Wells’ strike earns all three points for QPR Sub­sti­tute Celina plays key role in Swans’ win Bat­tling Pre­ston prove too much for Mill­wall Kod­jia comes to Villa’s res­cue against Pot­ters McGre­gor an­tic­i­pat­ing tough pe­riod for Celtic

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

NAHKI WELLS’ sec­ond-half strike earned QPR a 2-1 Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship win over Mid­dles­brough at Lof­tus Road. BERSANT CELINA came off the bench to earn Swansea a 2-1 tri­umph over Sh­effield Wed­nes­day at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

It looked as if the Owls were go­ing to claim their first away win for more than two months when Marco Ma­tias PRE­STON sealed back-to-back vic­to­ries in the Cham­pi­onship with a bat­tling 3-2 win over Mill­wall at a freez­ing Deep­dale.

First-half goals from Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen and a late strike from An­drew Hughes se­cured all three points for Alex Neil’s side. JONATHAN KOD­JIA came to As­ton Villa’s res­cue to sal­vage a point in a 2-2 Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship home draw with Stoke.

Stoke twice took the lead, but Kod­jia demon­strated his value by win­ning a penalty, which Tammy Abra­ham con­verted, and notch­ing the equaliser.

Joe Allen, who im­pressed for Stoke, opened the scor­ing two min­utes into CAL­LUM McGRE­GOR be­lieves Celtic have to “put the foot to the floor” un­til the re­spite of the Jan­uary break as he pre­pares for the trip to Hiber­nian to­day.

The Hoops are in the midst of a nine-game De­cem­ber. The mid­fielder said: “The fix­tures have been pretty gru­elling. We have to put the foot to the floor and get as many points as we can.”

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