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EFL Championship Week 9 Roundup

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Birmingham shock Leeds as Bielsa admits he got his tactics wrong:

Birmingham City secured their first win of the league season with a gritty 2-1 win over Leeds at Elland Road. Two first-half goals by Che Adams ended Leeds eight-game unbeaten start to the season. The opening goal came in the 8th minute as the Birmingham striker’s long-range shot deceived the Leeds keeper Baily Peacock-Farrell. The deciding goal came in the 29th minute as Adams nutmegged Barry Douglas and guided his strike across Peacock-Farrell and in off the left-hand post. Marcelo Bielsa blamed his pre-game tactics which lead to his first league loss as Leeds manager. A late Gianni Alioski goal proved only a consolation for the West Yorkshire side who remain on top of the table on goal difference.

Derby recovered from conceding a first-minute goal against high-flying Brentford to win 3-1 at Pride Park. Henrik Dalsgaard headed the away side into the early lead, but a slick counter-attack from the home side saw Harry Wilson slot home the equaliser on 14 minutes.  Two goals in seven minutes sealed the win for Frank Lampard’s team. David Nugent produced a sublime lob to score past Brentford goalie Dan Bently from 20 yards and on-loan Chelsea starlet Mason Mount scored a delightful free-kick to return the Rams to winning ways. Middlesborough moved level on points with Leeds as they were held to a scoreless home draw by an injury-ravaged Swansea City side. Chances were at a premium at the Riverside as both sides cancelled each other out tactically.

Steve Bruce’s future under the spotlight after a home loss to the Owls:

In his after-match press conference, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce was adamant that he would get his team going back in the right direction after they succumbed to 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park. Villa were booed off by their own fans as goals from Marco Matias, and Steven Fletcher gave the away side the win. A wonder goal from Scottish midfielder John McGinn proved little consolation for the home side who slip to 12th place in the table. West Brom inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Millwall to record their fifth home league win of the season so far. The Baggies are now the top scorers in the Championship with 22 goals. Goals from Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs mean that Millwall are winless in their last six league matches. Darren Moore’s team are now only one point off the leaders and look well positioned to be in automatic promotion reckoning come next May.

An 86th-minute penalty by Lewis Grabban was enough for Nottingham Forest to secure a one-nil win over a defensively stubborn Rotherham side. It was a tight game of very few goalmouth chances. The loss sees the Yorkshire side sit only three points off the relegation zone. Forest manager Aitor Karanka bemoaned the Championship match schedule after the match, as he claimed that tiredness played a pivotal role in his side’s lacklustre display. Ten men, Bolton produced a gutsy display to claim a scoreless draw away at Ipswich. The tractor boys remain winless so far this season and sit second from last in the standings.

Sheffield United score late to crush Preston morale:

David McGoldrick scored three minutes from time to inflict a heart-breaking 3-2 loss on Preston. Goals from Billy Sharp and Chris Basham gave the home side a commanding two-nil lead heading into the final ten minutes. Two quick-fire Preston goals by Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson had looked like securing an unlikely away point for Alex Neill’s side. Ireland international McGoldrick pounced in the 87th minute to send the Lancashire side to the bottom of the table. Reading beat Hull City three nil in what proved to be their first win at the Madejski Stadium in six home games. Hull manager Nigel Adkins proclaimed his side were terrible from start to finish and deserved nothing from the game. Goals from Sam Baldock, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Andy Yiadom produced a much-needed victory for under-pressure Reading manager Paul Clement.

Saido Berahino missed a stoppage-time penalty as Blackburn survived a late Stoke onslaught to emerge with a 3-2 victory at the Bet365 Stadium. The away side were three goals to the good before the home side produced a thrilling end to the game.  Stoke produced an impressive 17 attempts on goal throughout the match, and manager Gary Rowett will be buoyed by their response to being three goals down at home. Tony Mowbray’s promoted side move to within four points of the automatic promotion places. A 77th-minute goal by Teemu Pukki was enough for Norwich to win away at QPR. The Finnish forward’s fifth league goal of the season proved vital as the Canaries produced two away wins in the week. The loss ends the west Londoners recent good form while Norwich jumps into the top half of the table.



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