2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week Nine Roundup

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Bournemouth stayed top of the Sky Bet Championship following the latest round of action as the top six all avoided defeat.

Ryan Christie provided assists for Phillip Billing and Dominic Solanke as Bournemouth extended their winning run to four matches with a 2-1 home win over Luton.

A late brace from Karlan Grant saw West Brom come from behind to beat QPR 2-1 to climb to second after Andre Gray’s first minute strike put the Hoops ahead at The Hawthorn.

Gustavo Hamer’s goal and Viktor Gyokeres’ brace helped Coventry improve to third as the Robins thrashed Peterborough 3-0 at Ricoh Arena, with three goals in seven second-half minutes.

Fulham sit fourth after Aleksandr Mitrovic’s header was cancelled out by Kasey Palmer’s late goal as Bristol City dug deep to snatch a 1-1 home draw at Ashton Gate.

Goals from Mario Vrancic and Nick Powell either side of half-time saw Stoke beat Hull 2-0 to stay fifth.

Blackburn round out the top six with a ruthless 5-1 victory over Cardiff at Ewood Park, in which Ben Brereton netted a hattrick and Tyrhys Dolan provided both an assist and goal.

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Down in the relegation zone, Forest began life under Steve Cooper with a 1-1 draw at home to Millwall as Max Lowe’s freak equaliser from a cross cancelled out Matt Smith’s headed opener for the visitors.

Derby were immediately deducted 12 points for entering administration during the week and remain rock-bottom, after Billy Sharp’s 90th minute penalty handed Sheffield United victory against the 10-men Rams following Kelle Roos’ red card for fouling the eventual goalscorer early in the second-half.

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Elsewhere, Joel Piroe’s 17th minute strike following one-two play with Jamie Paterson proved enough to seal a second league win of the season for Swansea in a narrow result over Huddersfield.

Alen Halilovic’s maiden goal for Reading saw the Royals climb to ninth in a tight 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, as Matt Crooks was sent off for Boro in the 86th minute for a foul on Luke Southwood.

Shayne Lavery’s 32nd minute effort proved enough for Blackpool to defeat Barnsley at Bloomfield Road as the Tangerines notched up a second consecutive league win.

Finally, Birmingham City were held to a goalless draw by Preston at St Andrew’s Stadium.

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