Championship: Willock stuns leaders Sheffield United as QPR go fourth | Championship


QPR stunned the Championship leaders Sheffield United with a 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane as Norwich missed the chance to go top of the table after drawing against Reading.

Chris Willock’s 51st-minute strike sent the Blades spinning to a first home defeat of the season and pushed in-form Rangers up to fourth place. Willock’s winner came after he played a clever one-two with Ethan Laird and squeezed his shot from an acute angle between goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and the near post. Tommy Doyle came closest to a Blades equaliser from distance, with his effort just going wide, but Rangers held on to make it five wins from seven games.

Second-placed Norwich moved level on points with United despite taking the lead at Reading. Grant Hanley put Norwich ahead from a corner five minutes after half-time but Reading claimed a share of the spoils through Jeff Hendrick’s excellent dipping strike from outside the box 10 minutes later. Paul Ince’s Reading remain in third, two points adrift of the top two.

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Sam Cosgrove’s stoppage-time winner clinched Plymouth a 2-1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday and kept them top of League One.

Second-half substitute Cosgrove (pictured) headed home Niall Ennis’s cross to seal Plymouth’s third straight league win. Ryan Hardie’s early opener for Argyle had been quickly cancelled out by Liam Palmer, but Cosgrove’s thumping header stole his side all the spoils.

Argyle’s ninth league win of the season lifted them five points clear of Wednesday, who remain third, and keeps Steven Schumacher’s side one ahead of Ipswich, who beat Cambridge 3-0 at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys scored all three goals in the final 18 minutes. Tyreece John-Jules opened the scoring and fellow substitute Kyle Edwards made it 2-0 three minutes later before adding his second in the 86th minute.

Bolton lost ground on the top two, but remain sixth, after Ryan Broom’s late goal sealed Cheltenham a 1-0 home win and Harvey Macadam’s solitary first-half goal earned Fleetwood a 1-0 win at Burton.PA Media

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Luton and Huddersfield shared a six-goal thriller at Kenilworth Road – with five goals coming before half-time. Huddersfield twice led in the first period through a Carlton Morris own goal and a Jordan Rhodes penalty. But Elijah Adebayo’s double saw the Hatters level before Jordan Clark struck seconds before the interval. Ben Jackson equalised for Huddersfield after 70 minutes, but the Terriers finished with 10 men as David Kasumu was sent off in added time for two bookable offences.

Cardiff claimed a first win under their interim manager Mark Hudson as they beat Blackburn 1-0 in the Welsh capital. In a dramatic finale, substitute Mark Harris fired Cardiff ahead with a rasping 20-yard shot seven minutes from time.

Mark Harris celebrates Cardiff beating Blackburn
Mark Harris scored the winning goal for Cardiff against Blackburn Photograph: Cardiff City FC/Getty Images

Ryan Allsop then saved an injury-time penalty from George Hirst after the Bluebirds goalkeeper had brought down Dominic Hyam as Cardiff struggled to clear a free-kick.

Bottom-placed Coventry drew 0-0 at Bristol City. Han-Noah Massengo and Antoine Semenyo went close for the hosts as the Robins sought to end a three-game losing streak. But Coventry were much-improved after the break and Matty Godden saw his second-half header cleared on to the bar by home defender Mark Sykes. Bristol City had late appeals for a Callum Doyle handball in the penalty area waved away.

Sunderland also had to settle for a goalless draw against Blackpool. It was Sunderland’s second such result at the Stadium of Light in the space of three days after they were held by Preston on Saturday.



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