After two changes of the Sky Bet Championship lead in the past week, West Brom threw up another twist as they put themselves on top heading into the October international break.
Initial Championship leaders entering this weekend, Swansea blew a first minute lead as rock-bottom Stoke came from behind at the Liberty Stadium to snatch victory through goals from Sam Clucas and Scott Hogan to earn their first league win of the season.
That defeat meant that the Swans fell to fourth as West Brom took top spot after edging a six goal thriller against Cardiff at The Hawthorns.
Matheus Costa Pereira played an one-two with Grady Diangana before opening the scoring with a curler, only for his goal assistant to soon add West Brom’s second shortly before half-time when he finished off Jake Livermore’s interception.
Cardiff then made the better start to the second half until Charlie Austin added a third for the Baggies after 71 minutes, which was soon followed by a Danny Ward brace to give Cardiff late hope of a comeback but Costa Pereira soon set up Romaine Sawyers in injury time to seal a 4-2 win for the hosts.
Nottingham Forest climbed to second after Ben Watson’s 56th minute volley from a corner was enough to beat Brentford, whilst Preston went third with a riotous 5-1 home win over second-bottom Barnsley as Daniel Johnson netted a brace and set up Tom Barkhuizen for their second goal.
Leeds suffered their second consecutive away defeat in London in the past week, as a Jed Wallace penalty and Tom Bradshaw strike sealed a 2-1 win for Millwall despite Ezgjan Alioski netting the Whites’ eventual consolation goal.
Bristol City round out the top six after Famara Diedhiou’s 12th minute header from a Niclas Eliasson cross was enough to squeeze past Reading.
For the Royals, that defeat meant that they slid into the relegation zone on the number of goals scored after Huddersfield took a 3-0 win over Hull, leaving the Terriers level on goal difference and out of the relegation by the virtue of scoring 12 goals to Reading’s 11 so far this season.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Fulham sit seventh after coming from behind twice as they held Charlton to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining London derby at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers however are just ahead of Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference after Massimo Luongo fired in from an Adam Reach pullback to edge the Owls past Wigan.
QPR meanwhile ran riot as they battered Blackburn 4-2 at Loftus Road despite Bradley Dack and Adam Armstrong both halving the deficit at 2-1 then 4-1 down respectively for the visitors.
Derby continued their improved form as a 2-0 win over Luton made it five games unbeaten for the Rams, thanks to a 11th minute own goal from Matty Pearson and second-half strike from Tom Lawrence.
Finally, Middlesbrough remain two points clear of the drop after a 89th minute Odin Bailey header secured a 2-1 win for Birmingham, having just two minutes earlier seen Daniel Ayala’s header cancel out Francisco Villalba Rodrigo’s opener for the Brummies.