Championship round-up: Darren Bent’s day spoiled by Fulham

Fulham beat Brighton 2-1

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Darren Bent celebrated his first game for Brighton with an opening 52nd-minute goal but it was Fulham, last temporary home of the former England star, who pulled off a 2-1 away victory in this Championship game.

Bent scored six times for Fulham last season and began his latest loan with a calm left-footed strike after feeding off Adrian Colunga, later sent off for two yellow cards.

But Hugo Rodellega’s eighth of the season closed the gap and Lasse Vigen Christensen clinched the points in the 77th minute.

Charlton v Ipswich

Hunt drills in a late goal for promotion chasers

Debutant Noel Hunt’s goal in a 1-0 win at Charlton lifted Ipswich to second in the table. His decisive strike came five minutes into extra-time. Hunt, 31, on loan from Leeds, kept cool to steer in a low drive for his first League goal in two years. The two sides had 40 efforts but only Hunt, an 83rd-minute substitute, found the target while winger Callum Harriott went close three times for Charlton.

Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

Blues run continues as Assombalonga sent off

Reborn Birmingham extended their unbeaten run under new manager Gary Rowett to five games after Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga was sent off for handball in the 88th minute. Paul Caddis fired home the penalty to seal a 2-1.

Assombalonga’s dismissal came just four minutes after his headed equaliser from a Jamie Paterson cross had cancelled out David Cotterill’s long-range opener for Birmingham in the first half.

Brentford v Wolves

Bees equal club history with fifth victory in row

Brentford equalled a 75-year club record of five straight Championship wins by beating Wolves 4-0. It lifts them to third in the table

Wolves fell behind when Alan Judge raced on to Andre Gray’s pass to claim his first goal of the season. Alex Pritchard crossed for substitute Stuart Dallas to add a second on 74 minutes before Gray turned in the area to slam his seventh League goal of the season. Jota added a fourth seconds after coming on

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