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Monday 14 October 2019

Leeds return to Championship summit with routine victory


Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez celebrates after he scores to make it 3-0. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire
Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez celebrates after he scores to make it 3-0. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire Sportsdesk

Leeds moved back to the top of the Championship with a convincing 3-0 win at Reading.

Mateusz Klich fired the visitors into an early lead in the 13th minute, slotting the ball home after Luke Ayling's surge down the right.

Pablo Hernandez doubled the lead in the 22nd minute and the Spaniard drilled home another from 25 yards just before half-time.

Leeds edge a point ahead of promotion rivals Norwich, who host Hull at Carrow Road tonight.

Sheffield United kept the pressure on the top two with a 2-0 win over Brentford at Bramall Lane, where Gary Madine had been sent off late in the first half.

Oliver Norwood put the Blades ahead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute.

Ireland striker David McGoldrick, though, made sure of victory when he headed in from close range with seven minutes left as Chris Wilder's side closed to within a point of Norwich.

Bristol City moved back into the play-off places on goal difference after being held to a 1-1 draw at home against bottom club Ipswich.

Defender Adam Webster broke the deadlock with a header in the 32nd minute, while an own goal from Lloyd Kelly saw Ipswich equalise in the 68th minute.

The Robins are level on points with Derby, who host Stoke tonight.

Ipswich, meanwhile, moved to within six points of second-bottom Bolton, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Sheffield Wednesday.

Steven Fletcher gave the Owls the lead shortly before half-time and winger Rolando Aarons made it 2-0 on the hour, while there was no way back for Bolton, whose troubles continue as a proposed takeover drags on.

Blackburn beat struggling Wigan 3-0 at Ewood Park, with a brace from Danny Graham before Bradley Dack wrapped up the win.

In League One Luton extended their lead at the top of to five points with a 1-0 win at Bradford as Jack Stacey struck the only goal in the first half to extended their unbeaten league run to 24 matches.

The Hatters, whose least league defeat was back in October, opened up the gap between themselves and closest rivals Barnsley and Sunderland, who played out a goalless draw at Oakwell.

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard looks certain to finish his first season as Rangers boss empty handed as his team crashed out of the Scottish Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen.

With the Light Blues eight points adrift of Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership title race goals from Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan gave the Dons their third win over Gers in Glasgow this term and condemn the former Liverpool skipper to a trophyless first season as a manager.

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