Friday 24 November 2017

Championship Review: Burnley stretch lead while Hull are held

Burnley's George Boyd celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smith's Stadium
Burnley's George Boyd celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smith's Stadium

Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after a 3-1 win at Huddersfield.

Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and Ben Mee scored in the first half for the Clarets as they moved seven points clear on Saturday.

Joe Lolley briefly made it 2-1 before Mee scored just before the break as Sean Dyche's side clinched a sixth straight win.

Second-placed Middlesbrough - with Aitor Karanka's future in doubt after a reported bust-up with his players - have two games in hand and can close the gap if they beat Charlton on Sunday with assistant head coach Steve Agnew in charge.

Hull missed the chance to go above Boro after being held 1-1 by struggling MK Dons, who gave their survival hopes a boost.

Antony Kay opened the scoring for the visitors just after the restart but Sam Clucas levelled two minutes later for the Tigers, who leapfrogged Brighton in third on goal difference.

Derby blew a 3-0 lead with just seven minutes left as Rotherham mounted a stunning recovery to draw 3-3.

Leon Best grabbed a brace, including a stoppage-time equaliser, after Danny Ward started the comeback on 83 minutes, with Neil Warnock's side just a point from safety.

Tom Ince's brace and Chris Martin's 14th goal of the season had given the Rams a commanding second-half lead after they scored three goals in 10 minutes.

Aiden McGeady, Gary Hooper and Marco Matias netted as 10-man Sheffield Wednesday stayed a point ahead of Cardiff with an impressive 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest.

The Owls ended a five-match winless run as they stayed sixth despite Barry Bannan's second-half red card.

Cardiff's 1-0 win over Ipswich, thanks to Bruno Ecuele Manga's first-half winner, kept their promotion hopes alive while denting the Tractor Boys' own ambitions.

Defeat left Ipswich four points behind the top six, and three behind Cardiff, after Manga's header.

At the bottom, Bolton's slim survival hopes continued to fade after Marnick Vermijl's late winner earned a 2-1 win for Preston.

Wanderers, now 11 points from safety, took the lead when Liam Trotter linked with Mark Davies but Jordan Hugill equalised before Vermijl's low effort four minutes from time.

Lee Tomlin's injury-time winner moved Bristol City above Fulham and four points clear of the relegation zone as they won 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

Ross McCormack had given the hosts a third-minute lead but Marlon Pack levelled before Tomlin's strike.

In the early kick-off, Leeds secured a third straight win with a 2-1 victory at Blackburn.

Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci - with his fourth goal in three games - scored in each half before Simeon Jackson pulled a goal back in the last minute for the hosts.

Elsewhere, QPR eased past out-of-form Brentford 3-0 as Tjaronn Chery and Sebastian Polter struck in the second half after Junior Hoilett's opener.

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