Leeds and Middlesbrough entered this round joint top of Sky Bet Championship but kicked off the weekend’s action with a 0-0 draw, leaving them still joint top entering the international break.
Bolton therefore knew that they would close the gap to a single point with victory over Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.
That prospect initially looked to be gone within first 16 minutes after goals from Callum Robinson and Alan Browne put Preston into an early lead.Embed from Getty Images
Bolton however struck back shortly before half time through Sammy Ameobi and Pawel Olkowsi to clinch a 2-2 draw, despite dropping down to eighth by end of weekend’s play whilst Preston saw Ben Pearson red carded after a late brawl.
Sheffield United meanwhile knew that Bolton draw coupled with them beating Aston Villa would see the Blades leap into third and two points off the top two.
It took just six minutes for them to get off to a flyer when Jack O’ Connell headed the Blades ahead from a set piece.
Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood screamers eventually had United ahead 3-0 at half time before Billy Sharp turned in Kieron Freeman’s pass to make it 4-0 in 49th minute.
Villa pulled one back when Anwar El Ghazi slotted in a consolation goal from Glenn Whelan’s pass but it finished 4-1 as the Blades moved up into third place and two points behind Leeds and Middlesbrough.
Elsewhere, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday both made it three league wins on bounce after seeing off Hull and Reading with respective 2-1 wins.
Derby’s win in particular sees them move up to fourth, ahead of Brentford who beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 with a late Ollie Watkins winner.
Bristol City complete the top six on Sunday after clinching a 4-1 home win to end Blackburn Rovers’ unbeaten start.
Charlie Mulgrew initially put Rovers in front from a corner kick before Josh Brownhill and Marley Watkins pulled The Robins ahead with goals either side of half time. Famara Diedhiou and captain, Marlon Pack soon completed the win afterwards.
Swansea who looked set to occupy sixth if Bristol City and Blackburn drew, sit seventh after a comeback win against Millwall despite playing majority of match with 10 men following Courtney Baker-Richardson fifth minute sending off.
West Bromwich emerged victorious in the Midlands derby through Dwight Gayle’s double despite Erik Pieters pulling one back for Stoke in injury time.Embed from Getty Images
Ipswich and Norwich meanwhile played out a 1-1 draw at Portman Road in the East Anglia derby, after Moritz Leitner cancelled out Gwion Edwards’ opener for the home side. The result leaves the Tractor Boys second bottom with Norwich in 17th but just two points clear of the drop.
Finally, Wigan picked up a 1-0 home win against Rotherham whilst Birmingham City held QPR to a goalless draw.