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.

 

. @WBA respond and head back to the top of the table.

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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.

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.

Leeds United went top of the Championship thanks to a late 2-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, while Garry Monk got off to a victorious start in charge of Sheffield Wednesday.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds went into Sunday's game having lost to Swansea City in their last league outing before the international break and prior to that they were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Championship strugglers Stoke City.

But they got back on track at Oakwell with two goals in the final six minutes to leave Barnsley in the bottom three.

Huddersfield Town also continue to look in serious trouble having lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday, with new men in charge of both teams at the John Smith's Stadium.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Leeds appeared to be heading for an underwhelming draw at Barnsley before Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah came off the bench and broke the deadlock in the 84th minute.

The England Under-21 international volleyed in from close range after Kalvin Phillips' left-wing free-kick, finally ending Barnsley's resistance with his fourth goal in six games for the club.

Nketiah then won a penalty after being brought down by Aapo Halme, with Mateusz Klich converting from 12 yards.

The result sees them move above Swansea on goal difference after the Welsh side lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. 

 

COWLEY HAS A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB

Danny Cowley got a harsh insight into the scale of the task he faces at Huddersfield after a 2-0 loss to Wednesday. 

Steven Fletcher gave the visitors the lead after just 10 minutes by heading in Kadeem Harris' cross from six yards out, making three consecutive league outings in which he has scored.

Sam Winnall completed the scoring 18 minutes from the end, converting Barry Bannan's delivery to ensure Wednesday move back into the top 10.

Town, meanwhile, stay second from bottom with one point from their first seven matches.

Garry Monk has been named the new manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls have been seeking a new boss since Steve Bruce controversially left to take charge of Premier League side Newcastle United in July.

Caretaker manager Lee Bullen made his case for the job with three wins from their first four Championship games this term.

But Wednesday have opted for 40-year-old Monk, having previously been linked with Lincoln City's Danny Cowley and ex-Stoke City boss Tony Pulis.

Former Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough manager Monk was sacked by Birmingham City in June.

 

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