Sur­prise lead­ers Hud­der­s­field ce­ment pole po­si­tion

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HUD­DER­S­FIELD ce­mented their po­si­tion as sur­prise lead­ers of the Cham­pi­onship with a 1-0 vic­tory at Ip­swich on Satur­day.

David Wag­ner’s side took the lead af­ter club-record sign­ing Christo­pher Schindler headed in from Aaron Mooy’s cor­ner in the sec­ond half.

With Hud­der­s­field de­fend­ing doggedly, Schindler’s goal was enough to se­cure an eighth win in 11 league games this sea­son.

Ip­swich’s run with­out a goal ex­tended to over 400 min­utes and they have now gone four games with­out a win.

Hud­der­s­field are two points clear of Nor­wich, who held onto sec­ond place af­ter a 2-1 win at Wolves in the day’s late game.

Cameron Jerome struck in the sec­ond minute and Rob­bie Brady net­ted in the 73rd minute, with Dave Ed­wards’ 80th-minute ef­fort com­ing too late for Wolves.

Third-placed New­cas­tle won 1-0 at Rother- ham to keep their bid for a quick re­turn to the Premier League on track.

Chris­tian Atsu’s solo strike made the dif­fer­ence for Rafael Ben­itez’s side as he net­ted in the 41st minute.

Un­like New­cas­tle, As­ton Villa, who also dropped out of the top flight last sea­son, have en­dured a mis­er­able start to their first sec­ond tier cam­paign since 1988.

A tor­rid run for Roberto Di Mat­teo’s side showed no sign of im­prov­ing as Pre­ston claimed a 2-0 win thanks to first-half goals from Ben Pear­son and Jor­dan Hugill.

Idrissa Sylla gave QPR a thrilling 2-1 vic­tory over west Lon­don ri­vals Ful­ham, en­sur­ing Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink ended a dif­fi­cult week on a high.

QPR man­ager Has­sel­baink had been caught up in the Daily Tele­graph’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion in foot­ball.

But the for­mer Chelsea striker de­nies any wrong­do­ing and took his place in the du­gout as QPR won at Craven Cot­tage for the first time since 1980.

Conor Wash­ing­ton’s first league goal for QPR had opened the scor­ing be­fore Tim Ream equalised, only for Sylla to win it in the 87th minute.

Ful­ham had only them­selves to blame af­ter miss­ing two penal­ties, one in the fifth minute through Tom Cair­ney and the sec­ond in the fi­nal mo­ments of the match when Sone Aluko hit a post.

Tammy Abra­ham helped Bris­tol City come from be­hind to beat Not­ting­ham For­est 2-1 at Ash­ton Gate.

Apos­to­los Vel­lios gave For­est a first-half lead be­fore on-loan Chelsea striker Abra­ham scored his 11th goal of the sea­son to equalise af­ter the break.

Abra­ham played provider for the Robins’ sec­ond as he teed up Jamie Pater­son to clinch the win.

Brighton claimed their first ever win at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day as goals from Sam Bal­dock and An­thony Knock­aert handed Chris Hughton’s side a 2-1 suc­cess.

Birm­ing­ham ex­tended their un­beaten run to seven games as Stephen Glee­son’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Black­burn at St An­drew’s.

Cardiff suf­fered their sixth de­feat in seven games as Jack­son Irvine and Lu­cas Akins helped Bur­ton se­cure a 2-0 vic­tory.

Mean­while, Leeds beat Barns­ley 2-1, Read­ing drew 1-1 with Derby and Brent­ford drew 0-0 with Wigan. – AFP

Mid­dles­brough goal­keeper Vic­tor Valdes saves from West Ham United mid­fifi el­der’s Cheikhou Kouy­ate ( right) strike dur­ing the Premier League match at the Lon­don Sta­dium in Lon­don on Satur­day.

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