Hull stun lead­ers Leeds with Bowen dou­ble Boro vic­tory eases pres­sure on boss Pulis Bag­gies skip­per Brunt grabs late lev­eller Dra­matic win for Rams af­ter lights go out Blues and Bees play out goal­less draw

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

LEEDS’ hot streak came to an end as Hull gained a 2-0 vic­tory at El­land Road. Marcelo Bielsa’s team had claimed seven suc­ces­sive wins but they could not find a way through once Jar­rod Bowen scored af­ter 25 min­utes.

And the tire­less Bowen in­creased Hull’s ad­van­tage in the sec­ond half when he calmly scored from seven yards. Leeds re­main at the top of the Cham­pi­onship but they lacked flu­ency MID­DLES­BROUGH ce­mented their place in the play-off po­si­tions in the Cham­pi­onship as they claimed a com­fort­able 2-0 win over strug­gling Ip­swich.

Jor­dan Hugill’s first-half penalty set the Teessiders on their way, with Mar­cus Tav­ernier’s sec­ond-half strike round­ing off a rou­tine vic­tory.

The re­sult pro­vided Mid­dles­brough with a first Cham­pi­onship home win since Novem­ber 10, and eased the WEST BROM cap­tain Chris Brunt res­cued a dra­matic point for his 10-man side with a stop­page time strike in a 1-1 Cham­pi­onship draw against Sh­effield Wed­nes­day at The Hawthorns.

Al­bion, who had striker Jay Ro­driguez sent off in the 63rd minute for ap­pear­ing to stamp on Marco Matias, were head­ing for de­feat af­ter At­dhe Nuhiu had given Wed­nes­day a fifth-minute lead.

But Brunt bun­dled home a Matt Phillips cor­ner deep into stop­page time to ex­tend pro­mo­tion-chas­ing DERBY staged an as­ton­ish­ing late come­back to beat high-fly­ing Nor­wich 4-3 at Car­row Road in the Cham­pi­onship.

Trail­ing 3-2 with 10 min­utes to go, and with a flood­light fail­ure then de­lay­ing the game for 25 min­utes, the Rams hit back in su­perb style.

Flo­rian Joze­f­zoon equalised af­ter the re­sump­tion and Jack Mar­riott fired home a dra­matic win­ner on the 90-minute mark. The hosts seemed to be in com­plete con­trol af­ter goals from Ben God­frey and Pukki but the Rams were back on level terms by IM­PROV­ING Birm­ing­ham suf­fered a sud­den dip in form and had to be con­tent with a point from a goal­less home draw against a bat­tling Brent­ford.

The re­sult, on past per­for­mances in the Cham­pi­onship, was hardly a sur­prise con­sid­er­ing Birm­ing­ham had failed to beat Brent­ford in their pre­vi­ous four en­coun­ters.

Brent­ford fin­ished with four yel­low cards in a highly com­pet­i­tive game.

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