• Sheffield United started the day on top of the Championship following their Yorkshire derby success against Leeds on Friday night – and the surprise was they were still leading the pack on Saturday evening.
Wolves lost for only the third time this season, going down 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers after Matt Smith came off the bench to head an 81st-minute winner. Over to Cardiff, who also missed the chance to go top with a goalless draw against Millwall.
• Harvey Barnes, the teenage Barnsley midfielder on loan from Leicester City, delivered the most spectacular moment of his promising career to date to earn a 1-1 draw a few miles south at Sheffield Wednesday. Receiving a pass just outside the area, Barnes rolled his marker before sending a shot arcing into the top corner of Keiren Westwood’s goal.
• There was heartbreak for Bolton for a second game in succession. Last weekend QPR equalised late on to claim a draw; this time Fulham left it even later to deny Bolton three points, when Tom Cairney pounced with a 94th-minute headed equaliser. It was at least further indication of improvement from the Championship’s bottom side, but in reality they gave up more precious points.
• Cairney’s wasn’t the only piece of late drama. Bersant Celina scored with an 89th-minute free-kick to complete Ipswich’s second-half turnaround at Burton Albion, with Mick McCarthy’s side winning 2-1. The manager later hit back at his critics among the visiting support who had called for Celina to come on the field much sooner than he did. “I don’t give a shite about that,” McCarthy said. “He didn’t go on because of that, let’s clear that up.”
• Keiran Dowell struck a fine hat-trick to send Nottingham Forest to a 3-2 victory at Hull, the England Under-20 international firing the opener from range before a well-timed half-volley and a penalty sealed three points on the road.
Results: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Barnsley, Burton 1-2 Ipswich, Cardiff 0-0 Millwall, Fulham 1-1 Bolton, Norwich 1-2 Derby, Preston 2-3 Brentford, QPR 2-1 Wolves, Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough, Sunderland 1-2 Bristol City, Hull 2-3 Nottingham Forest.
• After 15 unbeaten games, Shrewsbury finally fell to their first defeat of the season at Peterborough, and in some style: Marcus Maddison unleashed a spectacular 40-yard half-volley which beat Dean Henderson with 13 minutes gone and it proved the difference. Wigan will feel they should have taken advantage to climb to the league summit, especially when Blackburn’s Elliott Bennett was sent off in the second half at the DW Stadium after receiving a second yellow for diving, but Paul Cook’s side could not find a way though and the game finished 0-0.
• On his 100th appearance for Fleetwood Town, Bobby Grant struck late against Oxford United with a curling finish and set up Jordy Hiwula in added time to claim a 2-0 win that took Uwe Rösler’s side above their visitors and within a point of the top six.
• Gillingham collected a huge three points to help their plight near the foot of the table, beating play-off chasing Rotherham 3-1 at the New York Stadium. United had been on an impressive run at home but fell behind within two minutes to Josh Parker’s scrappy goal at a corner, and clearly they didn’t learn their lesson when Tom Eaves headed a second within two minutes of the break to help take the game away.
Results: Northampton 1-0 Blackpool, Bristol Rovers 2-0 MK Dons, Bury 0-1 Doncaster, Charlton 1-0 Wimbledon, Fleetwood 2-0 Oxford, Oldham 2-3 Scunthorpe, Peterborough 1-0 Shrewsbury, Plymouth 1-1 Rochdale, Portsmouth 0-1 Bradford City, Rotherham 1-3 Gillingham, Walsall 0-1 Southend, Wigan 0-0 Blackburn.
• Notts County returned to the top of League Two with a comfortable win over 10-man Newport at Meadow Lane, thanks in no small part to Jorge Grant’s eighth and ninth league goals of the season, though Dan Butler’s 34-minute red card for an elbow was the catalyst for the 3-0 win to lift Kevin Nolan’s side. Accrington remained within a point of the leaders after smashing four past Barnet, while Luton lost ground in a 3-0 defeat by Coventry at Kenilworth Road. The score was locked at 1-0 for most of the match until Glen Rea was sent off for a foul as the last man in added time. Jordan Shipley smashed home the resulting free-kick and Duckens Nazon added some 97th-minute gloss.
• Forest Green Rovers’ impressive run of form continued with a third successive win which dragged them into rarified air outside the drop-zone. Goals by Keanu Marsh-Brown and Scott Laird at New Lawn saw off Morecambe and in the process pushed the visitors down into the bottom two.
Results: Accrington 4-1 Barnet, Chesterfield 2-2 Carlisle, Colchester 3-1 Crewe, Forest Green 2-0 Morecambe, Grimsby 0-0 Cambridge, Lincoln 0-0 Crawley, Luton 0-3 Coventry, Mansfield 1-1 Exeter, Notts County 3-0 Newport, Port Vale 0-3 Swindon, Wycombe 3-3 Cheltenham, Yeovil 3-0 Stevenage.
This article was written by Lawrence Ostlere, for theguardian.com on Saturday 28th October 2017 21.24 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010
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