Championship roundup: Norwich back on top after Max Aarons winner

Championship roundup: Norwich back on top after Max Aarons winner

Championship roundup: Norwich back on top after Max Aarons winner
    Home 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday takes Norwich topReading, Swansea and Stoke win in crowded top six
Max Aarons hits the late winner to give Norwich a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.

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Sat 5 Dec 2020 13.03 EST

Last modified on Sat 5 Dec 2020 13.36 EST

Norwich moved back to the top of the Championship after coming from behind to defeat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 with two late goals at Carrow Road.

The Canaries had been knocked off top spot by Bournemouth’s 4-0 win at Barnsley on Friday evening and looked unlikely to reclaim it after Josh Windass had headed the Owls into the lead on the hour. They were still behind going into the final 10 minutes but finally got back on level terms when substitute Josh Martin opened his account for the club and followed that up with a winner three minutes later as Max Aarons, with his first goal in almost two years, fired home.

Norwich, with 2,000 supporters cheering them on, got back on track after taking just one point from their previous two games, while struggling Wednesday are still looking for their first victory under Tony Pulis.

Only four points separate the top eight in what looks like being another exciting race for the top two and the play-off places.

Reading are third after their comfortable 2-0 home victory over 10-man Nottingham Forest in the lunchtime kick-off, thanks to goals from Lucas João and Michael Morrison. Ryan Yates was dismissed after 14 minutes for handball on the goalline.

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New Sunderland manager Lee Johnson lost his first game in charge 1-0 against strugglers Wigan as teenage forward Kyle Joseph scored his first goal in professional football.

Leaders Hull could only draw 1-1 at Oxford after Greg Docherty cancelled out James Henry’s opener. Lincoln City closed the gap at the top by beating Rochdale 2-0. James Jones opened the scoring and defender Lewis Montsma netted his eighth of the campaign to complete the win.

Sam Nicholson and Brandon Hanlan scored two goals each as Bristol Rovers recovered from conceding an early Joe Pigott penalty to beat AFC Wimbledon 4-2.

Doncaster���s task at Northampton was made easier when Shaun McWilliams was dismissed after 17 minutes for the hosts. Tyreece John-Rules and Joe Wright made the Cobblers pay as the visitors picked up the points.

Portsmouth bested playoff rivals Peterborough 2-0 thanks to goals from Jack Whatmough and Tom Naylor. Vadaine Oliver and Trae Coyle made the difference as Gillingham down 2-0 Swindon in the early kick-off.

Ipswich scored twice in as many minutes in the aftermath of Danny Mayor’s sending off for Plymouth. Luke Jephcott gave the hosts the lead but this was overthrown by Jon Nolan and Kaydon Jackson once Paul Lambert’s side gained a one-man advantage.

Dion Charles struck twice as Accrington Stanley defeated MK Dons. Owen Dale earned Crewe a late point at Burton Albion. A single Gary Madine goal was enough for Blackpool to beat local rivals Fleetwood.

Shrewsbury avoided ending the day bottom thanks to Ollie Norburn’s 95th-minute penalty against Charlton to earn a point.

Swansea climb to fourth, within two points of the leaders, after a 2-0 home win against Luton, who had Matty Pearson sent off 20 minutes from time for a second yellow card. Connor Roberts, inside the first two minutes, and André Ayew, with his seventh of the season in the 89th minute, were on target for Swans.

Stoke are up to fifth after a Nathan Collins first-half header was enough to defeat Middlesbrough 1-0 in a low-key affair at the Bet365 Stadium.

Brentford fans were able to sample life inside their new stadium for the first time when Blackburn visited. The Brentford Community Stadium, their new 17,250-seater venue, was officially opened in August but fans had to wait until Saturday – 2,000 of them, at any rate – for a chance to attend. Joe Rothwell put Rovers in front, before Ivan Toney and Sergi Canós replied for Bees. Jacob Davenport rescued a point for Blackburn three minutes from time in a 2-2 draw.

In-form Kieffer Moore pounced for Cardiff’s winner at Vicarage Road to put a dent in Watford’s promotion ambitions. Moore struck the only goal after 43 minutes, volleying home after Watford failed to clear a corner, for his fifth goal in five games, to give improving Cardiff a third successive win. Watford slip to seventh.

Captain Harlee Dean was Birmingham’s match-winner in their surprise 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate. The centre-back took advantage of poor marking at an 80th-minute corner to rise and powerfully head home Jérémie Bela’s cross from the left.

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There were nine goals and nine different scorers at Bolton where Port Vale won 6-3. There was one goal fewer at Cheltenham as they defeated Exeter 5-3 in another match where no individual scored twice.

A late Matt Dolan penalty kept Newport County top of the league thanks to a 2-1 win over Morecambe.

Ashley Hunter’s strike was enough for Salford to secure a 1-0 win at Barrow. Carlisle won by the same margin at Bradford, who slipped into the relegation places. The bottom two at the start of the day, Stevenage and Southend, played out a goalless draw.

Jamille Matt settled things at Harrogate by netting Forest Green’s winner. Oldham were surprise 2-1 winners at Cambridge. Walsall were also victors, as they downed Tranmere 3-1. Doug Loft and Alfie Beeston saw off Leyton Orient to move Scunthorpe away from the relegation zone.

Six goals were shared between Mansfield and Crawley in a 3-3 draw. The visitors looked set for victory until a 93rd minute equaliser from Andy Cook.

Huddersfield were comfortable 2-0 winners over QPR at the John Smith’s Stadium. Winger Josh Koroma continued his fine scoring run with an early opener before providing the assist for Harry Toffolo to score Town’s second. For QPR, it was a third straight loss.

Jason McCarthy’s late own goal denied Wycombe their first win at Preston in 27 years as they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw. Tom Barkhuizen opened the scoring with his fourth goal in five games, but Garath McCleary and Scott Kashket struck for Wycombe to set up an impressive comeback. McCarthy turned Scott Sinclair’s cross into his own net to hand Preston a point.

Tyler Walker scored one goal and made another as Coventry extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five games by sweeping aside Rotherham 3-1 at St Andrew’s. Walker set up Max Biamou for the opener and tucked home the second, all inside the opening 12 minutes. Leo Ostigard added a third with a second-half header before Daniel Barlaser claimed a late consolation from the penalty spot for the visitors.