The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - Mid­week Round-up

EARLY sea­son pace­set­ters Hud­der­s­field saw their lead at the top of the Cham­pi­onship cut to one point af­ter they went down to their first league de­feat of the sea­son on Tues­day night. Brighton winger An­thony Knockaert scored the only goal of the game ten min­utes from time – with a lit­tle bit of help from Ter­ri­ers keeper Danny Ward – as the Seag­ulls bounced back from their home de­feat against Brent­ford at the week­end.

New­cas­tle and Barns­ley were the two clubs to trim Hud­der­s­field’s ad­van­tage to a point.

As New­cas­tle were de­mol­ish­ing QPR 6-0, Barns­ley were turn­ing in a late show at Wolves.

The on-song Tykes hit four goals in the fi­nal 17 min­utes to notch another im­pres­sive vic­tory. Conor Houri­hane, Adam Ham­mill, Saidy Janko and Tom Brad­shaw all scored.

Pre­ston were also im­pres­sive win­ners, de­feat­ing strug­gling Cardiff 3-0 with goals from skip­per Tom Clarke, Cal­lum Robin­son and Jor­dan Hugill. Sh­effield Wed­nes­day staged a mag­nif­i­cent come­back to beat Bris­tol City 3-2. Trail­ing 2-0 at the break to two Tammy Abra­ham head­ers, Steven Fletcher and Barry Ban­nan pulled the Owls level be­fore Kieran Lee net­ted a stop­page time win­ner. Both sides fin­ished with ten men while the Robins’ Lee Tom­lin hit the post with a penalty. Leeds eased the pres­sure on man­ager Garry Monk with a 2-1 home win against Black­burn, while Nor­wich won by the same score ver­sus Wi­gan. Ip­swich piled more mis­ery on Derby with a 1-0 away suc­cess, while Ful­ham drew 1-1 against Bur­ton and Read­ing played out a goal­less draw against Birm­ing­ham. On Wed­nes­day, Jon Tay­lor scored twice as Rother­ham drew 2-2 against Not­ting­ham For­est, while big-money sign­ing Jonathan Kod­jia, pic­tured, scored his first As­ton Villa goal in their 1-1 draw against Brent­ford. John Egan struck late for the Bees.

Fly­ing Seag­ull: An­thony Knockaert cel­e­brates his win­ner

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