Bournemouth moved to the summit of 2021-22 Sky Bet Championship table following surprise results in a packed eighth matchweek of the season, which saw all 24 clubs in action on the same day for just the third time this season.
Rodrigo Muniz’s 86th minute strike failed to prevent initial league leaders – Fulham falling to a second defeat in a week, after Ovie Ejaria’s brace fired Reading to a surprise victory at Craven Cottage.
West Brom however failed to take full advantage of Marco Silva’s Cottagers’ defeat after Matt Phillips’ first-half injury-time header saw Valerien Ismael’s Baggies snatch a 1-1 draw at Preston, having fallen behind to Ben Whiteman’s strike for the Lilywhites.
Bournemouth consequently seized the initiative after Phillip Billing’s 54th minute strike proved enough to beat Cardiff, in turn sending Scott Parker’s Cherries top of the table.
Coventry stay fourth after Viktor Gyokeres’ opener was cancelled out by George Saville in a 1-1 draw at Millwall, as Gary Rowett’s Lions fought back to claim a point 12 minutes after Coventry had gone in front.
Stoke remain fifth despite Tom Ince’s strike as Michael O’Neill’s Potters suffered a 2-1 defeat at Derby County, as first-half goals from Max Bird and Curtis Davies gave the administration-hit Rams their first win in five league matches.
Blackburn rounded out the top six despite finding themselves held to a goalless draw at Barnsley.
Down in the relegation zone, Nottingham Forest began life after Chris Houghton’s sacking with a 2-0 away victory at Huddersfield, as the Midlands-based club continue to sit rock-bottom whilst Huddersfield fell out of the top six on goal difference.
Peterborough comfortably dispatched Birmingham City to move up to third-bottom on goal difference, as Harlee Dean’s own goal sent the Posh on their way to a comfortable win with Jordan Clarke-Harris and Jorge Grant also on the scoresheet.
Hull consequently fell to second-bottom as they extended their winless run to seven matches after losing 3-1 at home to Sheffield United, as Billy Sharp opened the scoring for the Blades on his 300th club appearance ahead of John Egan’s headed brace and Keane Lewis-Potter’s consolatory goal for Hull.
Elsewhere, second-half goals from Jamie Paterson, Oliver Ntcham and Joel Piroe saw Swansea snatch a dramatic 3-3 draw at Luton, after the Hatters led 3-0 at half-time through Luke Berry’s opener and Elijah Adebayo’s brace in a dominant first-half display.
Middlesbrough blew an eighth minute opener from Marcus Tavernier as Blackpool fought back to equalise through Marvin Ekpiteta, before Grant Hall put Shayne Lavery’s cross into his own net to seal a 2-1 away win for the Tangerines at Riverside Stadium.
Finally, Nakhi Wells struck a late winner against his former team as Bristol City snatched a 2-1 away victory at QPR, despite Sam McCallum cancelling out Chris Martin’s opener.