Norwich City reclaimed top spot in the Championship as they and Sheffield United romped to 4-0 victories on Saturday.

Teemu Pukki struck twice to help the Canaries move back ahead of Leeds United - who are not in action until next weekend - with a routine win away to Bolton Wanderers, while Gary Madine was at the double in the Blades' comfortable home triumph over Reading.

Fellow promotion hopefuls West Brom were also impressive in prevailing 2-0 at rivals Aston Villa, who are now winless in four matches.

Three draws elsewhere included a dramatic last-gasp derby equaliser for Sheffield Wednesday on the road against Rotherham United.

 

PUKKI POCKETS TWO MORE FOR CLINICAL CANARIES

Stunned 3-1 at Preston North End on Wednesday, Norwich bounced back by crushing relegation-threatened Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

Star striker Pukki bookended the scoring, tucking away the opener in the eighth minute and returning soon after half-time to complete his double. The Finn has now scored in six straight appearances and his league tally for the season of 23 is the most of any player in England's top four tiers.

Marco Stiepermann, who failed to convert a penalty at Deepdale on Wednesday, and Emiliano Buendia were on target in between to help the visitors move two points clear at the top despite Kenny McLean missing a penalty.

Bolton remain three points shy of safety and six ahead of bottom side Ipswich Town, who had Will Keane to thank for a 92nd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Portman Road.

 

FAST-STARTING BLADES HEADLINE SHEFFIELD SUCCESS

Kieron Freeman scored after 39 seconds to set the tone for Sheffield United's dominant display against a Reading side that arrived at Bramall Lane unbeaten in four.

On the back foot after conceding the division's fourth-fastest goal this term, Jose Gomes' men were blown away in the first half as striker Madine grabbed a brace to open up a three-goal advantage at the break.

John Fleck completed the rout four minutes after the interval with the Blades leapfrogging Yorkshire rivals Leeds into second on goal difference.

There was joy for Sheffield's other Championship side at New York Stadium thanks to Dominic Iorfa's goal in the 10th minute of added time in a 2-2 draw with Rotherham.

The match was paused in the second half after a clash of heads left Jordan Thorniley requiring attention, and Steve Bruce's side also lost Fernando Forestieri to a second yellow card as a result of his attempt to high-five a fan during the exuberant celebrations that followed Iorfa's equaliser.

 

STRUGGLING VILLA SUNK AT HOME BY BAGGIES

Two goals in four first-half minutes helped West Brom see off an out-of-sorts Villa and stay firmly in the frame for an automatic promotion spot.

Hal Robson-Kanu headed home Mason Holgate's cross in the 41st minute and the visitors' advantage was quickly doubled when Jay Rodriguez fired in off the post.

While the Baggies are within four points of second, 10th-place Villa continue to falter in their bid to claim a play-off place.

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship after a 2-1 victory over Swansea City, Marcelo Bielsa's side leapfrogging Norwich City – who lost at Preston North End.

Leeds had started Wednesday two points behind Norwich but goals from Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison were enough to move them back to the summit.

Oliver McBurnie did pull one back for Swansea with a late penalty but it was too little too late as Leeds sealed an 18th win of the campaign midweek.

Leeds have a one-point advantage over Norwich thanks to stunning display from Preston – managed by former Canaries boss Alex Neil – at Deepdale.

CANARIES KNOCKED OFF THEIR PERCH

Preston quickly opened up a 2-0 lead over Norwich as Ben Davies and Paul Gallagher beat Tim Krul. 

Marco Stiepermann missed a penalty before the break and when Sean Maguire scored Preston's third, Norwich were beaten.

Teemu Pukki grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but it was never going to be enough to stop them dropping down to second position following the 3-1 defeat.

Sheffield United are hot on their heels after a 1-0 win over 10-man Middlesbrough, Richard Stearman's first goal of the season enough to move the Blades within two points of the automatic promotion places.

 

LAMPARD LEFT FRUSTRATED

With Middlesbrough losing, Derby County had the chance to move into the top-six but they could only take a point at bottom club Ipswich Town after a 1-1 draw.

Tom Lawrence gave Derby an early lead at Portman Road but Jon Nolan rescued a point minutes after coming off the bench for Paul Lambert's strugglers.

"The team performance wasn't good enough," said a frustrated Frank Lampard. "If there was a natural complacency from going 1-0 up, then we got taught a lesson."

 

SMITH LOSES ON BRENTFORD RETURN

Dean Smith's first trip back to Brentford ended in a 1-0 defeat as his Aston Villa side conceded in the 91st minute at Griffin Park, Neal Maupay netting his 18th goal of the campaign.

"We are getting further away [from the promotion picture] at the moment because we're not picking up points," said a dejected Smith. "We have to take stock of it now and make sure we go and get a result against West Brom."

Elsewhere, Reading lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, while Stoke City are four games without a win after a goalless draw against Wigan Athletic.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) after being sent off during his side's derby defeat at Norwich City.

Former Norwich boss Lambert was led away by a police officer after he was dismissed following a scuffle on the touchline after a tackle by Jon Nolan on Max Aarons.

Both teams have also been charged with failing to control their players during Sunday's game, which ended in a 3-0 victory for Daniel Farke's promotion-chasing Canaries.

"Norwich City and Ipswich Town have been charged following their EFL Championship fixture on Sunday," read an FA statement.

"It is alleged that they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during both the 45th and 90th minutes, as well as their officials in the 45th minute.

"In addition, Paul Lambert has also been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 45th minute. Both clubs and Mr Lambert have until 18:00 on 15 February 2019 to respond to the charge."

Ipswich are bottom of the Championship table with 15 games to go, while league leaders Norwich are two points clear of Leeds United.

Liverpool versus Bayern Munich is arguably the tie of the round in the Champions League's last 16, but it is just one of three matches between Bundesliga and Premier League sides at this stage of the competition.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will go head-to-head with Tottenham, while Schalke's January signing Rabbi Matondo will have a chance to show his old club Manchester City what they are missing.

Games between German and English giants have often produced classic matches, with the 1999 and 2012 Champions League finals among them.

Here, Omnisport picks out six of the most memorable meetings between Bundesliga and Premier League sides in Europe's elite competitions.

 

Bayern Munich 1 Norwich City 2 - 19/10/1993

Jeremy Goss is perhaps an unexpected player with whom to start, but it was the Wales international who put Norwich on track for one of the most remarkable results in the club's history. Mike Walker's side took the lead in this UEFA Cup second round clash with a stunning Goss volley and the Canaries' advantage was doubled by another Welshman, Mark Bowen. Although Christian Nerlinger grabbed one back for Bayern, they could not find a way to beat Bryan Gunn again. Norwich subsequently held Bayern to a 1-1 draw at home in the second leg to seal one of the great European upsets, although they were knocked out by Inter - the eventual champions - in the third round.


Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1 - 26/05/1999

At Camp Nou in the 1999 Champions League final, United produced one of football's greatest ever comebacks. Mario Basler's early goal put Bayern on track to complete the treble, but it was not to be as Alex Ferguson's United instead achieved that feat. Bayern still led 1-0 when the game entered stoppage time, but three minutes later their dreams were shattered and their players were left in shock with many unable to rouse themselves off the pitch. First, Teddy Sheringham capitalised on the chaos caused by Peter Schmeichel going up for a corner to stab home the equaliser. And then, in the third minute of added time, another corner found Sheringham and he touched it on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finish.

Bayer Leverkusen 4 Liverpool 2 (4-3 agg) - 09/04/2002

Three years later at the quarter-final stage, Liverpool missed out on a last-four clash with rivals United after failing to capitalise on a 1-0 lead earned in the first leg of their tie against Bayer Leverkusen. Abel Xavier cancelled out Michael Ballack's opener, but the Germany midfielder struck again four minutes before Dimitar Berbatov put Leverkusen ahead in the tie. Reds substitute Jari Litmanen replied to put Liverpool on track to progress on away goals, but Lucio struck late to settle a pulsating tie at the BayArena.


Manchester United 3 Bayern Munich 2 (4-4 agg) - 07/04/2010

A sensational goal by Arjen Robben earned Bayern a measure of revenge for their final defeat 11 years earlier when they knocked United out on away goals in this semi-final. United were 3-0 up before half-time and seemingly cruising into what would have been a third consecutive appearance in the Champions League final. But Ivica Olic beat Edwin van der Sar to give the Bundesliga giants hope and when Rafael da Silva was sent off early in the second half his dismissal handed the initiative to Bayern, who were then coached by future United boss Louis van Gaal. Robben's wonderful volley saw Bayern progress, but they lost the final 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Inter.


Bayern Munich v Chelsea (1-1 aet, Chelsea won 4-3 on pens) - 19/05/2012

There was more Champions League heartbreak for Bayern in 2012 as Didier Drogba's spot-kick earned Chelsea their first title in the competition - at Munich's Allianz Arena, no less. As in 1999 Bayern had led, this time Thomas Muller giving them the advantage, but Drogba struck to send the match into extra time. During the additional 30 minutes Bayern winger Arjen Robben, formerly of the Blues, had a penalty saved by Petr Cech with the final going to spot kicks as a result. Although Manuel Neuer saved Chelsea's first effort from Juan Mata, Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger failed to convert their efforts and Drogba stepped up to make history for Chelsea. Bayern at least made amends by beating Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the following year's final.

Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 3 (5-4 agg) - 14/04/2016

Jurgen Klopp taking on his old club provided a stunning Europa League quarter-final three years ago, with Liverpool progressing to the last four thanks to Dejan Lovren's goal in front of the Kop in added time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the first 10 minutes for Dortmund and although Divock Origi hit back for the Reds, Marco Reus then restored his side's two-goal cushion. It would not be enough, though, as Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and then Lovren struck amid a frantic atmosphere to write a fresh chapter in Liverpool's book of famous European nights at Anfield.

Teemu Pukki scored a brace to take his Championship goal tally to 20 for the season as Norwich City returned to the top of the table following a heated 3-0 win over local rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road on Sunday.

The Finnish forward furthered his reputation as one of English football's signings of 2018-19 with a display of clinical finishing in the second half of a game in which Onel Hernandez gave Norwich an early lead.

Tempers flared throughout a fractious derby that saw Ipswich boss and former Canaries manager Paul Lambert sent to the stands, but the gulf in quality between the two sides was always evident.

While Ipswich remain rooted to the foot of the table, Norwich capitalised on draws for Leeds United and Sheffield United earlier in the weekend and moved two points clear at the summit and five ahead of the Blades in third.

Hernandez opened the scoring inside two minutes, connecting with Mario Vrancic's header across the face of goal and slotting the ball home while Ipswich's defenders floundered.

Lambert had to be restrained by a police officer when he was sent off along with Norwich head of performance Chris Domogalla after a tackle by Jon Nolan on Maximillian Aarons led to an altercation on the touchline moments before the interval.

The second half was 20 minutes old when a defensive error by Matthew Pennington allowed Emiliano Buendia to break through the middle and feed Pukki, who sent a low shot into the far corner of the net.

Pukki thought he had made it three when he headed home from Marco Stiepermann's flick at a corner, only to see the effort ruled out for offside.

But the third goal arrived when Buendia once again carved Ipswich open and played Pukki into the box, where he slid the ball under the body of Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Leeds United relinquished their grip on top spot in the Championship as Mario Vrancic scored a double to help Norwich City claim an impressive 3-1 win at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa's side relied on a late comeback against Rotherham United to secure the points in their last outing, but Leeds had no such luck against a rugged Norwich on Saturday, with Vrancic and Teemu Pukki doing the damage.

Vrancic got things started with a wicked free-kick five minutes in, and the midfielder played a crucial role in Norwich's second 30 minutes later.

With Leeds having squandered possession deep in their own half, Marco Stiepermann kept his cool to tee up Vrancic, whose deflected strike presented Pukki with a simple finish.

Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski had gone close to restoring parity shortly before Pukki's goal, and the latter would have set up a grandstand finish if not for a fine block by Maximillian Aarons.

And Norwich, now unbeaten in 13 consecutive away games, made their good fortune count – Vrancic on hand to double his tally and ensure that the Canaries leapfrogged their hosts into first place, with Patrick Bamford's stoppage-time header proving a mere consolation.

Martin O'Neill registered his first win as Nottingham Forest manager as Leeds United moved three points clear at the top of the Championship on Saturday.

Several second-tier sides were in FA Cup action, but there were still some big results in the league, with Leeds returning to winning ways while Forest and Blackburn Rovers kept up the presser on the top six.

Norwich City and Sheffield United battled to a draw, losing pace behind Leeds, while Aston Villa defeated strugglers Ipswich Town.

Stoke City had beaten Leeds last week, but their difficult season continued with a humbling home reverse at the hands of Preston North End.

LEEDS BATTLE BACK

Having lost last week, Leeds needed to show a response and their trip to Rotherham United did not start well, trailing to Semi Ajayi's opener for the hosts at the break.

But Mateusz Klich came up with a response following the restart, netting after 51 minutes to set up a tense finale. The same man then delivered to complete a turnaround, striking the winner four minutes from time.

Marcelo Bielsa's mood would have improved further upon seeing the result at Carrow Road, where Billy Sharp twice cancelled out Norwich goals as Sheffield United earned a 2-2 draw.

Leeds now hold a three-point advantage over second-placed Norwich, with the Blades a further three points back after leapfrogging West Brom.

O'NEILL UP AND RUNNING

Forest's first home match under former favourite O'Neill had underwhelmed, with Bristol City claiming a 1-0 win at the City Ground last time out.

But the Reds' fortunes improved on Saturday. Despite registering just three shots on target against Wigan Athletic, O'Neill's men ran out 3-1 winners. Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura were on target.

Although Forest climbed the table with victory, they remain below Blackburn after Tony Mowbray's side sealed an impressive 3-0 victory against Hull City.

Villa are also in the play-off picture following a 2-1 defeat of lowly Ipswich. Tammy Abraham continued his outstanding form with a brace.

STOKE STUTTER AGAIN

The Potters would have hoped that their fortunes had turned with the arrival of Nathan Jones and a win against Leeds last week, but a wretched campaign was punctuated with another dismal defeat on Saturday.

Preston clinched a 2-0 win at Stoke with goals through Alan Browne and Brad Potts.

A side plying their trade in the Premier League just 12 months ago remain 15th in the Championship, with just one win in eight across all competitions.

Norwich City moved back into the Championship's top two with a 3-1 victory over play-off hopefuls Birmingham City at Carrow Road on Friday.

Norwich City rescued a late 1-1 draw at Brentford to edge closer to Championship leaders Leeds United, who were beaten 4-2 by Nottingham Forest.

Sheffield United closed in on the top two thanks to their 3-0 win at Wigan Athletic, but no one else in the top six was able to win – Derby County were held at home 1-1 by fellow high-flyers Middlesbrough, while West Brom lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers.

Rock-bottom Ipswich Town continue to look doomed as they went down 3-2 at home to Millwall, while Rotherham United's 2-1 triumph over Preston North End saw them climb out of the bottom three at the expense of Bolton Wanderers, who were crushed 6-0 by Hull City.

Tammy Abraham continued his good form with another couple of goals in Aston Villa's entertaining 2-2 draw with QPR, Sheffield Wednesday were held by Birmingham City and Bristol City left Stoke City with a 2-0 win.

 

LEEDS SCALP EASES PRESSURE ON KARANKA

Leeds suffered a second successive Championship defeat, as Nottingham Forest came out on top in a thriller at the City Ground.

It was by no means the ideal start for Leeds, as Jack Colback rounded goalkeeper Baily Peacock-Farrell to give the hosts an early lead.

Things got worse for the visitors just before the break when they lost Kalvin Phillips to a red card for a woeful tackle on Adlene Guedioura, but Jack Clarke had a swift impact when introduced at the interval with a clinical finish to equalise, and Ezgjan Alioski smashed in from close range in the 64th minute to put Leeds in front.

Yet the 10 men were unable to maintain their intensity and Forest rallied as Colback levelled, before Daryl Murphy and Ben Osborn netted in the final 18 minutes to ease the pressure on Forest boss Aitor Karanka.

 

NORWICH UNABLE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF LEEDS SLIP-UP

Timm Klose was Norwich's late hero as the Swiss defender scored a late equaliser to move the Canaries a point closer to Leeds.

Julian Jeanvier put Brentford ahead in the 22nd minute, beating Tim Krul from a corner.

It looked like Norwich were heading for defeat, though the leveller did arrive eventually seven minutes from time, as Klose nodded Mario Vrancic's corner home to move Daniel Farke's men two points behind Leeds.

 

SWANS IN FULL FLIGHT

Swansea endured a pretty poor time over the Christmas period with two defeats and a draw, but a visit to struggling Reading proved the perfect tonic.

They were ahead after just two minutes as Oliver McBurnie headed in Kyle Naughton's cross.

Connor Roberts doubled their lead with half an hour played, stabbing in from close range following Leroy Fer's teasing delivery, and Mike van der Hoorn nodded in their third on the stroke of half-time.

A foul on Wayne Routledge allowed McBurnie to get his second – and 10th of the season – from the penalty spot early in the second half, before Callum Harriott got a late consolation for the hosts.

 

HULL HIT BOLTON FOR SIX

It was a day to forget for Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson on his return to Hull, whom he managed in 2006.

Kamil Grosicki ensured it was 1-0 at the break and Hull blew their visitors away in the second half, scoring five more without reply.

Evandro made it 2-0, before Grosicki got his second of the day – the two goals separated by just 81 seconds.

Chris Martin, Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko rubbed salt in Bolton's wounds, giving Hull a fifth successive win as they started 2019 with a bang.

Title challengers Leeds United and Norwich City lost at home as the last day of Championship action in 2018 left the top six tantalisingly tight.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds team went into their clash with Hull City on the back of seven consecutive wins but goals either side of half-time from Jarrod Bowen earned the Tigers a deserved victory at Elland Road.

Norwich might have hoped for a quieter afternoon following their dramatic 3-3 draw with Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, but they were involved in another feast of goals as Jack Marriott's stoppage-time strike gave Derby County a 4-3 win at Carrow Road.

Elsewhere there were victories for Middlesbrough, who beat Ipswich Town 2-0, and Sheffield United, who cruised to a 3-0 triumph over Blackburn Rovers.

The pressure on Forest manager Aitor Karanka ramped up after his side slipped to 1-0 defeat at Millwall, while Bristol City moved towards the top six by overcoming Rotherham United 1-0.

 

MARRIOTT CHIP SETTLES CARROW ROAD CLASSIC

Having come back from three goals down to snatch a draw against Forest, Daniel Farke's Norwich raced into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 31 minutes against Derby courtesy of strikes by Ben Godfrey and Teemu Pukki.

But Derby drew level before the interval through goals from Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, teeing up a thrilling second half between two of the Championship's best attacking sides.

Pukki pounced on a scuffed Onel Hernandez shot to restore Norwich's lead before a floodlight failure delayed the match by 20 minutes.

When the lights came back on, Derby's Florian Jozefzoon scored from close range to restore parity and Marriott chipped City goalkeeper Tim Krul at the death to seal a first win in four for Frank Lampard's men.

BOWEN BAGS BRACE AGAINST SLOPPY WHITES

Leeds' recent habit of coming from behind to win ended abruptly as they failed to bounce back from two Bowen goals and suffered their first Championship defeat since November.

Nigel Adkins' side poured forward from the outset and the hosts' defence, still missing captain Liam Cooper, was lost at sea as Bowen swept home Hull's first after 25 minutes.

The Tigers sat back and absorbed waves of pressure before a fast break in the second half saw Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell parry the ball straight to the feet of Bowen, who smashed home.

Leeds rallied late on - substitute Tyler Roberts giving them a lift - but when the full-time whistle blew they looked very much like a side that had run out of steam following an impressive run of form.

LIONS CRANK UP THE HEAT ON KARANKA

Ryan Tunnicliffe's second goal of the season clinched back-to-back victories for Millwall, who beat Forest 1-0 at The Den and left their visitors winless in five matches.

Forest are 10th in the Championship but the impressive form that saw them lose only twice in the league before December has given way to a torrid sequence.

Tunnicliffe scored with an overhead kick after nine minutes, before Millwall keeper Jordan Archer made a good save from Joe Lolley to secure three valuable points for the Lions in their bid to move away from the relegation zone.

Leeds United won an enthralling encounter over Blackburn Rovers to extend their Championship lead over Norwich City, who in turn produced late heroics to salvage a draw against Nottingham Forest.

The top two both struck twice in stoppage time, Leeds coming from behind to beat Blackburn 3-2 at Elland Road, while Norwich somehow recovered to draw 3-3 with Nottingham Forest, having been three goals down with 14 minutes left.

Jay Rodriguez scored twice as third-placed West Brom recorded a rather calmer 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic to close within three points of Norwich, while Sheffield United defeated promotion rivals Derby County 3-1 on a Boxing Day card where all 24 teams were in action.

Middlesbrough lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday to lose ground in the play-off places, while bottom club Ipswich Town lost 3-0 at QPR, a result that leaves them further detached after Bolton Wanderers earned a 2-1 win at home to Rotherham United.

Aston Villa won 1-0 at Swansea City, while there were wins for Birmingham City, Millwall and Hull City over Stoke City, Reading and Preston respectively. Bristol City and Brentford drew 1-1.



ASTONISHING DRAMA BENEFITS TOP TWO

Leeds and Norwich both looked to be moving closer to the sides below them as their matches neared a conclusion on Wednesday, only for astonishing finishes in each game to flip the script.

After Derrick Williams' own goal, two Charlie Mulgrew strikes – the second which came in the 90th minute – had visitors Blackburn on course for victory. However, Kemar Roofe netted twice in stoppage time, the winner coming in the fourth added minute, to delight Marcelo Bielsa and the home support.

Leeds have now won seven straight league games for the first time since September 2009.

Norwich's recovery was even more astounding, as they trailed by three after Matty Cash's double and a Jack Robinson effort for Forest.

Mario Vrancic's 77th-minute strike looked like a consolation, but Onel Hernandez got another one back in the fourth added minute, before scoring a scarcely believable equaliser in the 98th minute.


CHANGES TO THE PLAY-OFF PICTURE

West Brom's win was routine, while Middlesbrough and Derby County both dropped a place below them.

Adam Reach scored a 20th-minute winner for Wednesday against his former club at the Riverside, ensuring Tony Pulis' men have lost three of their last five games in the Championship.

Sheffield United took advantage with a 3-1 win over Derby that moves them into fourth. Harry Wilson equalised Billy Sharp's first-half effort, but David McGoldrick and Leon Clarke both scored to seal victory for the hosts.

Birmingham - whose 2-0 win over Stoke came courtesy of goals late in each half from Jacques Maghoma and Omar Bogle - now sit two points adrift of Derby, as do QPR.

Villa's win over Swansea came about after Conor Hourihane's strike was followed up by Wilfried Bony having a last-minute penalty saved for the hosts.


BLEAK AT THE BOTTOM FOR IPSWICH

QPR's win over Ipswich saw Pawel Wszolek, Joel Lynch and Nahki Wells score the goals. Paul Lambert's men are now seven points adrift of safety and four behind Reading in 23rd place.

Reading, in their first game under new boss Jose Gomes, dropped into that place after Jed Wallace's early goal was enough for them to lose 1-0 at Millwall, who move out of the bottom three as a result, while the visitors finished with nine men after an early red card for Tyler Blackett and Leandro Bacuna's late dismissal. 

That came at the same time as Bolton earned their first league win since September, triumphing for the first time in 14 games thanks to Gary O'Neil's winner 25 minutes from time against Rotherham.

Teemu Pukki's 86th-minute winner against Blackburn Rovers sent Norwich City back to the top of the Championship on Saturday, while QPR triumphed 1-0 at Nottingham Forest to end the longest away hoodoo in English football.

Norwich looked set to endure frustration at Ewood Park, but Pukki's late strike - one of countless late goals for the Canaries this term - earned a 1-0 win and ensured they moved two points ahead of Leeds United, who host Aston Villa on Sunday.

West Brom kept up the pressure on the top two with a resounding 4-0 win at Rotherham United as Dwight Gayle scored a hat-trick, yet fellow promotion chasers Derby County and Sheffield United were each held to draws - enabling Middlesbrough to move fourth with a 1-0 win at Reading - who appointed Jose Gomes as Paul Clement's replacement after the final whistle.

QPR's victory at the City Ground, secured by Toni Leistner's 45th-minute goal, represented a landmark success. Rangers had never previously won in 34 visits to Forest - the longest run without ever winning away at an opponent in all English competitions.

A day after parting company with Jos Luhukay, Sheffield Wednesday won 1-0 at home to Preston North End, who had Ben Pearson sent off after just 26 minutes.

 

MORE PERFECT PUKKI TIMING

In recent weeks, Pukki has scored a dramatic injury-time clincher against Millwall, a game-sealing third goal versus Rotherham with six minutes remaining and another last-gasp winner to sink Bolton Wanderers.

The Finland international once again came up with the goods late on at Blackburn, tapping home an Onel Hernandez cross to secure a precious three points.

RAMPANT BAGGIES BRING UP HALF-CENTURY

Third-placed West Brom are comfortably the highest scorers in the division and took their tally to 50 at New York Stadium.

Gayle was the star of the show, grabbing a treble inside 54 minutes to take his tally for the season to 13, while Harvey Barnes was also on target.

A miserable afternoon for Rotherham, who remain three points above the relegation zone, was summed up by Ryan Manning hitting the post with a 76th-minute penalty.

Out-of-form Wigan Athletic also suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday, going down 3-0 at home to Birmingham City, who sit eighth.

 

IPSWICH EDGE CLOSER

The only team in the bottom five to pick up a point was Ipswich - the Championship's bottom side following up last week's win over Wigan with an impressive 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

Paul Lambert's men are now just four points from safety, with fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers and Millwall suffering respective defeats to Brentford and Stoke City.

Norwich City were unable to retain their place at the Championship summit, as they drew 2-2 away to Bristol City to end the weekend behind Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa's men put the pressure back on the Canaries earlier on Saturday with a win at Bolton Wanderers and Norwich were unable to respond in kind, only salvaging a point thanks to Max Aarons' late equaliser.

Norwich took the lead in style in the 39th minute, as Marco Stiepermann collected Teemu Pukki's lay-off and curled a delightful effort into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.

Bristol hit back on the stroke of half-time, however, Famara Diedhiou netting from the centre of the area, making the most of suspect goalkeeping from Tim Krul.

The hosts completed the turnaround just after the break, Callum O'Dowda emphatically blasting in off the crossbar from a tight angle on the counter.

Both sides had the capacity to threaten, as Diedhiou tested Krul from distance, while Mario Vrancic went agonisingly close to connecting with a teasing Alex Tettey cross.

It was the Canaries who eventually netted again, though - Aarons nodding in at the back post following a brilliant Onel Hernandez cross.

Yet the draw was not enough to keep Norwich top and Leeds now sit a point clear at the summit.

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.

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