This weekend saw things hot up in the Sky Bet Championship as teams start to find their stride and those in promotion hunt start to turn the screws. 

Speaking of turning screws, we must start our week three round-up at The Hawthorns after West Bromwich Albion ran riot in a 7-1 win over QPR

Ex QPR man, Matt Phillips put the Baggies ahead before the half hour mark from a rebound before Joel Lynch soon tapped in an equaliser. 

The second half however belonged to the home side after Kieran Gibbs tapped them back in front. 

West Brom were soon 5-1 up after two Jay Rodriguez penalties either side of Dwight Gayle’s tap in.

Phillips then claimed his second in 88th minute after rifling Hal Robson-Kanu’s back header into goal. 

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Robson-Kanu soon added his name to the score sheet with his own tap in to send West Brom soaring up to third in the table. 

Over in North West, Preston North End and Wigan played out 2-2 draws with Stoke and Nottingham Forest respectively. 

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Preston’s game in particular saw Peter Crouch net his 200th career goal after his header cancelled out Paul Gallagher and Graham Burke’s goals either side of an Erik Pieters volley. 

Table topping Middlesbrough and Leeds United continued their unbeaten starts to this season by grabbing comfortable 2-0 wins over Bristol City and Rotherham.

Brentford also beat Sheffield Wednesday by same result to go fourth, behind West Brom on goal difference who occupy third. 

Elsewhere, Millwall saw off Derby in an exciting match at The Den and Sheffield United overcame Norwich by same scoreline after Billy Sharp’s late winner. 

Last season’s beaten Play-Off finalists, Aston Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich at Portman Road, after Jonathan Kodjia’s opener was cancelled out by Trevor Chalobah. 

Finally, Blackburn and Bolton picked up 1-0 away wins over Hull and Reading whilst Birmingham held Swansea to a goalless draw. 

 

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