Sheffield United climbed to the top of the 2022-23 Sky Bet Championship following the latest round of second-tier action.
Oliver Norwood’s free-kick plus a second-half brace from Iliman Ndiaye saw Sheffield United defeat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Bramall Lane, which proved enough to send Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades to the summit of the table as Rovers slipped to fourth.
Watford improved to second despite Rob Edwards’ Hornets being held to a goalless draw at Preston who are still yet to concede a league goal this season.
Reading improved to third as Tyrese Fornah struck a 28th minute winner to beat Middlesbrough, which left Chris Wilder’s Boro sat second-bottom.
Ross Stewart fired in a first-half injury-time winner from Jack Clarke’s pass as Sunderland beat Stoke at the BET365 Stadium to improve to fifth.
Hull round out the top six despite suffering a brutal 5-2 defeat at West Bromwich Albion as Dara O’Shea grabbed a goal and assist for the Baggies, whilst Oscar Estupinan nicked a consolatory late second-half brace for the Tigers from close range.
Down in the relegation zone, Coventry remain rock-bottom after their home clash against third-bottom Huddersfield was postponed, due to on-going pitch repair work at Coventry Building Society Arena.
Elsewhere, late goals from Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates saw Blackpool fight back for a dramatic 3-3 draw at Burnley, who had led 3-1 at half-time through Nathan Tella’s brace and Josh Brownhill’s opener, as both teams finished with ten men after Ian Maatsen and Sonny Carey were red carded.
Headers from Tommy Conway and Robert Atkinson saw Bristol City defeat Cardiff City in the Severnside derby at Ashton Gate
Nathan Broadhead struck a 82nd minute winner as Wigan stunned Birmingham City at St Andrew’s Stadium, despite having played majority of the match with ten men after Joe Bennett had been red carded for a 10th minute foul on Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Josh Sargent’s second-half brace fired Norwich City to their second consecutive win of the season, as Dean Smith’s Canaries beat Millwall 2-0 at Carrow Road in Friday Night Football.
Goals from Allan Campbell and Carlton Morris saw Luton defeat Swansea 2-0 in Wales to secure their first win of the season.
Finally, Chris Willock rescued QPR a 1-1 draw at home to unbeaten Rotherham, who had led through Chiedozie Ogbene’s 33rd minute opener.