After a dramatic round of midweek action in the Sky Bet Championship, the promotion battle further intensified after an explosive weekend full of surprises and missed chances.
Championship leaders, Leeds United suffered their first league defeat of season after falling to a shock 2-1 home defeat against Birmingham City.
Che Adams’ double had put the visitors in front before the break and despite a valiant effort, Leeds could only claim a consolation when Ezgjan Alioski slotted low into bottom right hand corner.
The Whites’ loss meant that Middlesbrough could move top with victory but they could only muster up a goalless draw with Swansea City.
Brentford commenced the weekend in third but were knocked down to seventh after blowing a first minute lead at Derby, losing 3-1 with all four goals coming in first half hour of match as the Rams moved up to sixth.Embed from Getty Images
The Bees’ loss therefore saw West Bromwich Albion move within a point of the automatic promotion spots, after beating Millwall at home through Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs’ goals.
Sheffield United currently occupy fourth after beating Preston 3-2 through David McGoldrick’s late winner, having initially held a 2-0 lead till The Lilywhites equalised at start of final ten minutes through Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson.
Preston’s defeat left them propping up the table after Ipswich drew 0-0 with Bolton and Millwall dropped into the relegation zone.
Wigan meanwhile complete the top six after Nick Powell’s header proved the defining difference in a 1-0 win over Bristol City, seeing the Latics move fifth.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa’s unbeaten start at home came to a surprise end when Sheffield Wednesday claimed a 2-1 win following Steven Fletcher’s 67th minute winning header.
Nigel Adkins’ first return to the Madejski Stadium since being sacked in December 2014 ended badly as Reading dished out a 3-0 defeat to Hull City.
Stoke City meanwhile suffered their fourth defeat of season after losing 3-2 at home to Blackburn Rovers, despite Saido Berahino and Tom Ince offering hope of a late fightback.
Finally, Nottingham Forest and Norwich picked up respective 1-0 wins over Rotherham and QPR to continue their recent form.