Blades cut down QPR to go second
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.