Championship round-up: Derby back to winning ways, as Middlesbrough smash Millwall

first_imgDerby County returned to winning ways in style to open up a one point gap at the top of the Championship.A brace from Chris Martin and a Johnny Russell strike secured the win for Steve McClaren’s men at the iPro as they brushed aside a poor Brighton.The Rams were 3-0 up inside 20 minutes as they shook the cobwebs off after their 2-0 defeat at Leeds last week, and while the hosts continued to dominate in the second half, they failed to add to their advantage.Second placed Ipswich kept the heat on the Midlands club and continued their fine form under Mick McCarthy as they eased to a 4-1 victory over Leeds.The Tractor Boys went behind after Mirco Antenucci gave the visitors the lead after four minutes but Town responded emphatically to go in at half-time two goals up.A brace from Daryl Murphy and a David McGoldrick penalty turned things around for the high flying hosts, before Christophe Berra Smith scored early in the second half to add gloss to the win.At the Den, Middlesbrough had a dream first half as they blew Millwall away in a 5-1 away win, with Jelle Vossen’s fine hat-trick and another strike from Patrick Bamford giving the visitors an unassailable lead.Millwall pulled a goal back through Scott McDonald after the break, but Boro soon restored their four-goal advantage as Kike blasted past David Forde to keep the pressure on the top two.Bournemouth came from a goal behind at Molineux to maintain their play-off charge as a last gasp Matt Ritchie strike helped them to a 2-1 victory over Wolves.Meanwhile, at the John Smith Stadium Huddersfield inflicted a first defeat in five on Brentford as the London side fell to a 2-1 loss.Blackpool won for the first time since early October as a Steve Davies strike was enough to defeat struggling Birmingham, give Lee Clark his first win in charge of the Tangerines against his former club.Elsewhere, an early Jonny Howson strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Norwich over Wigan at the DW Stadium, while a last gasp Claude Dielna strike secured a vital win for Sheffield Wednesday over Blackburn Rovers in a 2-1 victory.At the City ground, Nottingham Forest played out a 1-1 draw against Charlton as subsitute Robert Tesche cancelled out Callum Harriott’s earlier strike, while there were goalless draws between Reading and Bolton as well as Cardiff and Rotherham.Championship results in full:Blackburn 1-1 Sheffield WednesdayBlackpool 1-0 BirminghamCardiff 0-0 RotherhamDerby 3-0 BrightonHuddersfield 2-1 BrentfordIpswich 4-1 LeedsMillwall 1-5 MiddlesbroughNottingham Forest 1-1 CharltonReading 0-0 BoltonWigan 0-1 NorwichWolves 1-2 Bournemouth 1 Kike celebrates his goal at the Den last_img

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