McGoldrick helps Blades climb

Burton Mail - - Sport -

DAVID McGoldrick headed the win­ner as Sh­effield United beat QPR 1-0 to move up to sec­ond in the Cham­pi­onship.

The for­mer Ip­swich Town striker scored for the fifth time in his last six League games, pounc­ing in the 37th minute to en­sure the Blades cut the gap on lead­ers Leeds United, who beat Derby County 2-0 on Fri­day night, to four points.

Third-placed Nor­wich City scored late again to sal­vage a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Al­bion.

Dwight Gayle net­ted his 14th goal of the sea­son early on but Jor­dan Rhodes came off the bench to res­cue a point for City in the 83rd minute.

Mid­dles­brough main­tained their po­si­tion in the top six with a 2-1 win away to play-off hope­fuls Birm­ing­ham City.

Lewis Wing put Boro ahead in the 37th minute and, al­though Che Adams’ 13th goal this sea­son drew the Blues level, Britt As­som­ba­longa grabbed a late win­ner.

Nathan Jones’ reign at Stoke City started in dis­ap­point­ing fash­ion, los­ing 3-1 at Brent­ford.

Jones left Luton Town to re­place the sacked Gary Rowett ear­lier last week but Stoke were 2-0 be­hind in­side 17 min­utes fol­low­ing an own goal from Ryan Shawcross and Said Ben­rahma’s ef­fort.

Benik Afobe gave the vis­i­tors hope only for Rico Henry to make it 3-1 for the Bees in the 54th minute.

Life after Ai­tor Karanka started badly for Not­ting­ham For­est with a 2-0 de­feat at Read­ing.

The Spaniard left the City Ground on Fri­day and nine-man For­est missed the chance to close the gap on the sixth-placed Rams.

John Swift’s ef­fort and an own goal from Jack Robin­son se­cured Jose Gomes’ first win as boss. For­est’s Danny Fox and Ten­dayi Darikwa were sent off in the sec­ond half.

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