Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp scored two goals in a 2-2 draw at Norwich City in the heated atmosphere of a near-full Carrow Road stadium.
Sharp hit one spot-kick in the first half and one more in the second to regain the third place with 51 points, as both sides only earned one point.
While Leeds United, another team in top three, came back to the winning track, Mateusz Klich scored a double to help the Whites extend their lead in the table by three points after a win in Rotherham.
Securing his first victory in City Ground, new Nottingham Forest Boss Martin O’neil brought in two new faces – Ben Watson and Guedioura in his starting lineup from his first outing. The changes produced some good effects. Guedioura replied with the third goal after the 80 minutes mark for the Reds. Joe Lolley and Matty Cash has twice put the hosts in front while a lively Wigan Josh Windass pulled a goal back in first half.
Injury-plagued Hull City’s squad lost his 10-game unbeaten run to in-form Blackburn Rovers with three-goal margin. Within 20 minutes, the Tiger have already conceded two goals. Harrison Reed’s third goal was sealed the Rovers’ fate.
Paul Lambert’s still searched his first away victory in 2019 while Ipswich Town had already lose last seven outings on their road in all competition. Freddie Sears scored a consolation goal in 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa this time which is their first goal in last seven away matches.
A 2-0 victory in Stoke City gave the new-look Preston North End’s fourth clean sheet away from home this season and first in last nine matches of all competitions. Thanks to Alan Browne and new signing Brad Potts found the net in both half.
On Tuesday, the encounter between Bolton Wanderers and Reading was moved due to FA cup fourth round while Swansea will host Birmingham City on the same day.
Bold means winner of the match day
Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield United
Rotherham United 1-2 Leeds United
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Wigan
Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Hull City
Aston Villa 2-1 Ipswich Town
Stoke City 0-2 Preston North End