Wolves blow their chance to re­turn to top of ta­ble

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT SUNDAY -

WOLVES, like Cardiff, missed out on the chance to move back to the top of the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship as they suf­fered a third de­feat of the sea­son against Queens Park Rangers.

Conor Washington gave QPR the lead shortly be­fore half-time, only for the vis­i­tors to equalise just two min­utes later through Leo Bona­tini.

A point would have been enough to take Wolves above Sh­effield United on goal dif­fer­ence, but Matt Smith had other ideas and headed the win­ner for QPR after 82 min­utes.

Bris­tol City moved into the play­off places thanks to a 2-1 win at strug­gling Sun­der­land, who re­main in the bot­tom three after an­other dis­ap­point­ing dis­play at the Sta­dium of Light.

Bobby Reid headed the vis­i­tors in front on 28 min­utes and al­though Lewis Grab­ban equalised in the last sec­onds of the first half, substitute Mi­lan Djuric’s sec­ond-half header gave the Robins all three points.

Ipswich ended a run of three straight de­feats thanks to a 2-1 win at Bur­ton, who took the lead through Ben Turner’s 57th-minute header.

Mar­tyn Waghorn equalised nine min­utes later and Ber­sant Celina’s bril­liant late free-kick gave Mick McCarthy’s side the win.

Middlesbrough were also cel­e­brat­ing an away vic­tory as they eased to a 2-0 vic­tory over Read­ing, with Grant Lead­bit­ter open­ing the scor­ing from the penalty spot on 14 min­utes.

Britt As­som­ba­longa had been brought down in the box and he scored his side’s sec­ond mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Brent­ford were an­other side to en­joy a suc­cess­ful away day as they edged a five-goal thriller at Pre­ston.

Nico Yen­naris saw his header can­celled out by Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen equalised for a sec­ond time after Ro­maine Sawyers put Brent­ford 2-1 ahead, but the Bees were not to be de­nied and Ol­lie Watkins grabbed the win­ner on 69 min­utes.

Derby climbed above op­po­nents Norwich in the ta­ble thanks to a 2-1 win at Car­row Road, with Sam Win­nall scor­ing an 84th-minute win­ner after David Nu­gent’s goal had been can­celled out by Timm Klose.

And there was late drama at Craven Cot­tage as Tom Cair­ney’s last-minute strike gave Ful­ham a 1-1 draw against Bolton, who had opened the scor­ing on 28 min­utes via Sammy Ameobi.

In the day’s early kick-off, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Barns­ley drew 1-1 in the South York­shire derby at Hills­bor­ough, Har­vey Barnes scor­ing a su­perb equaliser for the Tykes after Adam Reach had opened the scor­ing.

In the late game, a hat-trick from Kieran Dow­ell helpd Not­ting­ham For­est beat Hull 3-2.

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