Championship Review: Norwich City leave it late to stay top, Derby win for third game running as hapless Ipswich remain rooted to the bottom

8 Dec

Championship leaders Norwich left it late again as they scored a last-gasp winner against Bolton to maintain their lead at the top.

Daniel Farke’s side looked set to be leapfrogged by Leeds after an unlikely Bolton comeback.

Teemu Pukki scored another late winner for Norwich on Saturday as they beat Bolton 3-2

The Canaries were cruising at 2-0 following goals from Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann, but the struggling Trotters – winless in their last 11 league games – hit back through Sammy Ameobi and Mark Beevers’ 88th minute equaliser.

Amoebi then received his marching orders, before Teemu Pukki hit the winner with his 16th goal of the season to break the visitors’ hearts.

Derby won for the third game in a row as they leapfrogged West Brom in third, after the Baggies’ 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Friday night, with a 1-0 win at Wigan.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men after just 15 minutes with Kel Naismith seeing red, and the Rams took full advantage with Jack Marriott guiding in Jayden Bogle’s cross six minutes later for what proved the only goal of the game.

Jack Marriott scored his eighth goal of the season in Derby’s win at Wigan

Elsewhere, Middlesbrough lost ground on the leaders after being held 1-1 at home to Blackburn.

Tony Pulis’ men were up against after Muhamed Besic was shown a straight red card after 21 minutes for hauling down Bradley Dack when he was through on goal.

From the resulting free-kick Charlie Mulgrew fired Rovers ahead, with Britt Assombalonga rescuing the hosts a point with a 62nd-minute equaliser.

Ipswich remain rooted to the foot of the table after losing their fourth game in a row, going down 2-0 at Stoke.

The hosts took the lead in first-half stoppage time as Sam Clucas slipped in Tom Ince, who fired past Dean Gerken.

Joe Allen made it two on the hour mark to extend Stoke’s unbeaten league run to eight games.

A stunning first-half display from Swansea was enough to see them edge past a battling Brentford side 3-2 at Griffin Park.

Graham Potter’s men were 3-0 up inside half-an-hour thanks to Wayne Routledge, a Chris Mepham own goal and Leroy Fer.

But the Bees fought back through Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma to make it a tense finish for the Swans.

Joe Allen, left, found the net for Stoke as they extended their unbeaten run to eight games

Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham drew 2-2 in an entertaining Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough. Lucas Joao put Wednesday ahead just before half-time, but Rotherham rallied to lead through Michael Smith and Richie Towell.

Joao was on target again though, securing Wednesday a point in the process.

Millwall were denied a welcome three points as Hull scored late on to maintain their recent improved form.

Kamil Grosicki’s early opener was cancelled out by Lee Gregory, with Markus Henriksen equalising for Hull after Millwall went ahead in the second half through Aiden O’Brien.

Famara Diedhiou gave Bristol City a 1-0 victory at Birmingham, while Louis Moult scored the only goal of the game as Preston sprang a shock at the City Ground to beat Nottingham Forest 1-0.