Championship roundup: Pukki keeps Norwich top as Bournemouth hit five

Championship roundup: Pukki keeps Norwich top as Bournemouth hit five

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Championship roundup: Pukki keeps Norwich top as Bournemouth hit five
    Norwich stay at summit after 2-1 win at Blackburn Solanke hits two as Bournemouth thrash Huddersfield
Teemu Pukki

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Sat 12 Dec 2020 12.28 EST

Last modified on Sat 12 Dec 2020 12.48 EST

Teemu Pukki’s 50th goal on his 100th appearance gave Championship leaders Norwich a 2-1 win at Blackburn.

The Finn was the difference between the sides, firing Norwich ahead with a clinical finish midway through a first half which they dominated, and in which he also struck the woodwork. Rovers deservedly levelled through a special Harvey Elliott goal shortly after the restart before Pukki restored Norwich’s advantage in the 65th minute.

It was harsh on Blackburn, who were in the middle of an onslaught on the Norwich goal, and also struck the woodwork before and after the equaliser. Pukki’s winner maintained Norwich’s three-point cushion at the summit.

Bournemouth remained three points behind Norwich as they thrashed Huddersfield 5-0. Dominic Solanke’s double and a David Brooks effort had the hosts 3-0 up after just 21 minutes. Junior Stanislas scored a superb individual effort in the 67th minute before substitute Sam Surridge added a fifth.

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Hull and Lincoln held onto the top two spots in despite both suffering defeats.

Lowly Shrewsbury pulled off the shock of the day by defeating leaders Hull 1-0 thanks to a Charlie Daniels strike. Lincoln were well beaten 4-0 by Sunderland as Lee Johnson secured his first league victory as Black Cats boss.

Third-placed Portsmouth are now only three points off top spot after a Ryan Williams double earned them a repeat of their FA Cup win over Ipswich, this time with a 2-0 scoreline.

It was also a good day for Peterborough, who are up to fourth after a 4-1 victory over Rochdale. Charlton came out on top of a roller-coaster game at The Valley, beating AFC Wimbledon 5-2.

Managerless Wigan’s second successive victory saw them climb off the bottom of the table. The Latics were flying at three up against Accrington after just over half an hour but the final whistle blew on a 4-3 win.

Burton now occupy bottom spot after they were pegged back in a 1-1 draw with MK Dons. Doncaster are in the final play-off spot thanks to a 2-1 victory over Gillingham.

Paddy Madden’s 29th-minute effort gave Fleetwood a 1-0 win at Swindon and their first victory in four league games. Goals from Alfie Kilgour, Luke McCormick and Zain Westbrooke earned Bristol Rovers a 3-0 win against Plymouth while Blackpool and Oxford played out a 0-0 draw.

Crewe left it very late to secure a 2-1 victory over 10-man Northampton as Ryan Wintle netted the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.

Troy Deeney scored an 85th-minute penalty to earn Watford a 1-0 win at Birmingham. The Hornets looked to be extending their winless away run to six games but Kristian Pedersen was shown a second yellow card as he gave away a penalty, and lifelong Blues fan Deeney stepped up to convert.

Reading left it even later to win at QPR, with Michael Olise marking his 19th birthday with an 89th-minute strike in a 1-0 win, while Brentford moved up into the play-off places with a 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest. Henrik Dalsgaard’s first goal of the season and late efforts from Josh Da Silva and Ivan Toney – his 15th strike of the campaign – saw off Forest, who replied through Joe Worrall deep into stoppage time.

Derby remained in the bottom three but moved level on points with rivals Forest as Wayne Rooney extended his unbeaten run as caretaker manager with a 0-0 draw with Stoke. Tony Pulis, meanwhile, is still searching for his first win as Sheffield Wednesday manager after Barnsley came from behind to win 2-1 against the league’s bottom club at Hillsborough.

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Newport saw their lead at the top cut after a 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient.

Cheltenham missed the chance to make up more ground, though, after they were held to a goalless draw at Salford and sit three points off the top. Carlisle climbed up to third with a 4-0 win over struggling Stevenage.

Ryan Bowman scored a hat-trick as Exeter thrashed Tranmere 5-0. Forest Green kept up their promotion drive with a 2-0 home win over Cambridge.

Crawley battled to a 4-2 win over Barrow, who finished with 10 men at Broadfield Stadium. Grimsby and Mansfield drew 1-1 at Blundell Park as Oldham beat Bradford 3-1.

Port Vale and Colchester drew 1-1 while bottom club Southend picked up a much-needed 1-0 win over Scunthorpe at Roots Hall with a late goal from James Olayinka. Walsall came from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 at Banks’ Stadium.

Coventry captain Liam Kelly scored two first-half goals before being forced off through injury as his side extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-1 win at Wycombe.

Middlesbrough returned to winning ways by brushing aside Millwall 3-0, with all the goals coming in the first 20 minutes. James Collins scored a hat-trick as Luton moved into the top half with a 3-0 win over Preston, while goals from Matt Crooks and Michael Smith secured Rotherham a 2-0 victory over Bristol City.

In the day’s early kick-off, Jamal Lowe scored twice as Swansea secured the south Wales derby bragging rights with a 2-0 win at Cardiff.