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.

Norwich City maintained their position at the Championship summit with a crushing 4-1 win away at Swansea City, while Leeds United remain three points behind them after beating Bristol City 2-0 at Elland Road.

Daniel Farke's side were in imperious form at the Liberty Stadium, securing a sixth straight win thanks to an own goal from Mike van der Hoorn and strikes from Emiliano Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki.

Leeds made light work of 10-man Bristol City thanks to goals from Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez to remain on the Canaries' coattails, although they could be leapfrogged into second by Middlesbrough if they overcome Brentford in the late kick-off.

Derby County, meanwhile, kept up their promotion push with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-1 and Hull City fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest.

CANARIES SWAT ASIDE SWANS

Farke's side were ruthless against Swansea, racing into a 3-0 lead after just 37 minutes.

Van der Hoorn's own goal set them on their way before Buendia's cool finish and Stiepermann's tap-in put the game to bed before half-time.

Daniel James pulled one back for Graham Potter's side, but Pukki had the final say, adding a fourth on the hour mark.

LEEDS PUNISH CITY'S BROWNHILL

Leeds bounced back from their 4-1 defeat to West Brom before the international break with a routine win over Bristol City.

They did not have it all their own way, though, and only made the breakthrough after Josh Brownhill was dismissed 10 minutes into the second half for a second bookable offence.

The Yorkshire side took full advantage of Brownhill's recklessness, scoring through Roofe and Hernandez to keep up the pressure on Norwich.

MARRIOTT PROVES DECISIVE FOR DERBY

Jack Marriott scored his sixth goal in eight games as Frank Lampard's side came from behind to see off struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls – who have not won at home since August – went in front thanks to Adam Reach's goal, but Derby stormed back to erase the memory of their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

Harry Wilson pulled them level in the 29th minute before Marriott sealed all three points six minutes later.

In the day's other games, Rotherham United and Sheffield United drew 2-2 – as did Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers – Millwall and Bolton Wanderers played out a 1-1 result and Wigan Athletic were held to a goalless draw by Reading.

Leeds United lost ground at the top of the Championship as West Brom ran riot in the second half to earn a 4-1 win at The Hawthorns.

With Norwich City having beaten Millwall 4-3 earlier on Saturday to go three points clear at the top, Marcelo Bielsa's side required victory to move into pole position.

But it was West Brom who deservedly took the spoils from an action-packed encounter, Darren Moore's side – who had hit the woodwork through Jay Rodriguez in the first half – carving Leeds' defence open at will after the interval.

Hal Robson-Kanu got the rout started, slotting home at the culmination of a slick counter-attack after Leeds' Kemar Roofe had a penalty appeal turned down at the other end.

Harvey Barnes squandered a brilliant opportunity to double the hosts' lead shortly after, but the Baggies had their second when Bailey Peacock-Farrell failed to deal with Matt Phillips' speculative effort.

Barnes made up for his earlier miss in the 82nd minute, racing clear before lifting a delicate lob over Peacock-Farrell, who was beaten again a moment later when Dwight Gayle rounded off a brilliant West Brom performance with a clever back-heel, although Pablo Hernandez did head in a stoppage-time consolation.

The victory ends West Brom's four-match winless streak, lifting them up into fifth, while Leeds sit in third.

Norwich City produced a stunning late comeback to beat Millwall in a seven-goal thriller, while Jordan Hugill opened his Championship account for Middlesbrough in a comfortable win over Wigan Athletic.

It looked as though the Canaries were heading for a surprise home defeat having trailed 3-2, but injury-time goals from Teemu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes secured a breathless 4-3 win.

Daniel Farke's side consequently go top of the table, although Leeds United will reclaim top spot if they take a point against West Brom in Saturday's evening kick-off.

Boro also go, at least momentarily, into the top two, as they defeated Wigan 2-0, but Derby County suffered a heavy defeat at home to Aston Villa.

 

CANNY CANARIES SHOCK MILLWALL

Norwich, fresh from a 4-0 battering of Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, were leading with 11 minutes remaining at Carrow Road as goals from Pukki and Moritz Leitner cancelled Tom Elliott's opener.

But the visitors appeared to be on the way to the points when Ryan Leonard and Jed Wallace scored in quick succession to put Millwall in front.

However, with the clock edging into additional time, Rhodes slotted home and more late drama was to come when Pukki converted his second of the game.

Hugill's only goal for Boro this since joining on loan from West Ham had come in an EFL Cup tie against Rochdale in August, but he opened his account from the penalty spot after George Friend was felled and he then hammered home a second from Martin Braithwaite's cross.

Derby – who were unbeaten in six league games - could have also gone above Leeds, but John McGinn, Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane all registered in a 10-minute second-half spree to earn Villa a third straight win.

 

FOREST HELD, GOALS GALORE AT THE CITY GROUND

Nottingham Forest failed to leapfrog rivals Derby County after playing out a goalless draw at home to Stoke City.

Barrie McKay's stunner moved Swansea City up to seventh with a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, while fellow play-off challengers Blackburn Rovers needed a Bradley Dack equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United.

Che Adams' hat-trick was not enough to earn the win for Birmingham City, who had to recover from a brilliant Hull City fightback in a 3-3 draw.

Adams had helped Garry Monk's men to a 2-0 half-time lead, but Fraizer Campbell's double and Kamil Grosicki's strike put Hull in front before Adams had the last say six minutes from time.

There were plenty of goals at Loftus Road too, as QPR beat Brentford 3-2. The league's top scorer Neal Maupay put the visitors ahead before later being taken from the field on a stretcher with an apparent head injury.

But Massimo Luongo, Joel Lynch and Nahki Wells put QPR in control by the hour and Henrik Dalsgaard's goal proved a consolation.

Elsewhere, Preston were 1-0 winners at Bristol City and Reading played out a 2-2 draw with rock-bottom Ipswich Town.

Norwich City produced a stunning late comeback to beat Millwall in a seven-goal thriller, while Jordan Hugill opened his Championship account for Middlesbrough in a comfortable win over Wigan Athletic.

It looked as though the Canaries were heading for a surprise home defeat having trailed 3-2, but injury-time goals from Teemu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes secured a breathless 4-3 win.

Daniel Farke's side consequently go top of the table, although Leeds United will reclaim top spot if they take a point against West Brom in Saturday's evening kick-off.

Boro also go, at least momentarily, into the top two, as they defeated Wigan 2-0, but Derby County suffered a heavy defeat at home to Aston Villa.

 

CANNY CANARIES SHOCK MILLWALL

Norwich, fresh from a 4-0 battering of Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, were leading with 11 minutes remaining at Carrow Road as goals from Pukki and Moritz Leitner cancelled Tom Elliott's opener.

But the visitors appeared to be on the way to the points when Ryan Leonard and Jed Wallace scored in quick succession to put Millwall in front.

However, with the clock edging into additional time, Rhodes slotted home and more late drama was to come when Pukki converted his second of the game.

Hugill's only goal for Boro this since joining on loan from West Ham had come in an EFL Cup tie against Rochdale in August, but he opened his account from the penalty spot after George Friend was felled and he then hammered home a second from Martin Braithwaite's cross.

Derby – who were unbeaten in six league games - could have also gone above Leeds, but John McGinn, Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane all registered in a 10-minute second-half spree to earn Villa a third straight win.

 

FOREST HELD, GOALS GALORE AT THE CITY GROUND

Nottingham Forest failed to leapfrog rivals Derby County after playing out a goalless draw at home to Stoke City.

Barrie McKay's stunner moved Swansea City up to seventh with a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, while fellow play-off challengers Blackburn Rovers needed a Bradley Dack equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United.

Che Adams' hat-trick was not enough to earn the win for Birmingham City, who had to recover from a brilliant Hull City fightback in a 3-3 draw.

Adams had helped Garry Monk's men to a 2-0 half-time lead, but Fraizer Campbell's double and Kamil Grosicki's strike put Hull in front before Adams had the last say six minutes from time.

There were plenty of goals at Loftus Road too, as QPR beat Brentford 3-2. The league's top scorer Neal Maupay put the visitors ahead before later being taken from the field on a stretcher with an apparent head injury.

But Massimo Luongo, Joel Lynch and Nahki Wells put QPR in control by the hour and Henrik Dalsgaard's goal proved a consolation.

Elsewhere, Preston were 1-0 winners at Bristol City and Reading played out a 2-2 draw with rock-bottom Ipswich Town.

David McGoldrick missed a first-half penalty as Sheffield United were held to a 0-0 draw by city rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Friday – a result that keeps Leeds United on top of the Championship table.

United dominated the derby fixture at Bramall Lane but failed to turn their supremacy into a lead, despite having 19 attempts at goal and 74.6 per cent possession.

McGoldrick had a glorious opportunity to put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute when Morgan Fox clipped Mark Duffy inside the area, referee Andy Madley spotting the contact and pointing to the spot.

However, goalkeeper Cameron Dawson kept Wednesday on level terms with a fin save, diving low to his left to palm McGoldrick’s attempt from 12 yards around the post and out for a corner.

Chris Wilder's side pushed hard but Dawson made sure the visitors secured their first clean sheet of the season when palming away Oliver Norwood's free-kick in the closing seconds of the contest.

The result means United are sandwiched in between Leeds - who retain top spot on goal difference - and Norwich City on 30 points at the summit.

Wednesday, meanwhile, have ended a run of four straight defeats in the league, although they remain 17th.

The Football Association has warned Stoke City winger James McClean for his use of an offensive word on social media while condemning the abuse he received from fans on Saturday over his decision not to wear a

Leeds United are top of the Championship thanks to a 2-1 win at Wigan Athletic handed to them by an error from goalkeeper Christian Walton.

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