Norwich City remain top of the Sky Bet Championship following the second of nine packed rounds in five weeks as teams continue to scrap in their quest for promotion and survival.
Emiliano Buendia’s opener plus a brace from Teemu Pukki had Norwich in firm control at Stoke after 57 minutes until Buendia found himself sent off in the 69th minute, allowing Tyrese Campbell and Nathan Collins to head in eventual late consolation goals for the Potters as Norwich clung on for victory to stay top of the Championship.
Bournemouth remain in second and a point behind the Canaries after Junior Stanislas’ brace proved enough to defeat Nottingham Forest, with Stanislas’ second coming from the penalty spot after Jack Colback fouled Dominic Solanke.
Bristol City remain third after holding Watford to a goalless draw at Ashton Gate with the Hornets remaining in fifth.
Andre Ayew’s 60th minute curler rescued fourth-placed Swansea a vital point after Adam Reach had volley Sheffield Wednesday into a 27th minute lead, leaving the Owls still second bottom.
Reading round out the top six after Lucas Joao cancelled out Jed Wallace’s free-kick to clinch a point for the Royals at Millwall in a scrappy encounter.
Down in the relegation zone, Derby remain rock bottom after Matt Clarke’s own goal contributed to a 3-0 away defeat at Middlesbrough either side of goals from Britt Assombalonga and Marvin Johnson, which saw Boro climb up to seventh.
Wycombe held Huddersfield to a goalless draw at Adams Park but remain third bottom and three points off Coventry after Tyler Robins chipped in from an intercepted Sean Morrison pass as the Robins defeated Cardiff in a closely fought contest at St Andrew’s.
Elsewhere, Bright Osayi-Samuel assisted and scored as QPR defeated Rotherham in a five goal thriller at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, despite Freddie Ladapo netting a late consolation for the Millers in a tense finish.
Ivan Toney headed in from Mathias Jensen’s corner to gift Brentford a narrow win over Barnsley at Oakwell as the Bees climbed to tenth in the standings.
Ben Brereton scored and assisted in two second-half goals as Blackburn comfortably battered Preston at Deepdale with the hosts seeing Joe Rafferty red-carded for a foul on Sam Gallagher, from which Adam Armstrong converted the resulting penalty.
Finally, Matty Pearson’s 37th minute volley snatched Luton a point after Lukas Jutkiewicz had fired Birmingham in front from a spot-kick after Elliott Lee had handballed.