Blades cut down QPR to go sec­ond

Nottingham Post - - SPORT -

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

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

Third-placed Nor­wich scored late again to sal­vage a 1-1 draw at West Brom.

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 at play-off hope­fuls Birm­ing­ham. Britt As­som­ba­longa grabbed a late win­ner.

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

Jones left Luton to re­place the sacked Gary Rowett ear­lier this 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 seal the points for the Bees in the 54th minute.

Jar­rod Bowen con­tin­ued his stun­ning goal-scor­ing form with a brace in Hull’s 3-0 vic­tory over Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

The for­ward took his tally to nine in his last eight league games to se­cure the Tigers a sixth con­sec­u­tive win.

As­ton Villa wasted the op­por­tu­nity to make ground on the play-offs after a 3-0 de­feat at rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Wi­gan.

Lee John­son’s sub­sti­tutes made a huge im­pact to help Bris­tol City, now two points off Derby, beat strug­gling Bolton 2-1 at Ash­ton Gate.

Will Buck­ley put Wan­der­ers ahead in the 58th minute, but Matty Tay­lor and debu­tant Kasey Palmer came off the bench to turn the game around in the space of three min­utes.

Ip­swich moved within seven points of safety cour­tesy of a 1-0 tri­umph over fel­low strug­glers Rotherham at Port­man Road

Daniel John­son’s penalty on the hour mark se­cured 10-man Pre­ston a 1-1 draw with Swansea.

Court­ney Baker-richard­son net­ted the opener for the Swans at Deep­dale and, after John­son replied, Pre­ston sub­sti­tute Joshua Earl was sent off.

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