2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week Three Roundup

Bristol City move joint top of Championship. (Image credit: Bristol City FC)

Bristol City and Reading are joint leaders of Sky Bet Championship as the pair continue to enjoy unbeaten starts to this season, whilst two relegated and promoted teams respectively collided this weekend. 

Tommy Rowe put Bristol City in front from Chris Martin’s 59th minute headed pass before Jamie Paterson’s injury-time curler sent the Robins top with a home win over Sheffield Wednesday, who remain rock-bottom on -8 points following a 12 point deduction at start of season.

Early second-half goals from Michael Morrison and Lucas Joao clinched a third consecutive win for Reading, as the Royals remain unbeaten this season despite Lee Tomlin’s late consolation for Cardiff.

Swansea climbed to third after Andre Ayew netted and then assisted in Jamal Lowe’s effort as the Swans sank rock-bottom Wycombe in a 2-0 away win at Adams Park.

Arnaut Danjuma produced a 35th minute winner after picking up Jefferson’s Lerma and firing in on the turn from 25 yards out as Bournemouth defeated Norwich in a tight battle, between two teams who were relegated from the Premier League in July.

Luton’s unbeaten league start was ended at Watford after Joao Pedro picked up Ken Sema’s cross and fired in via Sonny Bradley’s deflection, ultimately clinching victory for the Hornets who rose to fifth following this hard fought Beds-Herts derby.

Blackburn round out the top six as Bradley Johnson’s brace in between goals from Tyrhys Dolan and Adam Armstrong secured a dominant away win over Derby, sending the Rams plummeting into the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Elsewhere, Birmingham found themselves held to a 1-1 home draw against Rotherham after late penalties for both teams as Kieran Sadlier put the Millers in front via a 87th minute spot kick, only for Jeremie Bela who conceded the penalty to then go up the other end and convert his own penalty just three minutes later after Billy Jones fouled Jon Toral.

Ivan Toney scored his first Brentford goal since joining at start of September from the penalty spot after a foul by Shaun Hutchinson, rescuing the Bees a hard earned point against Millwall who had taken a fourth minute lead after Jed Wallace headed in from Mason Bennett’s cross in an eventual 1-1 draw at The Den.

Ten-man Preston fell to a surprise home defeat as Lee Gregory fired in Stoke’s first league goal and victory of the season after Tom Barkhuizen had been sent off for fouling Morgan Fox.

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Having tasted defeat last week, QPR improved to 11th position after Bright Osayi-Samuel salvaged a point for the Hoops on the rebound after Chuba Akpom had initially headed Middlesbrough in front on debut from a corner.

Last season’s Play-Off challengers, Nottingham Forest extended their winless streak to ten matches in all competitions after Frazier Campbell volleyed in a 54th minute winner for Huddersfield from Harry Toffolo’s cross.

Finally, Barnsley held Coventry to a goalless draw at Oakwell as the two automatically promoted teams from last season’s League One collided in an edgy encounter.

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