fugitive leaders burnley extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the relegation-threatened side Huddersfield.
Neil Warnock, who inspired the Terriers to victory over Birmingham a week ago after returning for a second spell as manager, had no response as the hosts were leading 3-0 after 31 minutes. Anass Zaroury crossed for Ashley Barnes to open the scoring, with Connor Roberts and Josh Brownhill scoring more goals in the first half, and substitute Michael Obafemi scoring after the break. The only bad news for the hosts was a nasty injury to Ian Maatsen, with the Chelsea loan player taken off on a stretcher.
Sheffield United overcame watford 1-0 to boost their auto-promotion hopes. A second-half own goal from Ryan Porteous secured maximum points for the hosts, but they had to struggle to keep Watford out and preserve their lead as the game progressed.
Daryl Dike scored an early double off The Hawthorns to force West Brom back into the play-off mix and strike a blow to Middlesbrough efforts to wind the Blades. Dike found the net in the eighth minute when he was set up by Jed Wallace, and two minutes later John Swift was the provider when Dike provided Albion with a cushion. Boro struggled in the final third and is now seven points off second.
Gary Rowett has had a happy return to Stoke With your millwall The team boosted their play-off hopes with a 1-0 victory. The former Potters manager got a deserved victory, with Zian Flemming scoring his 11th goal of the season. Stoke’s Jacob Brown had a shot ruled out for offside towards the end of their four-match unbeaten run.
Sam Gallagher scored twice as Black flame condemned QPR to a 3-1 home defeat in Gareth Ainsworth’s first match as manager. Ainsworth’s side equalized through Tim Iroegbunam’s goal after Gallagher’s first goal, but Rovers responded to secure a third consecutive win. Sammie Szmodics put them back in front and Gallagher’s second meant there was no turning back for Rangers, who have won just once in 19 games.
norwich to knock cardiff 2-0 to keep their play-off bet on track. Gabriel Sara fired in emphatically just past the half-hour mark to put the home team ahead and four minutes later Arsenal loanee Marquinhos scored his debut with another fine goal to effectively end the game. It was the third successive win at Carrow Road for the hosts after seven games without a win at home.
Luton continued their bid to reach the play-offs with a deserved 1-0 win at St Andrew’s, capping off a miserable week for birmingham. Carlton Morris’s 13th goal of the season secured a ninth away win for the Hatters, equaling Burnley with the most wins on their travels. The defeat by Birmingham was their ninth in 11 and they failed to test Luton goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, although Scott Hogan hit the post late on.
Mark Robins saluted Viktor Gyokeres after the Sweden international scored his 100th Coventry appearance with the winner in a 2-1 win over sunderland. Gyokeres set up Jamie Allen in the first half before scoring for the third game in a row as Coventry went on to win three consecutive games. Amad Diallo, on loan from Manchester United, scored a late consolation, but Sunderland could not avoid a second consecutive defeat.
“He’s not done yet, that’s for sure,” Robins said. “He deserves everything he gets because he works so hard. It’s a team game and you can’t do it alone – but sometimes he can turn the tables and make something out of nothing.”
Substitute Nahki Wells scored a penalty in the second half bristol city extended their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 1-0 win over hull at Ashton Gate. The striker sent goalkeeper Karl Darlow the wrong way with a ferocious shot in the 70th minute after Anis Mehmeti’s cross from the left clipped a defender’s arm. It looked like a difficult decision, but the hosts deserved to win in a dispute full of commitment.
Blackpool’s relegation fears deepened with a 3-1 defeat to mid-table Reading. Tom Ince gave Reading a half-time lead, and although Blackpool improved after the break, they were beaten by two goals in two minutes from Andy Carroll and Ince. The visitors got a goal back through Sonny Carey in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late.
Preston overturned a halftime deficit to end a six-game winless home run in a 2-1 victory over wigan. Everton loanee Tom Cannon scored the winner in the 57th minute, just after Daniel Johnson equalized from the penalty spot. Substitute Robbie Brady was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card, but Preston’s 10 men survived late pressure from the Latics to claim three vital points. Wigan deserved the lead at half-time after Greg Cunningham deflected Christ Tiehi’s shot into his own net.