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EFL Championship Game Week 8 Roundup

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Welsh wizard Roberts scores twice to keep Leeds top:

Leeds produced a dominant display to beat Preston three-nil at Elland Road on Tuesday night. Leeds captain Liam Cooper opened the scoring in the 37th minute when he headed in a Barry Douglas corner. Preston nearly made Leeds pay for squandering some great goalscoring chances when they had a goal correctly disallowed for offside early in the second half. Young Welsh international Tyler Roberts scored his first goals for Leeds to seal the win and keep his unbeaten side top of the league. Brentford and Ipswich shared the spoils at Portman Road. The 1-1 draw leaves the tractor boys marooned at the bottom of the table. Brentford forward Neale Maupay’s eighth goal of the campaign was cancelled out in the 73rd-minute header by Kayden Jackson.

West Brom showcased their Premier League class attacking play as they quickly dispatched in-form Bristol City 4-2 at the Hawthorns. A brace from Jay Rodriguez and another from Dwight Gayle gave the Baggies a three-nil lead at the break. Bristol City scored two second-half goals either side of Ashley Barnes long-range effort as the relegated west country side sent out an ominous warning to their promotion rivals. The pressure on Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has lessened with a 2-0 home win over struggling Rotherham. On-loan duo Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie scored the vital goals to end Villa’s five-match winless run. Derby wasted numerous great scoring chances as they drew nil-all with Blackburn. Frank Lampard will bemoan the lack of a clinical edge shown by his team at their home ground. Blackburn’s solid start to life back in the Championship means that they sit in 13th place in the standings.

 

Stoke take the points at home to the Swans:

Joe Allen was the hero for struggling Stoke on Tuesday night. The playmaker’s disputed effort ensured his former side left the Bet365 Stadium with no points. Stoke striker Benik Afobe appeared to be in an offside position as the ball deflected off him straight to Joe Allen to score the only goal of the game. The result is a much-needed win for Stoke boss Gary Rowett which sees his side move into mid-table. Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsey justified the appeal of his sending off as he helped Wigan to a 2-1 home win over Hull. Morsey was red carded at Brentford on Saturday, but following his successful appeal, the sending off was rescinded, and he was cleared to start. Morsey opened the scoring for the Latics, and Josh Windass added a second before halftime. Jarrod Bowen pulled a goal back for Hull, but they were unable to find the elusive equaliser.

Birmingham drew their fourth game in a row and remain winless after a scoreless draw at Sheffield United on Wednesday evening. The away side struck the post twice during the game and now head to Leeds on Saturday looking to gain their first league win of the season. QPR extended their unbeaten league run to four games with a two nil home win over London rivals Millwall. Two quick-fire first-half goals were enough for Steve McClaren’s Rangers side to gain the three points and leave    Millwall one place outside the relegation zone.

 

Boro up to second place after home win over Bolton:

Middlesborough bounced back from their loss at Norwich with a two-nil home win over Bolton. George Saville who was a deadline day signing from Millwall,  pouched on a defensive mix up to fire the home side ahead after 34 minutes. Britt Asombalonga’s third goal of the season in stoppage time moved Tony Pulis’s men into the automatic promotion places. Nottingham Forest attackers Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho scored their first goals of the season in the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Joao Carvalho who cost 13.2 million from Benfica in the summer produced an exquisite curling drive to secure the points for the home side. Steven Flecther scored a late consolation for the Yorkshire side who now fall below Forest in the table. Norwich made it two consecutive league wins for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at Reading, Goals from Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell gave the Canaries their first away win since January. Icelandic forward Jon Dadi Bodvarson came off the bench to equalise for a Reading side who are the only Championship yet to register a single point at home this season.

 

 

I am a thirty-something, long-suffering Leeds United fan from Dublin. I have a long-standing love-hate relationship with the beautiful game. But at the end of the day, I couldn’t imagine my life without my weekly dose of football. To kill my boredom, I frequently watch Roberto Baggio goal compilations on Youtube; I highly recommend this practice!