Mag­pies call the Toon

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NEW­CAS­TLE con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance of the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship with a 2-1 vic­tory at home to Cardiff to extend their win­ning run to seven matches.

The Mag­pies were ahead in­side three min­utes thanks to Chris­tian Atsu’s goal fol­low­ing good work from Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic, be­fore Yoan Gouf­fran dou­bled the lead just be­fore half­time.

Peter Whit­ting­ham pulled one back in the 77th minute but New­cas­tle held on.

Nor­wich’s win­less run ex­tended to five matches in all com­pe­ti­tions as their EFL Cup con­querors Leeds snatched a 3-2 win at Car­row Road.

Rob­bie Brady’s flicked header gave Nor­wich a first-half lead but Pon­tus Jans­son nod­ded in his first goal for Leeds.

Chris Wood then put Leeds ahead but sub­sti­tute Kyle Laf­ferty looked to have res­cued a point for the Ca­naries, only for Ron­aldo Vieira’s free­kick to earn a third straight win for the vis­i­tors in in­jury time.

Hud­der­s­field also lost ground on New­cas­tle as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Birm­ing­ham af­ter Elias Kachunga’s sixth goal of the sea­son was quickly can­celled out by for­mer Ter­ri­ers loa­nee Lukas Jutkiewicz.

War­ren Joyce en­dured a tor­rid start to life at Wi­gan as he watched his new side con­cede two goals to Read­ing in the first five min­utes.

Joyce was named as Gary Cald­well’s suc­ces­sor in mid­week but Garath McCleary’s quick­fire dou­ble put the Roy­als in charge and Yann Ker­mor­gant’s sec­ond- half penalty sealed a 3-0 win.

Two goals from Tom Ince helped Derby beat man­ager­less Wolves 3-2 at Mo­lineux to make it three wins from five matches since Steve McClaren re­turned to the club.

Ince gave the vis­i­tors the per­fect start af­ter only six min­utes be­fore a spec­tac­u­lar vol­ley from Dar­ren Bent dou­bled their ad­van­tage.

Helder Costa gave Wolves hope but Ince added a sec­ond from the penalty spot and Derby held on af­ter Dave Ed­wards pulled one back in the 82nd minute.

As­ton Villa re­main un­beaten un­der Steve Bruce af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Black­burn 2-1.

Rovers took the lead through Sam Gal­lagher’s fourth goal in as many games but Jonathan Kod­jia equalised from the penalty spot four min­utes later and then grabbed the 70th-minute win­ner.

Goals from Tom Lawrence and Luke Cham­bers, ei­ther side of Gary Hooper’s equaliser, gave Ip­swich a 2-1 vic­tory at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day while Pre­ston were 3-1 win­ners at strug­gling Rother­ham.

First-half head­ers from Jor­dan Hugill and Cal­lum Robin­son did the dam­age and al­though Richard Wood’s header gave Rother­ham hope, Mar­nick Ver­mijl sealed vic­tory in the 81st minute.

Bur­ton and Barns­ley shared a goal­less draw at the Pirelli Sta­dium while Not­ting­ham For­est and Queens Park Rangers both had a man sent off in a 1-1 draw at the City Ground. – The In­de­pen­dent

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