Wolves burst New­cas­tle bub­ble, Hud­der­s­field ex­tend lead

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - – AFPPIX

WOLVES brought New­cas­tle back down to earth with a sur­prise 2-0 vic­tory, while Hud­der­s­field con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion at top of the Cham­pi­onship with a 2-1 win over QPR on Satur­day.

Rafael Ben­itez’s side had climbed to sec­ond place af­ter five suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries capped by a 6-0 thrash­ing of QPR in mid­week.

But their bid to se­cure pro­mo­tion to the Premier League hit the buf­fers as Chan­cel Mbe­mba’s 29th minute own goal and Helder Costa’s 62nd minute strike gave Wolves an un­ex­pected suc­cess at St James’ Park.

Adding in­sult to in­jury for New­cas­tle, Vurnon Anita was sent off for a late chal­lenge on sub­sti­tute Ivan Cavaleiro as the Mag­pies dropped to third place.

Hud­der­s­field bounced back from their mid­week de­feat at Brighton to move two points clear at the top with their sixth win in eight league games.

Goals from Elias Kachunga and Kasey Palmer gave Hud­der­s­field a sixth win in eight league games.

Kasey Palmer had put Hud­der­s­field ahead in the 14th minute and Elias Kachunga, on loan from Ger­man club FC In­gol­stadt, bagged his third goal of the sea­son with 62nd minute header to dou­ble their lead.

QPR sub­sti­tute Idrissa Sylla pulled one back for the vis­i­tors with 14 min­utes re­main­ing.

Nor­wich fought back to in­flict Not­ting­ham For­est’s first de­feat of the sea­son at the City Ground as sec­ond-half goals from Jonny How­son and Gra­ham Dor­rans earned the Canaries a 2-1 win.

Apos­to­los Vel­lios’ third goal in three games had put For­est ahead in the 40th minute.

But How­son scram­bled Nor­wich level in the 52nd minute be­fore an out­stand­ing strike from Dor­rans earned the sec­ond placed Canaries a third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

As­ton Villa’s trou­bled start to their first sec­ond tier cam­paign since 1988 shows no signs of im­prov­ing af­ter a drab 0-0 draw at Ip­swich. Chelsea de­fender David Luiz (left) vies with Liver­pool striker Daniel Stur­ridge dur­ing the English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in Lon­don on Fri­day.

Roberto Di Mat­teo’s team have only one win from eight matches and sit just above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Read­ing came away from Barns­ley with a hard-fought 2-1 win de­spite play­ing most of the game with only 10 men.

Garath McCleary opened the scor­ing early on but the winger was sent off six min­utes af­ter John Swift had fired Read­ing into a 2-0 lead.

Adam Arm­strong’s goal for Barns­ley came too late to inspire a dra­matic fight­back.

Tomer Hemed’s 88th-minute penalty was enough to se­cure a first away win of the sea­son for Brighton at Bur­ton, end­ing the hosts’ five-game un­beaten run.

Leeds won 2-0 at Cardiff to ease the pres­sure on man­ager Garry Monk.

Chris Wood’s fourth goal in six games, a 62nd-minute penalty, and Pablo Her­nan­dez’s first Leeds goal eight min­utes from time se­cured the points.

Else­where, Brent­ford routed Pre­ston 5-0, Black­burn beat Rotherham 4-2, Bris­tol City drew 1-1 with Derby and Wi­gan shared a goal­less draw with Ful­ham. – AFP

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