Roundup of the first midweek round of the 2023-24 Sky Bet Championship season.
Milutin Osmajic’s 67th minute winnr saw Preston stay top with a comeback 2-1 victory at home to Birmingham City, after they fell behind to Jay Stanfield’s opening goal before Krystian Bielik’s headed own-goal brought the hosts level.
Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Kasey McAteer saw Leicester defeat fifth-placed Norwich 2-0 at Carrow Road to stay second.
Omari Hutchinson’s 30th minute strike following an one-two move with Conor Chaplin saw third-placed Ipswich scrape a 1-0 win away at Southampton.
Jack Clarke”s brace and Dan Neil’s strike saw Sunderland climb to fourth with a 3-1 win away at Blackburn, who briefly equalised through Harry Leonard.
Hull rounded out the top six on goal difference with a goalless draw at home to Leeds United.
Bristol City sit outside of the play-off spots on goal difference after a ruthless 4-1 win over Plymouth at Ashton Gate, in which Sam Bell, Matty James, Mark Sykes and Harry Cornick found the net for the Robins despite Adam Randell netting a consolatory 26th minute goal for Argyle.
Down in the relegation zone, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday both remain rock bottom with the Owls ahead on goal difference, after Darragh Lenihan cancelled out Anthony Musaba’s 38th minute opening goal to rescue Boro a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.
Swansea lookd set to climb out of the bottom three after Josh Ginnelly’s seventh minute goal put them ahead at QPR, until Lyndon Dykes equalised in injury time in an eventual 1-1 draw despite the Swans’ Ollie Cooper being sent off in the 96th minute.
Rotherham remain just above the bottom trio albeit now by a single point after goals from Ryan Longman, Zian Flemming and Tom Bradshaw saw them lose 3-0 at Millwall.
Elsewhere, second half goals from Karlan Grant and Kion Etete saw Cardiff beat Coventry in a five-goal thriller, in which Matty Godden scored twice for the visiting Sky Blues.
Matheus Martins rescued Watford a 2-2 draw against West Brom at Vicarage Road after Jed Wallace had put the Baggies ahead, having equalised through John Swift who had cancelled out Tom Ince’s third minute opening goal for the Hornets.
Finally, Neil Warnock’s final match as Huddersfield manager ended in a 2-2 draw against Stoke after Jack Rudoni rescued them a point, having fallen behind to goals from Daniel Johnson and Ben Wilmot after Matty Pearson had put the Terriers ahead.