Two goals in the final seven minutes earned Sheffield United a 2-0 win over Reading as Chris Wilder's side bounced back from their loss to Leeds United last weekend.

A 1-0 home loss to Yorkshire rivals Leeds had dented the Blades' automatic promotion aspirations but they cut the gap to five points again with a victory at managerless Reading, who were playing their first match since sacking Paul Clement on Thursday.

Substitute Billy Sharp broke the deadlock with an 83rd-minute tap-in before fellow replacement Sam Baldock headed into his own goal to make sure of the points for Sheffield United.

Wilder's men had two first-half goals correctly ruled out for offside, with Conor Washington and David McGoldrick both denied. 

Washington had strayed beyond the last man when he nodded in John Egan's flick-on from a corner, while the flag was raised for McGoldrick when he converted George Baldock's cross.

Yet Sheffield United did go ahead seven minutes from time as Sharp just managed to stay onside to convert Baldock's delivery at the back post.

The victory was assured three minutes later when Baldock misjudged John Fleck's corner and headed past his own goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.

Reading are in the bottom three having won just twice in their last 12 games.

Championship leaders Norwich City required a stoppage-time goal from Teemu Pukki to see off 10-man Bolton Wanderers and retain top spot.

Bolton's fightback from two goals down looked to have been enough to help Leeds United, who beat QPR, move into pole position, but Pukki was on hand to seal a last-gasp win.

Middlesbrough failed to return to winning ways as they were held to a draw by Blackburn Rovers, while Derby County moved into third place by beating Wigan Athletic.

Swansea City, meanwhile, survived a scare from Brentford as they ended a three-match losing streak with a 3-2 victory.

CANARIES LEAVE IT LATE

All seemed well for Norwich when Marco Stiepermann put them 2-0 up with just under an hour played at Carrow Road – Mario Vrancic having opened the scoring in the first half.

But Sammy Ameobi's response four minutes later halved the deficit and, in remarkable circumstances, struggling Bolton hauled themselves level when Mark Beevers prodded home two minutes from time.

However, there would be more drama, with Ameobi receiving his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card and Norwich were quick to profit.

Pukki got the winner, keeping his composure in the 93rd minute to tuck in after Bolton's defence scrambled at a cross, and ensuring Daniel Farke's side remain top.

ROOFE DOUBLE MAINTAINS THE PRESSURE

Leeds looked set to be going top until Pukki's late winner for Norwich, with Marcelo Bielsa's side having claimed a fourth straight win by beating QPR.

Kemar Roofe netted both of Leeds' goals, scoring on the stroke of half-time before doubling his tally from the spot early in the second half.

It was not smooth sailing for Bielsa's men, however, with Nahki Wells having put QPR ahead against the run of play midway through the first half at Elland Road.

Leeds are now on 42 points, five clear of third-placed Derby, who beat 10-man Wigan thanks to Jack Marriott's header.

SWANS HOLD ON IN FIVE-GOAL THRILLER

Wayne Routledge set the tone for an exciting encounter at Griffin Park, opening the scoring with just 25 seconds on the clock.

Chris Mepham's own-goal and a Leroy Fer strike had Swansea 3-0 by the 27th minute, but Thomas Frank's side pulled one back through Ollie Watkins before the interval.

Said Benrahma's effort set up a grandstand finish, though there would be no late dram as Swansea held firm to claim just a second win in six games.

BORO FAIL TO BOUNCE BACK

Middlesbrough were hammered 3-0 by Aston Villa at the Riverside Stadium in midweek, and their struggles on home turf continued as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

Muhamed Besic's foul on the edge of Boro's box and subsequent red card handed Blackburn the initiative, with Charlie Mulgrew curling in the resulting free-kick.

But Tony Pulis' side fought back – substitute Britt Assombalonga on target to secure a share of the spoils.

Anwar El Ghazi scored twice from long range but a controversial Jay Rodriguez goal in injury time earned West Brom a 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa in a Championship thriller on Friday.

Reading have parted company with manager Paul Clement, the Championship club announced on Thursday.

Lewis MacLeod's injury-time header saw Brentford strike late to earn a 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing West Brom in the Championship on Monday.

West Brom dominated but were denied a fourth straight league win when MacLeod cancelled out Harvey Barnes' 77th-minute opener.

Jay Rodriguez missed an open goal and Hal Robson-Kanu wasted a great opportunity from close range as West Brom failed to take their chances.

And when Matt Phillips whacked the crossbar with a 30-yard drive it seemed as though Brentford's rearguard would hold firm at The Hawthorns.

But Barnes had other ideas, responding quickly to finish well after his first shot was blocked in the box.

Brentford looked to be heading for a seventh loss in their past eight matches but Thomas Frank's side equalised in the first minute of added time.

Emiliano Marcondes found space on the right wing to deliver a wonderful cross that found an unmarked MacLeod, who headed home at the back post.

Dwight Gayle almost snatched the points for West Brom in the 98th minute but his shot deflected just wide of Daniel Bentley's post.

Tammy Abraham scored his 11th Championship goal of the season as Aston Villa recorded an impressive 3-0 away win over promotion rivals Middlesbrough.

In-form Villa now have 13 points from their last five games, while a first defeat in eight for third-placed Boro, who were hindered by a dire performance from goalkeeper Darren Randolph, left the hosts five points adrift of leaders Norwich City. 

Dean Smith's men are eighth in the table and within three points of the play-off places.

Randolph produced a superb stop to keep out an early first-time effort from Abraham and the striker who netted four goals against Nottingham Forest last time out was frustrated again when he had a strong penalty claim rejected after a challenge from George Friend.

But Villa moved ahead after 20 minutes, Randolph poorly attempting to punch clear a Jack Grealish corner, allowing away captain James Chester to convert from close range.

Villa's second arrived after 64 minutes, man-of-the-moment Abraham sliding in to convert from inside the six-yard box after Yannick Bolasie's shot across the face of goal.

The closest Boro came to a goal was when Villa keeper Orjan Nyland brilliantly tipped a powerful Jordan Hugill strike onto the crossbar late on.

But a miserable evening for Tony Pulis was summed up when his former Stoke City player Glenn Whelan somehow beat Randolph with a long-range shot straight at the goalkeeper, his 83rd-minute strike coming just 55 seconds after he was introduced as a substitute.

Norwich City reclaimed top spot in the Championship after battling back to beat Rotherham United 3-1 at Carrow Road. 

Daniel Farke's side responded well to the setback of Leeds United's earlier win at Sheffield United and an 11th-minute goal from Rotherham's Richard Towell to claim all three points. 

Nottingham Forest and Derby County boosted their play-off ambitions, while Birmingham City overtook Stoke City thanks to a late equaliser from Reading. 

At the other end of the table, Hull City claimed a hugely important win away from home, but things continue to look bleak for Ipswich Town. 

NORWICH SHOW SPIRIT AS FOREST JUMP INTO TOP SIX

Leeds' late winner at Sheffield United and Towell's close-range finish left Norwich fans feeling fairly anxious at half-time.

However, Todd Cantwell finished from Teemu Pukki's set-up to restore parity with his first goal for the club, and the scorer turned provider when he sent Max Aarons through to make it 2-1.

Pukki buried a third to ensure Norwich go back to the top, a point above Leeds, while Rotherham slip to 20th in the table.

Sheffield United's day was made worse by Nottingham Forest's 2-0 win over Ipswich, which puts Aitor Karanka's side fifth and leaves the Tractor Boys seven points from safety.

STOKE STUMBLE IN PLAY-OFF CHASE AS BIRMINGHAM END PRESTON RUN

Stoke looked to be heading for three points after Benik Afobe and Tom Ince overturned Marc McNulty's opener for Reading, but Modou Barrow made it 2-2 in the fourth minute of injury time to deny Gary Rowett's side. 

Birmingham, meanwhile, climbed into eighth in the table after goals from Maikel Kieftenbeld, Jacques Maghoma and Che Adams secured an impressive 3-0 win over Preston North End, who saw their nine-game unbeaten run in the league come to an end. 

Derby held on to a 2-1 win over Swansea City to move level on points with Sheffield United, while Blackburn Rovers stayed in the top-six hunt after Danny Graham's hat-trick inspired a 4-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

HULL STUN QPR AS BOLTON STAY IN BOTTOM THREE

Queens Park Rangers saw their recent resurgence come to an end when they were shocked by Hull in a five-goal thriller at Loftus Road.

Steve McClaren's side had only lost one of their last nine, but two goals from Jarrod Bowen helped the visitors to a 3-2 victory that puts two points between them and the relegation zone.

Bolton Wanderers held Wigan to a 1-1 draw that had looked set to lift them out of the bottom three until Reading's late leveller, although only Christian Doidge's goal-line clearance stopped Lee Evans from giving the visitors the win in the dying moments.

Leeds United moved back to the top of the Championship as Pablo Hernandez sealed a 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield United.

Hernandez struck eight minutes from time after a moment to forget for Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson, settling a feisty all-Yorkshire affair.

Billy Sharp spurned the hosts' best chance of the first half, heading into the turf and over the bar from close range, although his fellow Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick was fortunate a stamping challenge on Mateusz Klich went unpunished.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell endured some nervy moments in the Leeds goal but opposite number Henderson erred decisively when he touched John Egan's overhit backpass straight to Jack Clarke, who picked out Hernandez to sidefoot into an unguarded net.

There was still time for Sheffield United substitute Conor Washington to hook a shot against the crossbar in stoppage time but Leeds held on – Marcelo Bielsa's side moving two points ahead of Norwich City at the summit.

Their nearest rivals entertain Rotherham United later on Saturday, with Sheffield United five points back in fifth.

Derby County's Bradley Johnson has received a four-match ban from the Football Association for a biting incident involving Stoke City's Joe Allen.

Johnson grabbed Allen's shirt with his teeth in a scuffle, after Oghenekaro Etebo was sent off in Stoke's 2-1 win on Wednesday.

"Bradley Johnson has been suspended for four games after he was found to have committed an act of violent conduct for which the standard punishment would be clearly insufficient," a spokesperson for the FA said.

"Johnson denied the charge of violent conduct with an Independent Regulatory Commission then considering the FA's allegation that the three-match sanction should be increased."

Unseen by officials during the match, Johnson was not dismissed but the act was caught on camera, leading to the suspension. Both players were booked for their involvement.

The Derby midfielder will miss a total of five matches, with an extra match due to his accumulation of five yellow cards.

Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association (FA) after a clash with Stoke City's Joe Allen.

The two players came together in a melee sparked by a terrible tackle by Peter Etebo on Derby defender Richard Keogh, which saw the Stoke player dismissed.

Television replays of the incident in Wednesday's game appeared to show Johnson biting Allen on the neck, but the Wales international has denied that was the case.

"It might look a certain way but he hasn't bit me," Allen said. "He might have got a little bit of the shirt but nothing that I'm worried about and I don't think it should go any further that that."

Both players were booked by referee Darren England following their clash but the FA confirmed on Thursday further action will be taken against Johnson.

"It is alleged that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient," an FA statement said.

"Johnson has until 18:00 GMT on Friday November 30 2018 to respond to the charge."

Despite being down to 10 men, Stoke beat manager Gary Rowett's old club Derby 2-1 with Tom Ince scoring a 64th-minute winner.

Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest played out a remarkable 5-5 draw in the Championship on Wednesday, with Tammy Abraham netting four goals.

Forest's Joe Lolley scored the pick of the bunch in an incredible encounter at Villa Park, where the clash swung back in the hosts' favour when Tobias Figueiredo saw red.

West Brom continued their fine run to move within three points of leaders Norwich City, while Derby County's inconsistent form continued at Stoke City. 

Three goals in the space of nine second-half minutes saw Bristol City overcome lowly Ipswich Town and, elsewhere, there were wins for Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City over Blackburn Rovers and Millwall respectively.

ABRAHAM STARS IN 10-GOAL THRILLER

Abraham would have been forgiven for thinking that four goals against Nottingham Forest should have proved enough to claim the points at Villa Park, but that was not to be the case.

The Chelsea loanee scored a first-half hat-trick to ensure Dean Smith's side went in on level terms at half-time, with Forest leading 2-0 and then 3-2 thanks to efforts from Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho and Matthew Cash.

Lolley's thunderbolt put Forest ahead six minutes after the restart, but Abraham capitalised on Figueiredo's sending off to restore parity once more before Anwar El Ghazi put Villa ahead for the first time.

They could not hold on, though – Grabban punishing the club he played for in the second half of last season when he nudged in from close range with eight minutes to play, moving Forest into the top six.

TRACTOR BOYS' WOES CONTINUE

Paul Lambert's wait for a first win as Ipswich Town boss rumbled on as his side conceded three times in nine minutes at home to Bristol City.

Freddie Sears put Ipswich ahead in the first half, but goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski diverted Famara Diedhiou's effort into his own net to hand City an equaliser and, in a flurry of action, the visitors eventually came out on top.

Sears swiftly restored Ipswich's lead, only for Jamie Paterson and Diedhiou to turn the game on its head in the space of five minutes.

Ipswich – six points adrift at the foot of the table – are now without a win on home soil since April, and have tasted victory just once in the Championship this season.

FORMER RAMS DUO COME OUT ON TOP

Derby County slipped out of the play-off places as Thomas Ince scored against his former club to claim a 2-1 win for 10-man Stoke City.

Sam Clucas' first Stoke goal opened the scoring, but Oghenekaro Etebo's red card made matters complicated for Gary Rowett against the side he left in the close-season.

Frank Lampard's side were fortunate that Bradley Johnson's apparent bite on Joe Allen was not spotted by the officials, however, before Harry Wilson curled in a typically excellent free-kick after the interval.

However, Ince would have the final say when he tucked home from Clucas' cross just after the hour.

BAGGIES BOUNCE INTO FOURTH

West Brom claimed a third successive victory as they came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 in south Wales.

Oli McBurnie's early effort put the hosts in front, but Craig Dawson responded with a looping header three minutes later.

And Darren Moore's side, who are now two points off the automatic promotion spots, completed the turnaround by half-time when Ahmed Hegazi nodded home.

Reports of discrimination in English football have risen for the sixth year in a row, according to annual figures.

A report published by Kick It Out, an inclusion and equality organisation operating in the game, shows the number of incidents of discriminatory abuse have increased by 11 per cent since last year.

Racism constituted 53 per cent of the 520 cases in 2017-18, a rise of 22 per cent from 2016-17.

Disability discrimination reports showed the greatest increase, with a jump of 107 per cent compared to last year.

The statistics are compiled from all levels of football in England, including Premier League, Football League, Women's Super League and non-league games. The majority of cases were reported via social media.

Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley said of the figures: "It is hugely disappointing to have to reveal, yet again, increasing levels of all forms of discriminatory abuse at football.

"While the increased reports reflect a greater inclination among fans to complain about unacceptable abuse, these trends reflect, in part, what is happening in the rest of society. Hate crime reports have doubled over the last year to more than 94,000.

"Football cannot be complacent about the risk to the game this represents. Much good work has, and is, being done to prevent and counter unacceptable behaviour. But, the professional leagues and their clubs must do more in a coherent and consistent way - exemplifying all the best practices applied by some clubs - to drive hateful and abusive spectators out of the game. 

"Equally, the FA and its county associations, as well as local leagues, must step up their actions to ensure compliance and enforcement at grassroots level."

Leeds United took advantage of slip ups from Middlesbrough and leaders Norwich City to move within touching distance of the top of the Championship on Tuesday.

Stuart Dallas scored the only goal of the game as Marcelo Bielsa's men moved up into second with a win over Reading, who saw a late penalty saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell, while Boro and Norwich drew at Preston North End and Hull City respectively.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Brentford, and QPR rescued a late draw at Rotherham United.

Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday overcame struggling Bolton Wanderers 1-0.



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PEACOCK-FARRELL BOUNCES BACK

If not for a horror injury to Jamal Blackman, Peacock-Farrell's place in Leeds' first-team could have been under threat, with Bielsa having reportedly been close to dropping the goalkeeper.

However, the Northern Ireland youngster proved his worth late on to secure Leeds the points from an attritional contest at Elland Road.

Dallas' tap-in put the home side ahead on the hour, but Barry Douglas's foul on Josh Sims handed struggling Reading a lifeline.

But an equaliser was not forthcoming for Paul Clement's side, Marc McNulty seeing his low strike kept out by Peacock-Farrell as Leeds moved up into second.

BLADES BACK IN THE HUNT

After a run of just one win in five games, Sheffield United got themselves back on track by overcoming Brentford in a frantic 3-2 victory at Griffin Park.

Three goals in the space of nine first-half minutes set the tone for an enthralling encounter – Neal Maupay putting the Bees ahead and Ezri Konsa's own-goal restoring parity after John Lundstrum had hit the bar.

Oliver Norwood added a second for the visitors soon after and, although John Fleck's own-goal hauled Brentford level, Leon Clarke was on hand to win it 18 minutes from time.

United are now up to fourth, three points adrift of leaders Norwich.

CITY CLIP THE CANARIES' WINGS

Norwich's six-match winning run in the Championship came to an end on Tuesday, as were held to a goalless draw at lowly Hull.

Tom Trybull had Norwich's best chance, heading over from close range late on, with Hull now six points clear of bottom club Ipswich Town.

The draw did not see Norwich lose their place at the top, however, with Middlesbrough dropping out of the automatic promotion places after failing to better Preston, although Tony Pulis' side are now unbeaten in seven matches.

FREEMAN MAINTAINS MCCLAREN'S GOOD RUN

QPR twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at Rotherham United and keep themselves within touching distance of the play-off spots.

The visitors had two penalty shouts denied as they chased an equaliser, which eventually came when Luke Freeman's diving header found the net in stoppage time.

It was Joe Lumley who would be the hero for Steve McClaren's side – who have now lost just once in nine games – though, as he pulled off a fantastic save to deny Jamie Proctor a sensational winner.

Aston Villa came from behind to secure a pulsating 4-2 win over neighbours Birmingham City on Sunday and move up to eighth in the Championship.

After a bright start, Birmingham took the lead in the 28th minute when Lukas Jutkiewicz stole in at the back post to steer home Connor Mahoney's deep corner.

Their joy was short-lived, however, as Villa stormed back with two goals in the space of as many minutes soon afterwards.

Jonathan Kodjia pulled them level with a scuffed finish from 10 yards in the 37th minute before Jack Grealish headed home Albert Adomah's cross at the back post.

Tammy Abraham put Villa 3-1 up with a superb penalty after he had been brought down by Michael Morrison six minutes into the second half, but Kristian Pedersen pulled one back for Garry Monk's side with a cool volley after 57 minutes.

Any hopes of a grandstand finish were extinguished in the 76th minute when Alan Hutton added a fourth, the former Tottenham defender producing a surging run and fine finish to seal all three points for Dean Smith's side.

Middlesbrough battled to a 2-1 victory at Brentford to keep pace with their Championship promotion rivals on Saturday.

On a weekend where leaders Norwich City, Leeds United and West Brom also won, Boro held on for an important three points away to a Brentford team who have now lost five of their last six.

Sheffield United were the only team in the top seven positions not to triumph.

After a quiet opening period, two goals in the space of five second-half minutes then proved decisive for Boro. The first came 11 minutes after the interval when Jonny Howson tapped into the path of Jordan Hugill to convert from close range, following up on his double against Wigan Athletic last time out.

It was then two as Marcus Tavernier headed into the far corner from Dael Fry's right-wing cross for his first league goal in over a year.

Alan Judge scored his first Championship goal since February 2016 to give Brentford hope, firing in through a crowd of bodies from 18 yards after substitute Josh Dasilva fed him from a quickly taken corner.

That prompted a late Brentford flurry, Sergi Canos' effort saved by Darren Randolph, who then produced a magnificent stop to deny Dasilva's thunderous shot from 30 yards, while Lewis Wing was just off target with a glorious chance at the other end as a frantic finish ended with Boro – now unbeaten in six - holding on.

Tributes were paid to former Brentford technical director Robert Rowan, who died at the age of 28 last week.

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