Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

AY Ro­driguez and Dwight Gayle scored as West Brom moved to the top of the Cham­pi­onship with vic­tory at strug­gling Pre­ston.

Af­ter Ryan Led­son hit the post for North End in the first half, Ro­driguez headed home Jake Liver­more’s cross.

Pre­ston drew level when An­drew Hughes curled home the free-kick, but a Ben Davies own goal re­stored Al­bion’s lead.

Gayle made it three with a free­kick of his own but Al­bion had to hang on af­ter Alan Browne headed Pre­ston’s sec­ond.

Middlesbrough missed a chance to go to the top of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble af­ter be­ing held away to Hull City.

Brit As­som­ba­longa opened the scor­ing for Boro by head­ing in Jonny How­son’s deep cross at the far post six min­utes into the sec­ond half.

But Hull equalised through Jar­rod Bowen’s penalty 18 min­utes later af­ter Chris Martin was fouled in the Middlesbrough penalty area.

David McGoldrick’s late dou­ble gave Sh­effield United a come­back win af­ter a fran­tic fi­nale at Mill­wall.

Billy Sharp headed the Blades in front with his sixth goal of the sea­son from close range, mo­ments af­ter Ben Amos had turned Sharp’s penalty onto the bar fol­low­ing a hand­ball by Shaun Williams.

Mill­wall turned the game on its head within the first five min­utes of the sec­ond half, Cooper head­ing in the equaliser from Williams’ cor­ner, be­fore Ryan Leonard - on loan from the Blades - set Lee Gre­gory clear to slot past Dean Hen­der­son.

David McGoldrick lev­elled from the spot af­ter Williams con­ceded a sec­ond penalty for a shove on Mark Duffy, and then tapped in a late win­ner.

Yoann Bar­bet headed a stop­page-time equaliser to res­cue a point for 10-man Brent­ford against Read­ing.

The Royals came from be­hind af­ter two mis­takes from goal­keeper Daniel Bent­ley al­lowed Jon Dadi Bod­vars­son to level be­fore the break and John Swift’s free-kick to drop over the line in the sec­ond half.

Said Ben­rahma was then sent off in the clos­ing stages for two book­able of­fences, but full-back Bar­bet nod­ded in at the back post to se­cure a point in stop­page time. Cham­pi­onship top scorer Neal Mau­pay had ear­lier opened the scor­ing for the hosts af­ter slot­ting the ball past Sam Walker from six yards out.

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