Championship: Wolves extend lead, Birmingham move off bottom

Wolverhampton Wanderers have moved to 12 points clear at the top of the Championship table with a 3-0 win against Brentford.

Wolves could have opened the scoring against mid-table Brentford within the opening minute but Leo Bonatini’s shot hit the woodwork.

Bees goalkeeper David Bentley pulled off two remarkable saves to keep the match goalless at half time. First, he stopped Matt Doherty’s one-on-one chance before getting in front of Diogo Jota’s thunderbolt.

Wolves finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Ryan Woods gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area. Ruben Neves stepped up to float the ball into the top corner.

The lead was doubled just two minutes later when Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross found Barry Douglas to power the ball into the top left corner.

It was 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining when Cavaleiro’s cross was knocked down by Ryan Bennett to Diogo Jota to finish from eight yards.

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At the Madejski Stadium, a 2-0 win for Birmingham City saw them consign Sunderland to the bottom of the table.

Jacques Maghoma scored Birmingham’s opener in the 25th minute, finishing from close range for his second goal in two games before Sam Gallagher doubled Birmingham’s lead with a placed shot in the 64th minute.

Reading’s best chance came in the final minute when Yann Kermorgant’s shot hammered off the woodwork.

Fulham had to come from behind to defeat Ipswich Town 4-1.

The West London side had a whole host of chances to take the lead. Aboubakar Kamara, Stefan Johansen and Sheyi Ojo all failed to hit the target as Fulham ran Ipswich ragged.

They were made to pay for their profligacy in first-half stoppage time when Joe Garner turned Martyn Waghorn’s cross into the back of the net to give Ipswich an unlikely lead.

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Fulham continued to dominate and Ipswich were down to 10 men shortly after the restart when Jordan Spence was sent off. Ipswich had lived a charmed life all evening but Fulham finally scored through Ryan Sessegnon with 20 minutes remaining.

Kamara made it 2-1 just three minutes later, before Sessegnon netted his second of the night to complete the turnaround and secure the points for Fulham.

It was four goals in eight minutes when Kamara grabbed his second from the edge of the area to finish the scoring.

Championship results in full: Fulham 4-1 Ipswich Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Brentford, Reading 0-2 Birmingham City

Cover Photo: Wolves 018 – Sunset by Tony Evans used under license by CC BY-ND 2.0.

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