Bristol City and Reading continue to lead the Sky Bet Championship on a weekend in which teams scrapped to seize a confidence boost ahead of the international break.
Early first-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Nakhi Wells were enough for Bristol City to defeat third-bottom Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. despite Luke Freeman’s 25 yard curler halving the deficit for Forest in the 35th minute as the Robins clung on for victory.
Reading remain in second after George Puscas smashed in a 41st minute winner from Craig Cathcart’s nicely timed deflection of Thomas Holmes’ pass, as the Royals defeated Watford to maintain their winning start to the new season.
Dan Gosling netted a brace as Bournemouth defeated Coventry City 3-1 in Friday Night Football to climb to third, after Matt Godden’s late first-half penalty cancelled out Jefferson Lerma’s seventh minute opener for the Cherries.
Swansea slipped to fourth by virtue of having scored less goals than Bournemouth of whom they are level with on ten points apiece, with Ben Cabango striking a winner to defeat Millwall after Tom Bradshaw cancelled out Jake Bidwell’s opener.
Luton bounced back from their loss at Watford last weekend with a confident home win over second-bottom Wycombe Wanderers, with Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and Elliot Lee scoring for the Hatters to move them up to fifth.
Blackburn round out the top six despite finding themselves held to a goalless draw by Cardiff City at Ewood Park, despite the Bluebirds finishing with ten men after Lee Tomlin was red carded for a 69th minute elbow on Sam Gallagher.
Down at the bottom, Sheffield Wednesday remain rock-bottom on -7 points after Yoann Barbet flicked Adam Reach’s pass into his own net, only to then set up Macauley Bonne’s debut 96th minute equaliser for QPR in a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.
Elsewhere, Derby ended a winless start to their league campaign after Wayne Rooney curled in a 87th minute winner to stun Norwich, who had dominated in their clash at Carrow Road yet failed to score from any of their five shots on target.
Neil Warnock celebrated his 1500th match as a manager at the Riverside as Middlesbrough defeated Barnsley 2-1 to end a run of ….. games without a home win since Boxing Day 2019.
Preston fought back from two goals down through Scott Sinclair’s brace before Brad Potts and Sean Maguire struck as the Lilywhites condemned Brentford to a first defeat at their new Brentford Community Stadium, after Ivan Toney’s brace seemingly had the West-Londoners in control at half-time.
Rotherham found themselves held by Huddersfield to a 1-1 draw after Angus McDonald flicked Pipa’s 96th minute cross into his own net to gift the Terriers a point, having led through Ben Wiles’ 33rd minute strike.
Finally, Nick Powell rescued Stoke a late point after Harlee Dean had initially headed Birmingham City ahead from Ivan Sanchez’s corner.