Win over Wigan is re­lief for McClaren

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: Un­der­pres­sure QPR man­ager Steve McClaren was thrown a life­line with a 1-0 vic­tory over Wigan at Lof­tus Road.

Tomer Hemed’s first-half goal se­cured Rangers’ first points of the sea­son fol­low­ing a run of four straight de­feats that had rooted them to the foot of the ta­ble.

The home side de­fended well in the face of spec­u­la­tion over McClaren’s fu­ture, al­though Wigan had chances to equalise with Chey Dunk­ley squan­der­ing one of them late on.

Sam Bal­dock sal­vaged a point against As­ton Villa af­ter his 91st-minute header se­cured an un­ex­pected 1-1 draw for Read­ing.

Villa lost play­maker Jack Gre­al­ish to a first-half in­jury, but that did not pre­vent them from open­ing the scor­ing through Ahmed El­mo­hamady and they looked com­fort­able un­til Bal­dock in­ter­vened.

Brent­ford dropped out of the play off-places af­ter Kasey Palmer gave Black­burn a 1-0 vic­tory at Ewood Park.

Derby surged up the ta­ble af­ter strikes from Ma­son Mount and Richard Keogh com­pleted a 2-0 win against strug­gling Pre­ston.

An­dreas Weimann found the net af­ter 31 sec­onds and that was the only goal as Bris­tol City pre­vailed 1-0 at Swansea.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams fired high-qual­ity goals ei­ther side of the in­ter­val to give Birm­ing­ham City a 2-0 lead, but they were still forced to set­tle for a 2-2 draw fol­low­ing a fight­back by Not­ting­ham For­est.

With his first touch of the game Joe Lol­ley bril­liantly steered an in­ad­e­quate clear­ance into the net be­fore Daryl Mur­phy pro­duced the equaliser with three min­utes re­main­ing.

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