Championship round-up: Bournemouth lose top spot to Watford after draw

A look back at the evening's action

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Bournemouth stumbled off the top of the Championship  last night but only after having a bizarre winner at Cardiff controversially ruled out, as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

Callum Wilson tapped a rebound into an empty net after Simon Moore’s goal-kick struck his back and looped on to the crossbar.

But referee Lee Mason not only ruled out the goal but booked the striker, who was standing motionless, for obstruction. It summed up the night for Bournemouth who had already struck the woodwork twice.

Harry Arter returned from suspension to fire Bournemouth ahead with a 30-yard stunner on 16 minutes.

But Bruno Ecuele-Manga headed a second-half equaliser to knock Bournemouth down to third and two points off their promotion rivals.

Bournemouth’s draw meant Watford went top of the table with a hard-fought 2-0 victory away at relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

Troy Deeney continued his impressive form up front, scoring in the 54th minute and adding a second from the spot in the final minute, taking his seasonal scoring tally to 19.

Brentford’s push for a play-off place, meanwhile, was boosted with an enthralling 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Rudy Gestede gave Blackburn the perfect start, scoring his 16th goal of the season in the fifth minute. Brentford levelled in the 44th minute through Chris Long’s deflected effort, but the hosts responded immediately with Chris Taylor’s goal deep into first-half injury time.

Jota scored their second equaliser in the 52nd minute. And Mark Warburton’s side snatched the points with just six minutes remaining through Andre Gray.

Norwich claimed a 2-2 draw away against 10-man Huddersfield, with Jamar Loza earning the visitors a point.