Roundup of a dramatic Good Friday in 2021-22 Sky Bet Championship featuring various twists in the promotion and relegation battles.
Tosin Adarabioyo’s 73rd minute own goal plus Luke Plange’s equaliser to cancel out Fabio Carvalho’s opener saw Derby climb off the foot of the table and move to within nine points of survival, following a 2-1 home victory over league leaders, Fulham who missed out on a chance to seal promotion.
Bournemouth remain second after scrapping their way to a goalless draw at home to Middlesbrough.
Third-placed Huddersfield cut their gap to Bournemouth down to four points after they battled to a 2-2 draw at home to QPR, having twice led through Yoann Barbet’s own goal and Harry Toffolo’s header only to be pegged back by Luke Amos and Ilias Chair.
Luton leapfrogged Nottingham Forest into fourth as Kai Naismith’s 37th minute penalty proved the difference in a closely fought battle, despite the Hatters finishing with 10 men after Sonny Bradley was red carded for a foul on Sam Surridge.
Sheffield United round out the top six again amidst a shock 2-1 home defeat to Reading as Tom McIntyre struck an injury-time winner for the Royals, just minutes after Iliman Ndiaye had cancelled out Lucas Joao’s opener.
Down in the relegation zone, late comeback goals from Sammie Szmodics and Jack Marriott saw Peterborough move to within nine points of safety with a 2-1 win over ten-men Blackburn Rovers, who had led through Ben Brereton Diaz after Tayo Edun’s red card.
Barnsley slipped to rock-bottom after Claudio Gomes’ opener for the Tykes was cancelled out by Oliver Ntcham’s curled strike, as Swansea fought back in a 1-1 draw at home.
Elsewhere, second half-goals from Michael Rose and Callum O’Hare completed a comeback 4-2 victory for Coventry, after Birmingham City had initially led 2-0 through Kristian Pedersen and Gary Gardner before Ben Sheaf’s brace equalised the match at half-time.
Karlan Grant’s injury-time strike saw West Brom snatch a 2-1 victory over Blackpool after Marvin Ekpiteta had cancelled out Andy Carroll’s opener.
Murray Wallace’s 22nd minute strike rescued Millwall a 1-1 draw at Preston after he had turned Daniel Johnson’s cut-back pass into his own net in the sixth minute.
Early goals from Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Lewie Coyle fired Hull to a 2-1 home victory over Cardiff, despite Aden Flint rescuing a late consolatory header for the Bluebirds.
Finally, Jay Dasilva’s 84th minute unintentional cross found the back of the net as Bristol City snatched a 1-0 away win at Stoke in a quiet match.