West Bromwich Albion moved top of the Sky Bet Championship as the 2021-22 season resumed after September’s international break.
Josh Bowler delivered a 49th minute winner against his former team on the counter-attack as Blackpool snatched a shock 1-0 home win over initial table topping Fulham at Bloomfield Road.
West Brom consequently took advantage of the Cottagers’ slip-up as Kyle Bartley headed them to the summit, despite Daniel Ballard nodding in an equaliser as Millwall came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.
Matty Pearson’s sloppy own goal saw Stoke come from behind to go third after defeating Huddersfield 2-1 at BET365 Stadium, after Harry Toffolo’s opener for the Terriers was cancelled out by Jacob Brown’s header.
Stefan Johansen’s 92nd minute rebound strike saw QPR fight their way to fourth following a 3-3 draw at Reading, after John Swift’s hat-trick saw the third-bottom Royals come from behind to lead in a crazy thriller at the Madejski Stadium.
Jordan Zemura’s brace either side of Dominic Solanke’s effort saw Bournemouth improve to fifth as Scott Parker’s Cherries thrashed Barnsley 3-0 at Vitality Stadium.
Viktor Gyokeres provided his third goal of the season then set up Martyn Waghorn’s injury-time strike as Coventry went sixth, after thrashing Middlesbrough 2-0 at Ricoh Arena.
Down in the relegation zone, Sheffield United climbed out of the bottom three as Iliman Ndiaye and Ben Osborn both claimed braces in a 6-2 mauling of Peterborough, who fell to second-bottom.
Nottingham Forest remain rock-bottom after losing 2-1 at home to Cardiff as Rubin Colwill’s brace handed the Bluebirds victory in a comeback win, after Lewis Grabban put Forest ahead at half-time.
Swansea sit just one point above the drop zone after finding themselves held by Hull in a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Elsewhere, Luke Berry’s late brace saw Luton snatch a 2-2 draw away at Blackburn Rovers after Tyrhys Dolan and Harry Pickering had put the hosts two goals ahead after just 31 minutes.
Goals from Scott Hogan and Jeremie Bela saw Birmingham defeat Derby 2-0 in Friday Night Football at St Andrew’s Stadium to go seventh.
Finally, Bristol City held by Preston to a goalless draw at Ashton Gate.