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Boxing Day Championship Roundup: Leeds United And Norwich See Dramatic Late Goals

Boxing Day Championship Roundup: Leeds United And Norwich See Dramatic Late Goals
12/26/2018
A roundup of the Boxing Day action in England's second tier...
Leeds United 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers 

Kemar Roofe netted two goals in stoppage time as Championship leaders Leeds came from behind to beat Blackburn 3-2 at Elland Road.

Rovers had hit the front in the 90th minute after Charlie Mulgrew scored his second goal of the game.

But Roofe smashed home a minute later after Raya Martin palmed a save in his direction and wrapped up a stunning win four minutes into added time, heading home to give United their seventh win in a row.

Mulgrew had earlier cancelled out a Derrick Williams own goal from the penalty spot.

Norwich City 3 - 3 Nottingham Forest 

Onel Hernandez fired two stoppage-time goals as Norwich produced an amazing fightback to draw 3-3 with Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road - after being 3-1 down going into seven minutes of injury-time.

Forest looked to be cruising to victory after building up a 3-0 lead with more than 20 minutes remaining, and still appeared comfortable despite Mario Vrancic reducing the arrears in the 77th minute.

But in keeping with a side flying high in the table, the Canaries refused to accept defeat, with a dramatic late double from substitute Hernandez clinching them an unlikely point.

Sheffield United 3 - 1 Derby County 

Sheffield United returned to winning ways and climbed above visitors Derby in the Sky Bet Championship with a 3-1 victory at Bramall Lane.

Goals from Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick and Leon Clarke secured a home win for the Blades despite a trademark Harry Wilson free-kick levelling the scores early in the first half.

The result left the Blades in fourth place in the table, two points ahead of their opponents who dropped to sixth.

Millwall 1 - 0 Reading 

Jose Gomes was given a tough introduction to Championship football as his nine-man Reading side lost 1-0 at The Den on Boxing Day to hand Millwall a first win in nine games.

Jed Wallace gave the hosts an eighth-minute lead before Tyler Blackett was shown a straight red card for a strong tackle on the goalscorer a minute later.

Reading pushed in the second half and John Swift hit the crossbar with a 72nd-minute free-kick.

But any chance of a Reading equaliser was extinguished when Leandro Bacuna received a straight red card with two minutes left after he appeared to kick out at Shane Ferguson.

It was tough on the Royals, who despite those dismissals gave Gomes plenty to be encouraged by as they composed themselves following an early Millwall barrage.

Neil Harris' Lions made it more difficult for themselves than it could have been, but eventually got their first win since October 27.

West Bromwich Albion 2 - 0 Wigan Athletic 

West Brom kept their bid to win automatic promotion firmly on course as a Jay Rodriguez double earned them a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win against Wigan at The Hawthorns.

Rodriguez's eighth-minute header broke the deadlock and he struck again in the 69th minute with his 12th goal of the season - and the team's 52nd of the campaign - as Albion secured a third straight win and a sixth victory in their last eight games.

While third-placed Albion's sights are on the top of the table, Wigan are slipping close to the relegation zone as their poor run continued.

They have won only once in 11 games and taken a solitary point from their last 10 away matches.

Birmingham City 2 - 0 Stoke City

Jacques Maghoma and Omar Bogle were on target as Birmingham completed the double over Stoke with a 2-0 victory at St Andrew's.

It was the Potters' first defeat in 11 since they were beaten 1-0 by the Blues at the bet365 Stadium in October.

The victory sees Birmingham climb into seventh place, two points adrift of the final play-off place, while the Potters are a further three points behind in 11th.

Swansea City 0 - 1 Aston Villa 

Wilfried Bony missed a last-minute penalty as Aston Villa ended a run of three games without a win with 1-0 Boxing Day victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Conor Hourihane's second-half header from Alan Hutton's cross was the only goal of the game as  Villa took all three points to push them further towards the Championship's play-off places.

Swansea were the better side for long periods, but they huffed and puffed and lacked an end product.

Bristol City 1 - 1 Brentford 

Neal Maupay volleyed a spectacular goal to earn Brentford a point from a 1-1 Championship draw at Bristol City.

The home side took a 20th-minute lead when poor marking at a Jamie Paterson corner from the left allowed right-back Eros Pisano to net his first goal for the club with a downward header.

But Maupay equalised with a superb right-footed shot from just outside the six-yard box eight minutes into the second half, sending the ball flashing into the roof of the net.

It was a fair result to an open game, which did both sides credit.

Queens Park Rangers 3 - 0 Ipswich Town

QPR moved within two points of the Sky Bet Championship play-off places with a 3-0 victory at home to bottom side Ipswich.

Rangers scored twice in the space of four first-half minutes at Loftus Road, with Pawel Wszolek netting on the half-hour mark before Joel Lynch headed in a second.

And Nahki Wells sealed a third successive league win with 16 minutes remaining with his fifth goal in his past six matches.

Ipswich had avoided defeat in their last two outings but a 13th defeat of the campaign leaves them seven points adrift of safety.

Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday 

Adam Reach netted the winner as Sheffield Wednesday made it two wins from as many games under caretaker manager Lee Bullen after beating promotion-chasing Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro old boy Reach's excellent goal in the 20th minute proved to be the difference for the Owls, who dug in again following the departure of Jos Luhukay last week.

Wednesday might be up for sale and searching for a new manager, but it was the Middlesbrough fans left most disappointed and annoyed on Boxing Day.

This was the seventh time this season Middlesbrough have not won on home soil, leaving them nine points behind the top two a year on from Tony Pulis taking over on Teesside.

Bolton Wanderers 2 - 1 Rotherham United 

Gary O'Neil's first goal for Bolton gave Phil Parkinson's side a vital 2-1 victory in their Championship relegation scrap against Rotherham at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The much-travelled 35-year-old struck after 65 minutes to hand Wanderers only their second win in 20 games and a first since beating Derby on September 29.

Sammy Ameobi fired the home side in front after 33 minutes only for Rotherham to hit back within three minutes through captain Will Vaulks.

The Trotters move up a place but remain in the bottom three despite the much-needed win while Rotherham's latest defeat leaves them just one point above the drop zone.

Preston North End 1 - 2 Hull City 

Jackson Irvine headed home two vital goals to claim a 2-1 win for Hull over Preston at Deepdale.

The result enabled the Tigers to climb above their hosts, who lost at home in the Sky Bet Championship for just the third time this season.

Irvine gave the visitors the lead before getting the final touch after a goal-line scramble with 10 minutes to play after Alan Browne had brought North End level.

 From Sportinglife.
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