Championship round-up: Wolves move into promotion places with 4-0 win over Burton as Hull smash Birmingham for six

Leaders Cardiff are held to a 0-0 draw by Derby County as Sheffield United fail to take advantage in 2-1 defeat by Nottingham Forest

Saturday 30 September 2017 19:09 BST
Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores the fourth goal to complete the rout of Burton Albion
Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores the fourth goal to complete the rout of Burton Albion (REX)

Wolves stormed into the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion places after a resounding 4-0 victory at struggling Burton.

Nuno's side raced out of the blocks with two goals in the opening 11 minutes from Jota and Romain Saiss.

Ruben Vinagre added a third just before the break and Leo Bonatini put the game beyond any doubt after 62 minutes.

Burton have failed to score in five of their last six Championship games but second-placed Wolves are now just a point behind leaders Cardiff.

The Bluebirds were held to a 0-0 draw by Derby at the Cardiff City Stadium, but extended their unbeaten run in the league to four games.

Sheffield United failed to take advantage as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest and slipped down to third place.

John Lundstram gave the Blades the lead after just three minutes, but Jason Cummings equalised shortly after for Forest.

Kieran Dowell then put the hosts in front in the 27th minute and United failed to find an equaliser as Forest ended their three-game losing streak.

Birmingham's new boss Steve Cotterill watched on as the Blues fell to a comprehensive 6-1 defeat at Hull.

The Blues appointed Cotterill as Harry Redknapp's successor on Friday, but Lee Carsley was left to take the team at the KCOM Stadium.

Fraizer Campbell opened the scoring early on and David Meyler converted an 11th-minute penalty after Campbell had been fouled in the area by Emilio Nsue.

Jarrod Bowen's seventh goal of the season made it 3-0 to the Tigers after 26 minutes before Kamil Grosicki, Markus Henriksen and Seb Larsson completed the rout in the second half.

Cotterill, who takes charge officially on Monday, at least saw Sam Gallagher net a consolation in added time.

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson picked up a valuable 2-2 draw against former club Preston at Deepdale.

George Honeyman broke the deadlock for the Black Cats in the 28th minute, but Josh Harrop levelled with a free-kick for North End 10 minutes after half-time.

The hosts took the lead two minutes later courtesy of a fantastic Jordan Hugill strike before Aiden McGeady hit back for Sunderland, who have still won just once in the league this season, a matter of seconds later.

Bolton remain rock bottom and without a victory this term after a 1-0 defeat at in-form Aston Villa.

Jonathan Kodjia picked himself up after being fouled by Mark Beevers to convert a penalty after 39 minutes before Neil Taylor was sent off late on for the hosts.

Martin Braithwaite scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in the 2-2 draw against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.

Bees duo Yoann Barbet and Ollie Watkins scored either side of Braithwaite's second-half equaliser before Fabio earned a share of the spoils in the 76th minute.

Elsewhere, Barnsley and Bristol City both picked up 3-1 away wins over Millwall and Ipswich respectively.

Tom Bradshaw's 40th-minute goal put Barnsley ahead, but, just before half-time, Lee Gregory dusted himself down to convert a penalty for Millwall after being fouled by Matty Pearson.

Bradshaw's second of the day restored Barnsley's lead on the hour mark and Mamadou Thiam sealed the victory late on with a penalty after Shane Ferguson fouled Jared Bird.

Goals from Josh Brownhill and Famara Diedhiou put Bristol City 2-0 up after 31 minutes before Martyn Waghorn pulled one back for Ipswich, but Bobby Reid made sure of the three points.

In the day's final game, Norwich City compounded Reading's miserable start to the season as a Cameron Jerome goal secured a 2-1 victory after James Maddison's free-kick had cancelled out Liam Moore's headed opener for the Royals, although the Canaries did have Marley Watkins sent-off in injury-time for a rash tackle on Chris Gunter.


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