Championship round-up: Alex Neil off to a dream start as Norwich beat league leaders

first_img Norwich celebrate New Norwich City boss Alex Neil marked his first game in charge with an impressive 2-1 victory over league leaders Bournemouth at the Goldsands.Matt Ritchie celebrated penning a new deal in fine style as he gave the table-toppers an early lead when he coolly converted Marc Pugh’s cross in the 18th minute.But Norwich struck back through Gary Hooper – the former Celtic man tapping into an empty net from close range after meeting Michael Turner’s knockdown from a corner.Jonny Howson then saw red for the visitors after a late challenge on Yann Kermorgant, but the ten man Canaries finished the stronger side and deservedly took the lead with ten minutes to go.Cameron Jerome unleashed a rocket of a shot into the top corner from outside the box to make it a memorable first day at the office for Neil.In the day’s early kick-off, Derby County leapfrogged Ipswich Town to move into the top two of the Championship as a goal from Chris Martin ended the Tractor Boys’ 11-match unbeaten run.The Scottish international latched on to a misjudged headed back pass from Tommy Smith to coolly finish early in the second half.The hosts had gone close through Jay Tabb and David McGoldrick in the first half, but despite having John Eustace sent off late on, the Rams held on to claim a 1-0 win and move back into the automatic promotion places.In the league’s relegation six-pointer, Peter Clarke gave Blackpool only their third win of the season over fellow strugglers Millwall.Clarke powered his header past David Forde to secure a vital win for the hosts as Ian Holloway’s Lion’s continue to struggle.Clayton Donaldson fired a hat-trick as in-form Birmingham City eased past struggling Wigan Athletic.Donaldson put the Blues into an early lead as he met David Cotterill’s corner to power his header past Scott Carson.The former Brentford man doubled his tally for the afternoon in the 15th minute as he fired home from close range.The Latics struck back ten minutes before the break, when James McClean brought the visitors some hope as he smashed the ball into the top corner.But a comeback never materialised, as Donaldson completed his treble midway through the second half when he tapped home from close range following good work from youngster Demarai Gray.Sheffield Wednesday piled more pressure on Stuart Pearce as goals from Kieran Lee and Chris Maguire secured a deserved 2-0 win for the Owls against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.Lee opened the scoring moments before the break to give Wednesday the first half advantage as he finished from close range.Chris Maguire heaped more misery on Pearce as he struck minutes into the second half as he fired past Dorus de Vries to double Stuart Gray’s men lead.Meanwhile, Huddersfield produced a late show to secure a vital victory over play-off chasing Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium.Nahki Wells gave the Yorkshire club the lead when he met Sean Scannell’s cross to finish past former Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes six minutes into the second half.The home side’s advantage only lasted nine minutes as substitute Odion Ighalo scored seconds after coming off the bench smashing home from a tight angle after a clever header from Troy Deeney.But it was the Terriers who had the final say, with James Vaughan and Joel Lynch both striking late on to secure a memorable win for Chris Powell’s men.A pair of penalties at the Macron Stadium forced Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers to settle for a point.Neil Redfearn’s men took the lead inside three minutes as Rodolph Austin smashed home from the penalty spot after a clumsy foul from Bolton stopper Andy Lonergan on Sam Byram. Eidur Gudjohnsen scored his first goal since returning to the Macron Stadium, with his strike also coming from the penalty spot.Brighton continued their rise up the table with a 1-0 win over Charlton.Rohan Ince scored the only goal at The Valley just after the hour mark.Stuart Dallas scored the game’s only goal as Brentford returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Rotherham United.Sean Morrison, meanwhile, scored his fourth goal of the season as he headed past Marcus Bettinelli to give Cardiff a valuable 1-0 victory over Fulham.And finally, Reading and high-flying Middlesbrough played out a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium.Championship results in full:Ipswich 0-1 DerbyBirmingham City 3-1 Wigan AthleticBlackpool 1-0 MillwallBolton 1-1 Leeds UnitedBournemouth1-2 Norwich CityBrentford 1-0 RotherhamCardiff City 1-0 FulhamCharlton Athletic 0-1 Brighton and Hove AlbionHuddersfield 3-1 WatfordNottingham Forest 0-2 Sheffield WednesdayReading 0-0 Middlesbrough 1last_img

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