Charlie Austin scored a controversial late penalty to earn West Brom a 1-0 win at Preston North End that sends them back to the top of the Championship.

The second-half substitute converted from 12 yards in the final minute of the match after Declan Rudd was adjudged to have brought down another sub in Kyle Edwards.

Monday's match at Deepdale had otherwise been devoid of major talking points, with Kyle Bartley missing the best of the visitors' first-half openings and Daniel Johnson testing Sam Johnstone just after the hour mark for Preston.

Bilic's attacking changes paid off, however, as West Brom made if five league wins in a row to leapfrog Leeds United at the summit, while Preston remain in the final play-off spot despite a third successive loss.

Leeds United moved top of the Championship with an emphatic 4-0 home win over struggling Middlesbrough, while Brentford stormed to a 7-0 victory over Luton Town on Saturday.

With West Brom not in action until Monday, Leeds took full advantage of the chance to reach the summit with a fifth consecutive victory.

West Brom will have the chance to go back above Marcelo Bielsa's men when they travel to face Preston North End.

Josh Dasilva scored a hat-trick for Brentford as Luton endured a chastening afternoon, and Bristol City were also big winners, thumping Huddersfield Town 5-2.

Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday were the other triumphant teams, with Derby County drawing against QPR as Birmingham City and Millwall also shared the points.
 

KLICH KEY IN LEEDS ROMP

Leeds, unbeaten in eight matches, continued their fine form by cruising past struggling Boro courtesy of Mateusz Klich's double.

The outcome was rarely in doubt from the moment Patrick Bamford headed in Pablo Hernandez's cross from close range in the third minute.

Klich struck in first-half stoppage time and later added a superb clincher after Helder Costa had scored his first Championship goal for Leeds in the 67th minute.

Leeds are a point clear of West Brom and five ahead of third-placed Fulham.
 

BUOYANT BRENTFORD AND BRISTOL CITY 

Brentford had scored five by half-time against Luton and eventually settled for seven at Griffin Park. 

Former Arsenal youngster Dasilva's treble included a late penalty, while Said Benrahma also scored from the spot.

Dasilva also assisted a strike for Ollie Watkins, who created two goals himself, with Bryan Mbeumo and Mathias Jensen the other Brentford players to find the target.

Bristol City scored all five of their goals by the 49th minute as they demolished Huddersfield at Ashton Gate.

Andreas Weimann ended with a goal and an assist as Lee Johnson's men moved up to fifth in the table, with Brentford two points and two places behind.

Elsewhere, Cardiff won 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's goal meaning the hosts missed a chance to go third.
 

BOOST FOR BARNSLEY AT THE BOTTOM

After 18 matches without a win, bottom-of-the-table Barnsley recorded a surprise 3-1 home victory over Hull City.

That moved them two points behind Stoke City, who lost 2-1 at home to Blackburn, with Wigan Athletic also in the bottom three after being stunned by Reading's George Puscas.

Joe Garner's close-range strike had Wigan on course for victory and they led with 12 minutes to go, only for Puscas to score a hat-trick in the space of five minutes as Reading won 3-1.

Eberechi Eze gave QPR a 1-1 draw at Derby, who had new player-coach Wayne Rooney watching from the dugout, while on-loan Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter's late header saw Birmingham avoid defeat at home to Millwall in a match that finished with the same scoreline.

In the early game, two goals from Steven Fletcher helped Wednesday win 3-1 away to Charlton Athletic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic's first-half brace saw Fulham keep the pressure on the top two in the Championship with a 2-1 win at Swansea City.

The Serbia striker nodded in a 22nd-minute opener after Aboubakar Kamara hit the crossbar, and he moved on to 15 league goals for the season by lifting into the top corner from 12 yards following an error by Kristoffer Peterson two minutes before half-time.

George Byers was one of Swansea's most effective performers in their search for a response and got the goal his efforts deserved by heading past Cottagers goalkeeper Marek Rodak midway through the second half.

Fulham held out, though, to move two points behind second-placed Leeds United, while Swansea are vulnerable in the final play-off position heading into the weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk avoided defeat on his first meeting with Birmingham City since being sacked in June as his side snatched a late 1-1 draw in the Championship clash.

Monk hit out at Pep Clotet on the eve of the match, accusing his former assistant of being "disloyal" for succeeding him as Birmingham's interim head coach in June.

The game finished all square after Kadeem Harris cancelled out Alvaro Gimenez's goal nine minutes from time at Hillsborough.

Elsewhere, West Brom regained top spot with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Bristol City.

Slaven Bilic's men cruised to all three points at The Hawthorns to leapfrog Leeds United, who had climbed to the summit with a late win at Reading 24 hours beforehand.

Preston North End lost ground on the automatic promotion places with a heavy 4-0 loss at Hull City, while Nottingham Forest put four unanswered goals of their own past QPR.

 

HONOURS EVEN AT HILLSBOROUGH

Wednesday's winless run now spans five matches under Monk, who was clearly keen to get one over on his former employers.

Gimenez found a way through early in the second half to give the visitors a lead somewhat against the run of play in Yorkshire.

However, Harris took advantage of some hesitant defending to snatch a point for Wednesday, who remain two points better off than their opponents.

WEST BROM KEEP UP THE TITLE PACE

Leeds put the pressure on West Brom with their win at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday and Bilic's men responded in style.

First-half goals from Kieran Gibbs and Matheus Pereira put the second-tier leaders on their way to an eighth match without defeat, the last four of those ending in victory.

Famara Diedhiou pulled one back for promotion-chasing Bristol City 10 minutes from time, but Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin made it a straightforward win for West Brom.

 

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— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) November 27, 2019 PRESTON SLIP UP, FOREST CLIMB

Preston, beaten 1-0 by Derby County at the weekend, fell to back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season with a thrashing at the hands of Hull.

Jarrod Bowen made it nine goals in seven games with strikes in both halves, either side of a Josh Magennis penalty and Kamil Grosicki's strike from a tight angle.

Alex Neil's side are now fifth in the table and a point behind Forest, who punished 10-man QPR at Loftus Road.

Already 1-0 up through Tobias Figueiredo's header when Lee Wallace was shown a red card, Forest put their opponents to the sword with late goals from Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho and Alfa Semedo.

 

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— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) November 27, 2019 VITAL WIN FOR WOODGATE'S BORO

Middlesbrough eased some of the growing pressure on boss Jonathan Woodgate with a 1-0 win at home to Barnsley, Ashley Fletcher earning his side a first victory in 11 matches.

Boro were in the relegation zone heading into the match at Riverside Stadium, but they held their nerve to edge past bottom-side Barnsley through Fletcher's 54th-minute strike.

Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovers climbed four places up the table with a Bradley Dack-inspired triumph against Brentford.

The in-form midfielder converted Stewart Downing's cross with 11 minutes played to make it three goals in two matches.

Jack Harrison struck late on against Reading as Leeds United moved top of the Championship with a 1-0 victory at the Madejski Stadium.

Marcelo Bielsa's side seemed to be heading for a frustrating draw on Tuesday, which would have seen them sit two points behind West Brom, who play Bristol City on Wednesday.

However, Harrison popped up with the winner three minutes from time to send the Whites top of the pile.

Below the top two sit Fulham, who made it three wins from three with a comfortable 3-0 win over sorry Derby County.

At the other end of the table, Luton Town moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 comeback triumph against Charlton Athletic, while Michael O'Neill suffered his first defeat as Stoke City manager away at Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town drew with Swansea City.

LEEDS LEAVE IT LATE AGAIN

A bit like Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, Leeds seem to be making a habit of scoring late goals.

After an own goal in the 90th minute handed Bielsa's side the points against Luton on Saturday, Harrison headed in from Helder Costa's cross to secure a vital win at Reading.

Mark Bowen has rejuvenated Reading since taking charge, and the Royals could easily have taken the lead through Michael Morrison earlier in the second half.

Stuart Dallas came the closest to making the breakthrough to Leeds before Harrison's header, striking the crossbar in the 63rd minute, but Bielsa's men ultimately got the job done.

O'NEILL'S HONEYMOON PERIOD OVER

Two wins from O'Neill's first two matches in charge had lifted Stoke off the foot of the table, but Leandro Bacuna's early goal did the damage for Cardiff in south Wales.

O'Neill's side had over 65 per cent of the possession, yet failed to create many meaningful openings, and it was Cardiff who came closest to getting the game's second goal in the second half.

The Bluebirds are now in 10th, four points off the play-off places, while Stoke sit 23rd, five points above lowly Barnsley, who would close the gap with a win over Middlesbrough.

IN-FORM FULHAM FLYING HIGH

Alexander Mitrovic – the Championship's leading scorer – netted his 13th goal of the season to help Fulham to a routine 3-0 win over Derby at Craven Cottage.

Heading into Tuesday's encounter having lost their last three away matches by an aggregate score of 6-0, Phillip Cocu's side were no match for the Cottagers throughout.

Bobby Reid got things up and running in the seventh minute, with Mitrovic heading home shortly before half-time before turning provider for Tom Cairney to round off a win that takes Fulham, temporarily at least, up into third place.

Birmingham City have taken the unusual step of publicly criticising former manager Garry Monk after his blast of the Blues' caretaker boss Pep Clotet.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Monk was surprisingly sacked by Birmingham in June despite helping the club avoid relegation from the Championship despite being hit with a nine-point deduction for breaching the EFL's profitability and sustainability regulations.

Clotet, who also worked with Monk at Swansea City and Leeds United, stepped into the main role at St Andrew's.

Monk, whose Owls side host Birmingham at Hillsborough on Wednesday, described working with Clotet as an "error in judgement" when previewing the game.

"You live and learn. Unfortunately, I didn't listen to a lot of people in football circles who warned me about him," Monk told a news conference.

"That's an error of judgement from myself. I don't speak with him.

"What's most important to me when I'm assembling a staff is to give them an opportunity and show them complete trust, and that they repay that trust.

"Sadly, not everyone has that character. Some choose to pursue their own opportunities in the worst possible way.

"I don't want to waste energy talking about it."

Birmingham uploaded a clip of Monk's comments to Twitter and wrote: "We tried to find comments from our 'Interim Caretaker Head Coach' speaking without class about tomorrow's game. We couldn't.

"In the meantime, it's always nice to hear something from the opposition manager.

"Garry, you want to come?!"

The 'you want to come' comment is a reference to a reply given by Birmingham director Edward Cheng to a message from a Blues fan posted on Twitter in September.

Clotet kept his counsel when asked about Monk before Wednesday's encounter, saying: "Being very simple about the situation, it is a football game away from home against Sheffield Wednesday and the focus is on competing for the three points."

Wednesday are ninth in the Championship, just two points above Birmingham.

Hull City came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at struggling 10-man Middlesbrough in Sunday's early Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium.

Jonathan Woodgate's side were two goals ahead and in comfortable control after goals from Marcus Tavernier and Ashley Fletcher, but a red card for Marvin Johnson swung the match in Hull's favour.

Jarrod Bowen struck twice after the break to secure a point for the visitors, who are up to 14th in the table.

Tavernier struck with just seven minutes played before Fletcher finished a fine move involving strike-partner Britt Assombalonga, only for Johnson's reckless lunge on Eric Lichaj to leave Boro a man down before the interval.

Hull were much-improved in the second half and earned a point with two Bowen goals in the space of four minutes, and they could have snatched a win had they been more clinical in the closing stages.

Boro are now without a win in 10 Championship matches, but they do at least climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

West Brom and Leeds United benefited from late winners as they took full advantage of a defeat for Preston North End in the Championship.

Leaders West Brom defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at home on Saturday, while Marcelo Bielsa's men won by the same scoreline away to Luton Town.

Preston fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Derby County, meaning Leeds moved above them into second place, two points behind the Baggies, who have only suffered one defeat in 17 league games.

Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Stoke City and Millwall were the other winners in Saturday's action.

BAGGIES AND LEEDS LAND LATE BLOWS

West Brom and Leeds looked like they were heading for draws that would have stalled their promotion bids before late interventions.

Charlie Austin netted a penalty with two minutes remaining for the Baggies after goalkeeper Keiren Westwood brought down Matheus Pereira in the box.

Steven Fletcher had previously scored from the spot at the other end to level the match after Hal Robson-Kanu's first-half opener, but Wednesday were left frustrated and saw Liam Palmer sent off in stoppage time.

Leeds' winner came even later, Matty Pearson's last-minute own goal gifting them victory as Luton suffered a fifth consecutive defeat. Patrick Bamford and James Collins had exchanged strikes earlier in the second half.

PRESTON & SWANS SLIP UP

Preston fell to Derby, who have now won five consecutive home games. 

Derby substitute Martyn Waghorn, only just on for the injured Mason Bennett, scored a close-range effort after 33 minutes which proved decisive.

Swansea also lost 1-0, their first defeat in four coming courtesy of an excellent free-kick from Millwall's Jed Wallace with 25 minutes left at the Liberty Stadium.

DIOUF CAPS STOKE COMEBACK AS DACK DENIES STRUBER

Only goal difference separates Stoke from fourth-bottom Luton after Mame Biram Diouf's strike in the third minute of added time earned a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Michael O'Neill's first home game in charge had appeared to be heading for a draw when Danny Batth levelled the contest following Sam Morsy's opener, but Diouf ensured the new Stoke boss secured a second victory from as many matches.

Bradley Dack scored twice, including the winner with four minutes left, as Blackburn earned a thrilling 3-2 triumph over bottom-of-the-table Barnsley, who were being managed by Gerhard Struber for the first time.

Elsewhere, Cardiff City came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic in Neil Harris' opening game in charge, while Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, who had Ryan Yates sent off, played out a goalless draw.

A late Marc Roberts equaliser, the defender's first goal since April 2018, gave Birmingham City a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town, while Brentford are two points off the play-off places after Ollie Watkins' 11th league goal of the season earned a 1-0 home win over Reading.

Aboubakar Kamara scored both goals as Fulham won 2-1 at home to west London rivals Queens Park Rangers to move up to fourth in the Championship table.

Scott Parker's side had to come from behind at Craven Cottage after Jordan Hugill scored from close range in just the third minute of Friday's derby clash.

Tim Ream almost scored an own goal to make it 2-0 to QPR, his attempted clearance coming back off the post, before Kamara headed in Denis Odoi's cross to equalise.

Kamara proved a more-than-capable deputy for Fulham's absent striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the league's top scorer, by netting the winner in the 64th minute.

Mauricio Pochettino will get the chance to take charge of one of the best teams in the world due to his efforts at Tottenham, Marcelo Bielsa says.

Spurs sacked Pochettino this week after just five wins in 17 matches in all competitions this season and replaced him with former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The 47-year-old's departure came less than six months after he led Spurs to their first Champions League final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.

Bielsa, who coached Pochettino as a young player at Newell's Old Boys and has been credited with influencing his post-playing career, says reaching that final showed just how well the Spurs side had been constructed even in a season in which no players were signed.

Bielsa now expects Pochettino to be given a chance by one of the world's top clubs.

"I'm going to talk, not about the relationship I have with Pochettino, but for what I have observed in English football," the Leeds United boss said on Thursday.

"The work Pochettino has done is brilliant. In the last year, he put Tottenham in a high level in the world. For any coach, it's a very important achievement. For Pochettino, I think it's even more important because the team that played in the Champions League last year was a team he built very carefully.

"The performance of this team was more linked by collective play rather than top players being bought for them. They didn't buy big players to achieve this. This reality makes Pochettino's work even more important.

"People who work professionally like that earn absolutely deserved credit. Maybe he couldn't enjoy this credit at Tottenham. But he will take this credit and big teams in the world will look to capitalise on it.

"For sure, he is a manager who will lead one of the best teams in the world. He made Tottenham one of the most important teams in the world.

"I have a lot of affection and respect for Mauricio. When something that is not good happens to him, I can't ignore it. If we look at the close effect of the situation, we can be sad. I feel sad.

"But in 15 days, he'll be at the top again, because when you see things from a distance, without looking at recent facts, then you can realise what you've really achieved.

"Now, he leaves a team that is attractive to Mourinho – that has a lot of value. The next team who take him will express again the respect Pochettino has created."

Pablo Hernandez has signed a two-year contract extension with Championship promotion challengers Leeds United.

The winger is now tied to the Leeds until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Hernandez initially arrived at Elland Road on loan from Al-Arabi in August 2016 before signing permanently the following January.

Named Leeds' Player of the Year in each of his two full seasons as a permanent member of the squad, Hernandez scored 12 goals and laid on the same number of assists last term.

His outstanding campaign was not enough to prevent Leeds from suffering agony in the play-offs, though, as they missed out on promotion.

Hernandez has scored two league goals and assisted as many this term, with Leeds again challenging for a return to the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa's men are third in the Championship, two points behind leaders West Brom.

Cardiff City have appointed former Millwall boss Neil Harris as the club's new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract following the departure of Neil Warnock.

Harris takes over with the Bluebirds 14th in the Championship after winning just one of their past six matches – a run that culminated in Warnock leaving the club by mutual consent.

During a four-year spell in charge of Millwall, Harris helped the club to promotion from League One via the play-offs in 2016-17, but he resigned on October 3 following a run of seven winless matches.

Cardiff said in a statement on Saturday: "Cardiff City FC can confirm the appointment of Neil Harris as the club's first-team manager.

"The 42-year-old has signed a deal at Cardiff City Stadium running until the summer of 2022.

"David Livermore joins Neil in the dugout as assistant manager, while James Rowberry and Andy Dibble continue in the back-room team as first-team coach and goalkeeping coach, respectively.

"Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson depart the Welsh capital with the club's sincere thanks and best wishes.

"Neil will oversee training at the Vale Resort on Monday ahead of his first City match away to Charlton Athletic on Saturday, November 23."

Sheffield Wednesday have been charged by the EFL following alleged breaches of financial rules relating to the sale of their Hillsborough stadium.

The Championship club say they are "vigorously defending" the charges, which under EFL regulations could result in penalties including a points deduction or a fine if proven.

The EFL launched an investigation into Wednesday's 2017-18 financial submission under profitability and sustainability rules following the reported sale of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri.

Wednesday's accounts showed income of £61.27million "from related parties", which resulted in the club posting a profit.

The league body said in a statement on Thursday: "The EFL has reviewed a large number of documents obtained from the club as part of this process and concluded there is sufficient evidence to justify issuing charges of misconduct.

"The charges are in respect of a number of allegations regarding the process of how and when the stadium was sold and the inclusion of the profits in the 2017/18 accounts."

Wednesday responded by saying: "Sheffield Wednesday note the statement issued today by the EFL and the charges contained within. These charges will be vigorously defended and the club will be making no further comment at this time."

Neil Warnock has left Cardiff City by mutual consent, the Championship club have confirmed.

The veteran manager previously said he would not continue beyond the end of his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season.

However, Warnock is to leave his post with immediate effect with the Bluebirds – relegated from the Premier League last term – languishing 14th in the second tier.

"Today I am leaving my beloved Bluebirds after over three years of which have been some of the best days in my long football career," Warnock said via a Cardiff statement. 

"I would like to thank Vincent Tan and Ken Choo for their support; Victoria my secretary who has had to look after me over the years; Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson, my ever-faithful sidekicks and friends; and all the backroom staff on both the coaching and the medical sides who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve the success we have had. 

"A special mention also to all of my players, past and present, who have given me everything. Thank you, you're a great bunch."

Warnock was appointed by Cardiff in October 2016 and led the team in promotion to the Premier League in the 2017-18 campaign.

Bristol City moved back into the Championship's play-off places thanks to a 1-0 Severnside derby win at Cardiff City on Sunday, with Josh Brownhill getting the winner to extend his side's unbeaten run to four.

It was by no means a stroll for the Robins, who were twice bailed out by the crossbar in a full-blooded encounter in Wales.

Junior Hoilett saw a swerving 25-yard drive come back off the woodwork late in the first half, before Leandro Bacuna was denied in similar circumstances just prior to the hour mark.

Bristol capitalised nine minutes later – Brownhill's own long-range effort dipping just under the bar to leave Neil Etheridge helpless - and that proved decisive despite Cardiff's late pressure.

Lee Johnson's men end the weekend in sixth, while Cardiff are seven points back in 14th. 

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