Championship round-up: Leeds return to top as Bolton lose ground

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Results and stories from the Championship games on Saturday, August 25

Results and stories from the Championship games on Saturday, August 25…

Norwich 0-3 Leeds

Leeds defied their pink changing room at Carrow Road to return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a crushing 3-0 victory over Norwich.

The Canaries have painted the away dressing room pink in the hope of lowering the testosterone levels of their opponents, but the ploy failed to deter Marcelo Bielsa’s men as two first-half goals in six minutes swept them clear.

Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski pounced to reward Leeds’ early dominance before the outstanding Pablo Hernandez added a third in the 67th minute following some individual wizardry from the Spanish playmaker.

Hernandez netted Leeds’ third

Hernandez netted Leeds’ third

Bolton 0-3 Sheffield United

Bolton lost ground in the title race after slipping to their first defeat of the season as Sheffield United emerged 3-0 winners at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Mark Duffy, Kieron Freeman and John Fleck were on target in a victory every bit as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests.

QPR 1-0 Wigan

Under pressure QPR boss Steve McClaren was thrown a lifeline with a 1-0 victory over Wigan at Loftus Road.

Tomer Hemed’s first-half goal secured Rangers’ first points of the season following a run of four straight defeats that had rooted them to the foot of the table.

The home side defended well in the face of speculation over McClaren’s future, although Wigan had chances to equalise with Chey Dunkley squandering one of them late on.

Swansea 0-1 Bristol City

Andreas Weimann found the net after 31 seconds but that was the only goal as Bristol City prevailed 1-0 at Swansea.

Andreas Weimann scored the only goal as Swansea were beaen at home

Andreas Weimann scored the only goal as Swansea were beaen at home

Blackburn 1-1 Brentford

Brentford dropped out of the play off-places after Kasey Palmer gave Blackburn a 1-0 victory at Ewood Park.

Derby 2-0 Preston

Derby surged up the table after strikes from Mason Mount and Richard Keogh completed a 2-0 win against struggling Preston.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Ipswich

Lucas Joao plundered the opener and winner as Sheffield Wednesday overcame Ipswich 2-1.

Toto Nsiala equalised for Ipswich only to then be sent off for a foul on Fernando Forestieri.

Stoke 2-0 Hull

Stoke claimed their first win of the season after James McClean scored and Mame Biram Diouf’s effort looped into the bottom corner after deflecting off Tigers defender Jordy de Wijs for a 2-0 victory. Evandro was sent off for Hull after a dangerous tackle.

Stoke were relieved to secure their first win of 2018/19

Stoke were relieved to secure their first win of 2018/19

Aston Villa 1-1 Reading

Sam Baldock salvaged a point against Aston Villa after his 91st-minute header secured an unexpected 1-1 draw for Reading.

Villa lost playmaker Jack Grealish to a first-half injury but that did not prevent them from opening the scoring through Ahmed Elmohamady and they looked comfortable until Baldock intervened.

Nottingham Forest 2-2 Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams fired high-quality goals either side of the interval to give Birmingham City a 2-0 lead but they were still forced to settle for a 2-2 draw following a fightback by Nottingham Forest.

Adams hit the target with a low 73rd-minute shot from the edge of the area shortly after coming on, but the goal merely served to spark Forest into action.

With his first touch of the game, Joe Lolley brilliantly steered an inadequate clearance into the net before Daryl Murphy produced the equaliser with three minutes remaining.

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