Hull City hit six to beat Birmingham
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Here are the full-time results from the Championship…
Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
Jonathan Kodjia scored his first goal of the 2017/18 season, from the penalty spot, to secure a narrow victory and the Villans’ fourth consecutive league win.
Mark Beevers had brought the forward down in the box and coolly dispatched his effort to extend his side’s unbeaten run to eight games.
Burton Albion 0-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Burton have now conceded eight goals in their last two games, having followed up their 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa mid-week to suffer an identical loss to Wolves.
Goals from Diogo Jota, Romain Saiss, Ruben Vinagre and Leo Bonatini fired the away side to second in the table, just one point behind leaders Cardiff who were held at home to Derby.
Cardiff City 0-0 Derby County
Cardiff dropped two valuable points in the Championship’s title race, but remain top of the table with a goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The visitors wasted chances to take the lead in the second half and their winless run has now stretched to four games.
Hull City 6-1 Birmingham City
Steve Cotterill was given a glimpse of the sizeable challenge awaiting him at struggling Birmingham, as he saw his new side crumble to a 6-1 defeat at Hull.
Cotterill was in attendance at the KCOM Stadium ahead of taking the reins from soon-to-be assistant Lee Carsley on Monday, but watched the Blues put in a limp, jaded display as Hull clinched their first win in six league matches.
Strikes from Fraizer Campbell and the in-form Jarrod Bowen either side of David Meyler’s penalty put the Tigers three goals to the good inside the first 26 minutes before second-half efforts from the influential Kamil Grosicki, Markus Henriksen and Seb Larsson gave shell-shocked Birmingham and Cotterill plenty to think about.
They ended the scoring through Sam Gallagher but that will be scant consolation for a side that looked to have turned the corner under Carsley, having claimed four points in the two games that followed Harry Redknapp’s sacking.
Ipswich Town 1-3 Bristol City
Bristol have now gone 11 games unbeaten and got their first win over Ipswich since 1978.
Josh Brownhill’s deflected shot gave City the lead, before Famara Diédhiou doubled their lead with a header at the half hour mark.
Martyn Waghorn got one goal back, but Bobby Reid secured the three points with eight minutes to go.
Middlesbrough 2-2 Brentford
An entertaining affair at the Riverside Stadium saw Boro twice come from behind to steal a point in front of an exasperated home crowd.
It was 1-1 with 68 minutes on the clock when Martin Braithwaite, with his first goal since his summer transfer, cancelled out Yoann Barbet’s first-half finish, but Brenford quickly restored their lead through Ollie Watkins.
Fabio, though, was the saviour, denying the Bees the win just a few minutes after Boro had grabbed their second of the game.
Millwall 1-3 Barnsley
Goals either side of half-time from Barnsley’s Tom Bradshaw sealed a 3-1 victory at Millwall to move the Tykes three points clear of the Championship relegation zone.
Lee Gregory’s penalty in first-half stoppage time levelled things up at 1-1, cancelling out Bradshaw’s 40th-minute opener.
But the 25-year-old striker found the net again on the hour mark, before Mamadou Thiam wrapped up Barnsley’s first away win of the season with a late penalty – despite manager Paul Heckingbottom getting his marching orders for remonstrating with the referee just after half-time.
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest claimed a much needed win – and halted Sheffield United’s Championship charge – as they secured a 2-1 victory at the City Ground.
Goals from Jason Cummings and Kieran Dowell helped Mark Warburton’s side fight back following John Lundstram’s opener for the Blades.
Preston North End 2-2 Sunderland
There were three goals in four frenetic second-half minutes as Simon Grayson’s Sunderland claimed a 2-2 draw against his former side Preston at Deepdale.
Sunderland were ahead at half-time thanks to George Honeyman but two quick goals from Josh Harrop and Jordan Hugill turned things around for the hosts.
Aiden McGeady hit back instantly for Sunderland on his return to Deepdale but it is now nine league games without a win for the Black Cats.