United back with a bang
Chris Basham, an unsung defender, found the winner in 71st-minute. Sheffield United got their promotion campaign back under way with a 1-0 away win to deliver a statement of intent to leaders Norwich City. The Canaries’ centre-back Ben Godfrey sealed the victory in second-half on to enlarge the gap between the top two to four points after 38 games. It was the table leader’s sixth league win in succession, stabilising the side after an early-season wobble.
‘We know although we are a few points ahead we are not the big favourites because of the size and the financial opportunities, but we are in a good position and we want to go further on.” Norwich coach Daniel Farke said.
The Lancashire side saved their Championship Play-off submit dream alive (best for last), giving Preston’s Alex Neil a 12-match unbeaten run as their coach with a 1-0 win over Birmingham in Deepdale on Saturday when Sean Maguire scored in stoppage time.
It was a command performance by a London side who started this Saturday’s match by coming from 1-2 down at very final minute to get a defeat from Rotherham at home and showed yet more resolve in overturning an interval deficit 2-0 to equalise Hull City.
WBA’s Kyle Edwards proved to be the match-winner on his debut, firing in from his solo run. It also was his first senior goal.
Five-star Wigan Athletic dispatch Bolton Wanderers to move away from the drop zone.
Three goals in the first 25 minutes from Gavin Massey, Nick Powell and Michael Jacobs put Latics firmly in the driving seat after the early 4th-minute lead taking by Joe Garner as they held off a Bolton challenge at the end of the first half to lead 1-0 at the break.
A late goal was converted by the substitute striker Leon Clarke to round off the scoring, inflicting further damage on the Trotters.
The 5-2 result means Paul Cook’s side have won the first time in last eight league matches and ease some pressure of relegation threats.
The hosts were 2-0 up inside an hour as Steven Fletcher and Atdhe Nuhiu all found the net. Blackburn Rovers’ Craig Conway pulled a goal back after through Joe Rothwell. But Dominic Iorfa and Marco Matias gave the hosts the three goal-cushion in the last quarter of the game. Elliott Bennett 88th-minute finish proved nothing but no comeback for Rovers.
Colin Quaner fired Ipswich Town ahead in the opening minute, latching onto Gwion Edwards’ pass to fire low past Costel Pantilimon. But Nottingham Forest rallied through Joe Lolley’s in-swinging corner through Molla Wague knock in, only to see the two points snatched away after 90 minutes.
Aston Villa bag their fourth consecutive league win by winning 3-0 over Middlesbrough while Stoke City claimed their third 0-0 draw in successive games.