Norwich thump Sheffield Wednesday to go top of the Championship

Championship round up: Norwich thump Sheffield Wednesday to go top… and Derby are only two points behind after beating Birmingham

  • Teemu Pukki scored twice as Norwich won 4-0 at Sheffield Wednesday to go top
  • This morning’s leaders Sheffield United were 1-0 losers at Nottingham Forest
  • Derby beat Birmingham 3-1 as Jack Marriott scored his fifth goal in six games
  • Strugglers Hull shocked West Brom thanks to Frazier Campbell’s header
  • Striker Paul Gallagher had to go in goal for Preston as they drew at Ipswich 

Norwich moved top of the Championship, at least temporarily, with a thumping 4-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Mario Vrancic missed an early penalty but the Canaries took control with two quickfire goals early in the second half.

The first came when Teemu Pukki turned in Vrancic’s deflected effort, before Jamal Lewis’ cross looped to Emi Buendia who made it two in the 56th minute.

Teemu Pukki continued his fine form with a brace as Norwich beat Sheffield Wednesday

Teemu Pukki continued his fine form with a brace as Norwich beat Sheffield Wednesday

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Pukki tapped in his eighth of the season from Max Aarons’ cross and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson gifted a fourth – and almost a fifth – to Dennis Srbeny.

The win lifted the Canaries ahead of Sheffield United, who lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, but they could be overhauled by Stoke later on Saturday or Leeds on Sunday.

The in-form Lewis Grabban scored the only goal for Forest in the 69th minute with a deft finish after good work by Joao Carvalho.

Derby climbed within two points of the summit after coming from behind to beat Birmingham 3-1.

Lukas Jutkiewicz gave Blues an early lead but Mason Bennett equalised and Harry Wilson’s free-kick put them 2-1 ahead.

Jack Marriott rounded off the scoring with his fifth goal in six games after being played in by Craig Forsyth.

West Brom lost ground with a shock 1-0 defeat at Hull, Fraizer Campbell with a deserved winner shortly before half-time after Jackson Irvine’s header rebounded off the bar.

Nottingham Forest celebrate Lewis Grabban's goal as they downed leaders Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest celebrate Lewis Grabban’s goal as they downed leaders Sheffield United

The Tigers remained in the relegation zone despite that win but are now five points clear of Ipswich, who were held by Preston after a dramatic cameo by substitute Paul Gallagher.

Freddie Sears’ penalty just before the interval put Ipswich ahead but Gallagher equalised with a free-kick just two minutes after coming on.

North End immediately lost goalkeeper Chris Maxwell to a red card, though, forcing Gallagher to take the gloves for the remaining quarter-hour plus eight added minutes as Preston had made all three of their substitutions.

Reading earned an overdue win as they dramatically saw off Bristol City 3-2.

Nigel Adkins' Hull side produced one of the shocks of the day, beating stuttering West Brom

Nigel Adkins’ Hull side produced one of the shocks of the day, beating stuttering West Brom

Yakou Meite’s opener was cancelled out by Marlon Pack and though Liam Kelly’s long-range strike restored Reading’s lead in first-half stoppage time, there was still time for Josh Brownhill to head City level at the break. 

Leandro Bacuna grabbed a second-half winner after linking up well with Garath McCleary on the right wing.

Two late Ryan Manning penalties saw Rotherham come from behind to beat Swansea 2-1.

Oli McBurnie turned home Daniel James’ cross to open the scoring for Swansea in the 25th minute.

The lead lasted until the 79th when goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt’s foul on Jamie Proctor and Leroy Fer’s handball allowed Manning to turn the game around.

Bradley Dack’s late penalty earned Blackburn a 1-0 win over QPR while Brentford beat Millwall 2-0.

Sergi Canos scored the opener three minutes after half-time and Ollie Watkins added a late second after an excellent link-up with Neal Maupay.

 

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