Championship round-up: Bournemouth return to the top


first_imgBournemouth ensured Ipswich Town’s time on top of the Championship table was limited to just two hours as they beat Fulham to fire themselves back into first place.Brett Pitman grabbed the opener as he headed Matt Ritchie’s corner into the back of the net and he will have been thankful the Cottagers were unable to score a leveller having seen a second half penalty saved by Marcus Bettinelli.And then the Cherries made sure of the points when Harry Arter netted in added time.Derby County kept up their bid for a return to the Premier League as they brushed Birmingham City aside at St Andrews.Impressive Liverpool loanee Jordon Ibe thundered in from close range after an excellent run and striker Chris Martin cracked a free-kick past Darren Randolph after 23 minutes in the first half.And to round off the win Craig Forsyth charged forward to add a third and Johnny Russell claimed a fourth one minute from time.Norwich romped to victory against Millwall as they claimed a 6-1 win at Carrow Road.Steven Whittaker claimed his second goal in two games when David Forde allowed his strike to squirm through his grip. The Irish goalkeeper’s afternoon then got worse as Cameron Jerome intercepted his pass and placed the ball in the back of the net.Bradley Johnson smacked a left-foot shot home as the Canaries picked up where they left off in the second period and he grabbed a second just after the hour-mark.And Gary Hooper tucked two more past the luckless Forde who would have been delighted to hear the final whistle.Emile Heskey scored a goal on his debut as Bolton Wanderers came from behind to claim a 2-1 over Blackburn Rovers.Gary Bowyer’s team had taken the lead through Joshua King but strikes from 36-year-old Heskey and Darren Pratley turned things around for Neil Lennon’s men as they move up to 14th.Wigan Athletic beat Leeds United 2-0 as they gained on relegation rivals Millwall as Liam Cooper’s own goal and a James McClean strike gave them all three points at Elland Road.Sheffield Wednesday ensured there was more misery for bottom side Blackpool as Chris Maguire score from the spot to give the Owls a 1-0 victory and move themselves into 12th position.Reading couldn’t make two early goals count as Brighton and Hove Albion came back to draw 2-2 at the Amex Stadium.The Seagulls are currently managerless after Sami Hyypia’s resignation and it looked like being a long afternoon when Glenn Murray struck twice in the opening 26 minutes.But Jake Forster-Caskey and Inigo Calderon hit back to level the scores and earn themselves a share of the spoils.Middlesbrough sit in fourth spot as they dispatched Nottingham Forest 3-0 at the Riverside.George Friend netted with 53 minutes on the clock to give Aitor Karanka’s men the lead and things got worse for the Tricky Trees when Kelvin Wilson received two bookings in the space of 13 minutes, leaving them with ten men.And goals from Jelle Vossen and Grant Leadbitter completed the scoring on home soil for Boro.And in the afternoon’s other game Rotherham United came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Huddersfield Town.James Vaughan and Conor Coady had given the Terriers the lead but Jonson Clarke-Harris and Lee Frecklington ensured the Millers avoided defeat. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe 1last_img

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