Championship roundup: Coventry comeback denies Cherries top spot | Championship


Bournemouth missed the chance to go top of the Championship as Todd Kane’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for Coventry held them to a 2-2 home draw.

Scott Parker’s side took a two-goal lead through Jaidon Anthony in the 45th minute and Philip Billing in the 66th. Jefferson Lerma was then sent off in the 68th minute following a tackle on Matt Godden, who subsequently pulled a goal back with five minutes of normal time remaining. Kane then struck in the fifth minute of additional time.

It left the Cherries in second place, a point behind leaders Fulham, who were held 1-1 at Preston after Ched Evans bundled in a controversial equaliser. Tim Ream put Fulham ahead early in the first half with his first goal in almost four years, but they were unable to kill the game off, and Preston made them pay.

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Rotherham’s 0-0 draw with Oxford allowed Wigan to close in on the Millers at the top of the table, with only goal difference separating the two sides.

Wigan moved up to second Callum Lang scored a late winner against Plymouth, who now drop down to fourth.

The Latics took the lead through Will Keane but his goal was cancelled out just eight minutes later by Danny Mayor before Lang’s late goal sealed the three points.

Wycombe missed the chance to go top after being held to a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Anis Mehmeti’s strike saw the Chairboys take the lead before Olamide Shodipo levelled just before the break.

Josh Windass put the Owls in front five minutes into the second half but Jordan Obita was able to save a point for the visitors, scoring direct from a free-kick.

Sunderland moved up to fifth after Nathan Broadhead smashed a long-range winner to beat Cambridge 2-1.

A double from Matt O’Riley helped MK Dons move back into the play-off places after beating Morecambe 4-0. Mo Eisa opened the scoring for the Dons before O’Riley got his first before half-time. Harry Darling netted his third of the campaign and O’Riley scored again towards the end of the game for MK to return to winning ways.

Burton made it back-to-back wins with a 2-0 victory against Doncaster with Tom O’Connor and Daniel Jebbison netting for the Brewers.

Callum Johnson scored in the 84th minute to earn a point for managerless Fleetwood who drew 2-2 at AFC Wimbledon.

It was a good start for interim manager Stephen Crainey as Ged Garner opened the scoring for the visitors.

Second-half with goals from Ayoub Assal and Luke McCormick saw Wimbledon hit back to take the lead, but Johnson’s late header levelled the score.

Two Alfie May goals were not enough for the win as Cheltenham drew 2-2 with Bolton. May struck in the opening 15 minutes before Xavier Amaechi drew level and the Reds’ top scorer netted again before half-time. Elias Kachunga found the equaliser in the second half with a top corner strike for the Trotters.

Colby Bishop marked his return from suspension to score the sole goal for Accrington to beat Lincoln.

There were late winners for Portsmouth and Shrewsbury as Gillingham’s Jack Tucker scored an own goal in stoppage time for Pompey to earn a fourth consecutive league win, while Daniel Udoh’s late winner saw the Shrews end Charlton’s six-game unbeaten run.

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Fulham’s manager, Marco Silva, later attacked what he called “a big mistake from the referee and the linesman … There was an elbow in there and then a clear handball before the ball goes over the line. It’s difficult for us to accept. We had a similar situation against Coventry recently. We’ve ended up losing two points, and it’s not been our fault, again.”

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Forest Green gained the west country derby day bragging rights with a 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers.

Jamille Matt’s brace, with the striker scoring in each half to take his goal tally for the season to 11, extended Rovers’ lead at the top of the table to six points.

The 32-year-old opened the scoring after 20 minutes and added a second from the penalty spot 13 minutes from time as Rob Edwards’ side finished the game with 10 men following a Udoka Godwin-Malife red card just after the hour mark.

Northampton are up to second after Sam Hoskins’s strike late in the first half gave the Cobblers a 1-0 home win against Leyton Orient.

Exeter and Swindon both dropped points as they were held to 1-1 draws. Exeter survived a first-half penalty miss from Jake Beesley at Rochdale, before taking the lead through George Ray’s 59th-minute header. However, the hosts rescued a point when Max Taylor equalised shortly afterwards.

Swindon needed a late penalty from Jack Payne to salvage a point at home against Harrogate, who led after Jack Diamond scored midway through the first half.

Sutton are in the play-off places after David Ajiboye’s early goal saw them win 1-0 against Barrow.

Scunthorpe remain bottom of the table but did manage to pick up another point with a 1-1 draw against Bradford at Glanford Park. Aaron Jarvis headed the Iron in front but Yann Songo’o nodded in an equaliser for the visitors.

Scunthorpe have won just two of their last 15 league matches but have drawn three of their last four.

Oldham are a point above the Iron after losing 2-0 at Salford. Matthew Lund and Brandon Thomas-Asante were the players on the score sheet.

Carlisle climbed out of the bottom two after Tristan Abrahams’ 88th-minute strike saw them win 1-0 against Walsall at Brunton Park.

Ben Garrity and Tom Pett scored in Port Vale’s 2-0 home victory against Hartlepool, while Rhys Oates netted Mansfield’s winner in a 2-1 success at Crawley. Oliver Hawkins had given the Stags the lead before James Tilley’s leveller for the hosts.

Tranmere’s game against Stevenage was postponed due to storm damage at Prenton Park.

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Blackburn moved into the play-off spots, rising to fourth, and pushed Stoke out of them with a 1-0 victory over the Potters at the bet365 Stadium, Reda Khadra netting seven minutes after the break.

Middlesbrough celebrated a first win under Chris Wilder as Duncan Watmore’s first-half double earned a 2-1 win at Huddersfield, who could only reply in stoppage time through a Luke Daniels own goal.

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Peterborough and Barnsley, 22nd and 23rd in the table respectively, battled out a 0-0 draw at the Weston Homes Stadium, while Reading went four points clear of the drop zone following a 3-2 win at Swansea. After responding to Jamie Paterson’s opener to take the lead through Tom Dele-Bashiru and Andy Carroll’s maiden Reading goal, the Royals claimed all three points thanks to Danny Drinkwater’s 50th-minute strike – just one minute after Ryan Manning’s equaliser.

Elsewhere, Hull beat Millwall 2-1 at home, with George Honeyman and Ryan Longman scoring for the Tigers either side Tom Bradshaw’s effort, and Lukas Jutkiewicz’s late goal sealed Birmingham a 1-0 win against Blackpool at St Andrew’s. Cardiff won 2-1 at Luton with Sean Morrison netting the decisive effort after Jordan Clark had cancelled out Rubin Colwill’s early header.



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