Bournemouth returned to the 2021-22 Sky Bet Championship summit following a crazy weekend of action as four of the top five collided in blockbuster clashes, whilst weather wreaked havoc in other fixtures.
Midweek league leaders, West Bromwich Albion suffered a narrow defeat away at Stoke in Friday Night Football, as Nick Powell chipped in a 79th minute winner from Tommy Smith’s long ball to put the Potters up to fourth.
Bournemouth consequently were able to take advantage of the Baggies’ defeat through comeback goals from Dominic Solanke and Phillip Billing to go top, after Morgan Gibbs-White had put Sheffield United ahead on the South Coast.
Viktor Gyokeres’ second-half brace coupled with goals from Matty Godden and Ian Maatsen saw Coventry come from behind to thrash Fulham 4-1 and climb to third, after Kyle McFadzean had headed in an 18th minute own goal which put the visitors in front.
Ben Brereton’s 50th minute goal failed to prevent Blackburn falling to a 2-1 defeat at Blackpool as first-half goals from Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates sealed victory for the Tangerines, in turn dropping Rovers out of the top six.
Huddersfield initially looked set to take advantage of Blackburn’s defeat but found themselves held to a goalless draw at Luton in torrential weather conditions.
QPR however was able to climb to sixth after Ilias Chair struck a 74th minute winner in a topsy-turvy five goal home thriller against Preston, after Lyndon Dykes’ opener was overturned by Emil Riis Jakobsen and Josh Earl for the Lilywhites until Jimmy Dunne’s 71st minute equaliser for the hosts.
Down in the relegation zone, Derby remain rock bottom of the Championship after holding Swansea to a goalless draw at Pride Park.
Mallik Wilks struck a 93rd minute winner for Hull who climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough in rain-soaked windy conditions, having claimed the lead through Joe Lumley’s 81st minute own goal.
Peterborough consequently slipped to second-last after Chris Martin struck a 84th minute winner for Bristol City in a five goal epic at London Road, in which Sammie Szmodics produced a first-half brace for the Posh.
Barnsley slipped into the relegation zone for the first time since October 2020 after Murray Wallace turned in 89th minute winner from Jed Wallace’s corner to snatch victory for Millwall at Oakwell.
Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run under Steve Cooper to three matches after thrashing Birmingham City 3-0 at St Andrew’s, with Philip Zinckernagel providing assists for Ryan Yates and Djed Spence after Lewis Grabban produced the opener from Jack Colback’s assist.
Junior Hoilett pounced on a poor clearance from Curtis Nelson to fire in a 38th minute winner against his former team, as Reading scraped a narrow 1-0 victory away at Cardiff.