Championship round-up: Matej Vydra seals Watford fightback


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Slavisa Jokanovic wants his Watford side to stop giving away “presents” despite their 3-2 win at Leeds United that lifted them to third place in the Championship.

Not for the first time this season they fell behind to a defensive howler from Ikechi Anya, which allowed Billy Sharp to score the 150th goal of his career. Rodolph Austin then volleyed in a stunner.

But they used their pace and strength to battle back, with Matej Vydra setting up Troy Deeney before half-time and the players reversing their roles after 55 minutes to make it 2-2.

Vydra stole the points 10 minutes from time after a quick break. Jokanovic said: “We made some mistakes, gave them many presents and started the second half similarly and we have to control the situation a little bit better.”

Wednesday dent Boro’s promotion push

Atdhe Nuhiu bagged his fourth goal as Sheffield Wednesday interrupted second-placed Middlebrough’s promotion chase with a 2-0 victory, their first in the Championship since Boxing Day.

The Austrian striker, who scored twice at the Riverside earlier in the season, converted a 52nd-minute penalty to open the scoring after Ken Omeruo handled. Will Keane, on-loan from Manchester United, headed in the second three minutes later from Lewis McGugan’s free-kick.

Arnason’s late strike edges Rotherham clear

Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic were the big winners on a day of relegation dogfights. Kari Arnason headed home in the 85th minute to give Rotherham a 2-1 home win over Millwall, who are six points adrift of them in the bottom three.

Blackpool are six points adrift at the bottom after visitors Wigan beat them 3-1 to boost their survival chances.

Bird sinks Wimbledon in marathon match

It’s tough being a Hartlepool fan, even more so as the League’s bottom club survived 14 minutes of added time to claim a 1‑0 victory over Wimbledon thanks to Ryan Bird’s close range strike.