Win over Wigan is relief for McClaren
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.