Oli McBurnie’s fourth goal in five league games helped Sheffield United extend the lead to three points at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 2-0 win at Preston.
The Scotland international smashed home from close range with 15 minutes remaining after Iliman Ndiaye had put the visitors ahead just before half-time. The win for Paul Heckingbottom’s side was their fourth league win in a row and extended their impressive unbeaten run to eight games.
Steve Bruce is still under pressure after controversy Norwich cost equalizer a West Brom outside just the second league win of the season. Bruce had to concede to his own supporters after the defeat against Birmingham in midweek and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Carrowna Road despite the visitors being the better side.
Dara O’Shea’s header had put the Baggies ahead but Sam Byram’s first Norwich goal salvaged a point for the hosts below, with furious West Brom holding on as they appealed in vain for a handball in against the back. .
Sunderland substitute Jewison Bennette won his team 2-2 at Waterford with an 87th minute equalizer at Vicarage Road.
Shota Arveladze is feeling the pressure after Hull dropped to a fourth straight win with a 3-0 loss at Swansea. Second half goals from Ryan Manning, Luke Cundle and Joel Piroe left Hull languishing just above the relegation zone.
Arveladze, who took over as head coach shortly after Turkish owner Acun Ilicali bought the club in January, said: “I haven’t spoken to the owner. The boys are very, very low. We are on a bad run and we are not in form. We need a good day to come back. Yes, I feel pressured. I’ll talk to myself about the story, but on this form it’s no surprise.”
Swansea lost Joe Allen to a fresh hamstring injury, but manager Russell Martin was hopeful it would not stop the midfielder from taking part in the World Cup for Wales. “It’s his hamstring, but not the one he’s done before,” he said. “That’s why there’s not a lot of concern right now.”
Huddersfield they claimed just their second league win of the season as striker Jordan Rhodes fired them to a 1-0 home win Cardiff in their first game since the loss of head coach Danny Schofield. Coaches Narcis Pelach and Paul Harsley were in temporary charge, Schofield having left the club with the Terriers in the bottom two.
Tom Ince’s superb free-kick just after the hour mark Reading 1-0 win at Wigan. The home side battled to a tight eight minutes of added time, but Reading held on, with Ince’s strike earning the Royals a fifth win in seven games.
Jay Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the season Burnley up to fourth place as they extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games with a hard-fought 2-1 win City of Bristol. Until Rodiguez’s winner it was a familiar story for Vincent Kompany’s side as they dominated possession but struggled to build on Manuel Benson’s early goal at Turf Moor.
Nakhi Well’s close-range equalizer canceled that out midway through the first half and it looked for a while that the Clarets would be held to their sixth draw of the season by a resolutely defending City side. But Rodriguez secured all three points, sealing Burnley’s fourth league win of the season.
Carlton Morris and Reece Burke scored in the second half Luton finally registered the first home win of the season at the seventh attempt, 2-0 over Blackburn at Kenilworth Road. Morris headed home Jordan Clark’s cross before centre-back Burke produced a moment of magic to seal the game.
Benik Afobe’s second half strike won Mill Wall win 2-1 away Black Pool at the Den. The hosts took the lead early in the first half when Dutchman Zian Flemming’s header went past Blackpool goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw as he attempted an own goal. The visitors drew level before half-time when Dom Thompson beat Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino, but Millwall were ahead after the break as Afobe’s effort was enough to secure a much-needed win for Gary Rowett’s men.
Gustavo Hamer saw red for Coventry as an entertaining derby with Birmingham at St. Andrew’s ended goalless. The Dutch-Brazilian midfielder was sent off for violent conduct in the 89th minute having previously had several chances for the bottom club, who have not won in 11 games since their 4-2 win over Birmingham on April 15, 155 days ago.
QPR and Stock up They also played 0-0 in a game in which there were few clear chances at Loftus Road. Stoke had the upper hand in the first half, and Dwight Gayle’s early effort was disallowed from outside, clipping the top of the bar with a free-kick. But he was taken off in the second half, meaning he has now failed to score in 38 appearances – a run that stretches back to December 2020.
Middlesbrough inn Rotherham in a late afternoon kick.