael O’Neill’s side drop out of the play-offs to eighth.

  • Rams hang on for draw

Brentford 0-0 Derby County

Derby County have moved to just a point from safety after a goalless draw which saw no shots on target at Brentford on Wednesday.

Thomas Frank and Brentford were frustrated throughout large parts of the game, no more than when Bryan Mbuemo hit the bar after it looked harder to miss.  

Wayne Rooney’s side did have a chance to take all three points, when Kamil Jozwiak struck the base of the post with around 20 minutes left.

The hosts again hit the woodwork a minute later, as Josh Dasilva’s effort clipped the bar on its way over.

Brentford have now fallen out of the play-off places as they sit in seventh, whereas Derby move up to 22nd.

  • Praise for Preston

Preston North End 3-0 Middlesbrough

Preston North End claimed just their second home win of the season with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

Alex Neil’s side took the lead just past the hour mark when Brad Potts was able to deflect Andrew Hughes’ effort past Marcus Bettinelli.

After missing a host of chances to double their lead, Preston finally grabbed a second with nine minutes left as Scott Sinclair’s strike found the bottom corner from the left channel.

Just two minutes later, it was three. Substitute Emil Riis Jakobsen cut inside Dael Fry and struck the ball through Bettinelli.

A win takes The Lilywhites up to 13th, one point behind Middlesbrough in 11th, who have lost four of their last six outings.

  • Bragging rights in Yorkshire

Huddersfield Town 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield Town made it three home wins in a row on Tuesday as they defeated Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who are still winless under Tony Pulis.

In-form man Josh Koroma gave The Terriers the lead in the 11th minute when he slid his effort into the far corner after a nice build up.

Isaac Mbenza then made it 2-0 midway through the first half with a 25-yard free kick into the top corner, despite Joe Wildsmith getting a hand to it.

Huddersfield had an opportunity to add a third from the spot just after half time after Juninho Bacuna was fouled by Dominic Iorfa.

Bacuna was back on his feet and he took the subsequent penalty, but the Dutchman dragged his effort wide of the post.

The three points moves Huddersfield into the top half, but The Owls are still bottom.

  • Another win for Ismael

Barnsley 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Valerien Ismael’s Barnsley ran out 2-1 victors over Wycombe Wanderers at Oakwell on Wednesday to make it six wins in 10 since he took charge.

Callum Styles put The Tykes in front just after the half hour mark as he fired his shot across Ryan Allsop into the far corner.

Wycombe were given the chance to level from the spot not long after half time when Aapo Halme dragged down Garath McCleary, which was dispatched by Joe Jacobson.

The hosts were then given a penalty after an hour, this time McCleary brought down Luke Thomas and Cauley Woodrow buried the resulting spot kick.

A win puts Barnsley up to 16th, where as Gareth Ainsworth’s side drop to 23rd after going a seventh game without a win.

  • Honours even in London derby

Millwall 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

The points were shared in this London derby on Tuesday as Gary Rowett’s Millwall came from behind to claim their ninth draw of the season.

Before the game started, spectators at The Den cheered and applauded as both sets of players clubbed together to hold an anti-racism banner.

Ilias Chair gave Queens Park Rangers the lead with a 20-yard bullet in the 53rd minute, which followed with him celebrating by taking the knee.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson levelled the game with 20 minutes to go, his strike deflected in off Osman Kakay after a quick free kick was taken. 

A draw means that Millwall drop to 17th, where as Mark Warburton’s side remain in 18th.

  • Stalemate at St. Andrew’s

Coventry City 0-0 Luton Town

Coventry City made it six games unbeaten as they drew 0-0 against Luton Town in a mid-table clash at St Andrew’s on Tuesday.

It was a game of little quality as both sides registered just one shot on target each, with the two defences coming out on top.

The clean sheet made it a third in that six-game run for Mark Robins’ side who have the worst defence in the league.

Nathan Jones’ Luton also managed to end a run of two consecutive defeats on the road, but they are now three away games without a goal.

Coventry stay in 19th and The Hatters drop to 14th.

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