Blades bumped up to sec­ond af­ter beat­ing QPR

Sunday Sun - - Football -

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.

Nathan Jones’ 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.

Life af­ter Aitor Karanka started ter­ri­bly 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 sixth-placed Derby as the Roy­als moved to within two points of safety.

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

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 and Fraizer Camp­bell added a third 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.

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