Championship round-up: Hull up to second, leaders Brighton make it 13 unbeaten and Charlton boss Guy Luzon sacked
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A round-up of all today’s action in the Championship.
Steve Bruce got one over his old club Birmingham as Hull defeated Blues 2-0 to replace them in second place in the Sky Bet Championship.
Ex-Blues player and boss Bruce was indebted to two goals in the space of three minutes from David Meyler and Abel Hernandez as Birmingham’s run of four straight wins came to an end.
Leaders Brighton made it 13 games unbeaten this season, and retained their four-point cushion at the top, following a 0-0 draw with Preston on the south coast.
Scott Arfield’s fantastic attempt settled the east Lancashire derby as Burnley defeated Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park to record their first back-to-back triumphs over their neighbours in 36 years.
Rovers duo Tom Lawrence and Jordan Rhodes squandered clear openings before Arfield curled into the top corner from outside the area to send the Clarets third.
Fulham boss Kit Symons saw his men clinch a much-needed win, with a 4-2 triumph over Reading that will ease the scrutiny on his position at Craven Cottage.
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The Whites came from 2-0 down after Lucas Piazon and Orlando Sa struck to put the Royals in charge before Moussa Dembele’s double and further efforts from Ross McCormack and Alex Kacaniklic helped Fulham claim a first victory in five.
Both Middlesbrough and Derby claimed victories on the road to enhance their promotion credentials, beating Wolves and Huddersfield 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.
Boro had gone behind to Dave Edwards’ first-half opener before rallying through Diego Fabbrini, Grant Leadbitter and Stewart Downing, while George Thorne scored the Rams’ winner after Chris Martin and Harry Bunn had traded strikes.
Shola Ameobi made an immediate impact at Bolton, but Steve Evans’ Leeds came from behind to record their second straight 1-1 draw since he arrived at Elland Road.
Ex-Newcastle striker Ameobi was introduced as a 12th-minute substitute and 20 minutes later he had put Wanderers ahead. However, Mirco Antenucci was brought down by Prince-Desir Gouano in the area, resulting in a red card for the defender, and the Italian stepped up to convert the spot-kick and earn Evans’ men a point.
Charlton slipped to their second 3-0 loss at home in five days as Brentford followed Preston’s lead in recording a comprehensive away success at The Valley. This loss made it 10 games without a win in all competitions for the Addicks, who conceded goals to John Swift, Alan Judge and Lasse Vibe. It also spelt the end for Charlton boss Guy Luzon, who was sacked this evening.
QPR also enjoyed a 3-0 victory over MK Dons, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Matt Phillips and Junior Hoilett all on target.