Norwich City took a huge step towards automatic promotion on a weekend full of surprises, as the race for promotion from Sky Bet Championship produced more twists.
Early goals from Emiliano Buendia and Marco Stiepermann put the Canaries ahead before Teemu Pukki’s brace secured a 4-0 victory over QPR, as Buendia found himself sent off for a rash challenge on Josh Scowen between Pukki’s goals.
That victory therefore leaves them seven points clear of Sheffield United, who beat Preston through David McGoldrick’s first half winner to move second after Che Adams’ strike saw Birmingham stun Leeds.
West Brom remain fourth but failed to keep pace with the Yorkshire pair after losing 2-0 at Millwall, with Aston Villa seven points behind in fifth as they completed a 3-1 comeback win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Bristol City complete the top six after a 2-2 draw with Wigan after Nathan Byrne clinched a late point for the Latics, who initially led through Reece James’ screamer before goals from Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer appeared to had put the Robins on course for fifth.Embed from Getty Images
Down at bottom, Bolton’s survival hopes look slim after falling to a 2-1 home defeat against rock bottom Ipswich.
Rotherham are now just a point from safety after beating Nottingham Forest by same result, as Reading drop into the last survival spot following a 3-1 defeat at Hull. with Millwall and Wigan still in danger just above the Royals.
Elsewhere, Brentford came from behind three times to clinch a 3-3 draw with Derby as Harry Wilson initially put the Rams ahead ,before Julian Jeanvier flicked in an equaliser ten minutes later from a corner.
Jayden Bogle then produced a stunning solo goal but the Bees restored parity just minutes later when Neal Maupay tapped in a cross from Rico Henry.
Derby then moved back ahead for the third time when Wilson curled a shot into the bottom left corner, only for Said Benrahma to blast in Brentford’s third leveller and a share of the points,
Across in Wales, Swansea saw off a free-falling Middlesbrough 3-1 in a dominant display with George Saville heading in a late consolation for the Teessiders.
Finally, Peter Etebo handed Stoke a 14th minute winner over Blackburn as both teams remain firmly rooted in midtable.