This Bank Holiday weekend threw up first wins of season, unbeaten runs ending and a 31st second match winner across Sky Bet Championship.
Starting at top, Middlesbrough beat West Bromwich Albion in Friday Night Football through Daniel Ayala’s late winner to move themselves top of league before Leeds visited Norwich on Saturday.
Norwich made the stronger start with Teemu Pukki seeing his shot blocked before Leeds claimed a 21st minute lead, after Ezgjan Alioski’s header from a cross was punched out to Mateusz Klich who fired it into bottom left.
They soon doubled their lead after an attack down Norwich’s right eventually found Kemar Roofe who laid the ball forward for Alioski to rifle in from a tight right angle.
Pablo Hernandez then wrapped up the win in 67th minute when he picked up a Barry Douglas pass and found space and bent into bottom right.
The 3-0 win was enough to send Leeds top and ensure that both they and Boro are unbeaten ahead of their meeting on Friday night.
Both teams will stay there throughout the international break no matter what the result is, unless one wins and Bolton can run riot at Preston to move ahead of loser on goal difference.
Nottingham Forest also remain unbeaten after coming back from two goals down at home to clinch a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City. That is Forest’s fourth draw in five though.
On opposite ends of A666, Bolton and Blackburn experienced contrasting fortunes as the former saw their unbeaten start ended by Sheffield United running riot in a 3-0 win.
Blackburn meanwhile maintained their strong form by ending Brentford‘s unbeaten run through a 54th minute winner from Kasey Palmer.
Stoke and QPR both picked up their first wins of the season at home, beating Hull and Wigan by respective 2-0 and 1-0 results.
Derby and Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile followed up midweek wins by beating Preston and Ipswich, although the Owls did leak a goal when Toto Nsiala scored for the Tractor Boys before seeing red .
Over in Wales, Swansea suffered a first home defeat of season after Andreas Weimann’s first minute winner handed Bristol City a 1-0 win after just 31 seconds.
Rotherham also picked up a 1-0 win through Sean Raggett’s first half header as they beat Millwall.
Finally, Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw with Reading after Sam Baldock’s stoppage time penalty handed the visitors a point.