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Championship roundup: Buendía hits Norwich winner as Swansea go second | Football


Championship leaders Norwich survived a late scare to secure a 1-0 win over Barnsley – their first victory in three games.

Emi Buendía scored the only goal after 62 minutes at Carrow Road, hitting a superb volley after controlling a lofted pass. It was a deserved win for the home side who would have won by a bigger margin, but the visitors nearly snatched a point in stoppage time when Michal Helik diverted a low cross just wide.

Jamal Lowe struck twice as Swansea came from behind to move up to second with with a 2-1 win over Watford at the Liberty Stadium. Tom Cleverley had fired the visitors into a 20th-minute lead but Lowe levelled before the break, then headed home a Korey Smith cross for the winner midway through the second half.

Lucas João was also on target twice as he made an impressive return from injury in Reading’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield. Fraizer Campbell gave the Terriers an early lead at the John Smith’s Stadium but João equalised seven minutes after the break. He then settled the contest with a superb turn and long-range strike 13 minutes later.

The return of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink as manager could not inspire bottom club Burton, who slipped to a 5-1 home defeat against Oxford. Matt Taylor and two Olamide Shodipo goals put the visitors out of sight, despite Kane Hemmings’ consolation, before the break, with Josh Ruffels adding a fourth and fifth in the second half. 

Tom Hopper pounced with just seven minutes left on the clock to extend Lincoln’s lead at the top to four points by beating AFC Wimbledon. Tayo Edun’s opener for the Imps was cancelled out by Ollie Palmer, only for Hopper to seal the points late on. 

A Hakeeb Adelakun tap-in set Hull on their way to victory over 10-man Charlton, who had Darren Pratley sent off, as the Tigers moved up to second. After Pratley was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident, Greg Docherty sealed the 2-0 victory. 

Brandon Hanlan and Sam Nicholson turned things around for Bristol Rovers after Gary Madine put Blackpool into an early lead. Hanlon could have made things easier but saw a penalty saved by loanee goalkeeper Sam Walker.

Luke Jephcott settled Plymouth Argyle’s clash with Gillingham in the Pilgrims’ favour. Northampton and Sunderland played out a goalless draw.

Wigan’s trip to Swindon  and Accrington v Portsmouth fell found of the weather, while four games were postponed for Covid-related reasons.

Wycombe remain at the bottom of the table after surrendering a lead to lose 3-1 at home to Middlesbrough. Uche Ikpeazu scored his first goal for the club after three minutes but Marcus Browne and Marcus Tavernier responded. Tavernier later hit the frame of the goal but Chuba Akpom put the result beyond doubt after a corner nine minutes from time.

Millwall’s poor home form continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Coventry at The Den. The Lions fell behind when Jake Cooper turned into his own net after 20 minutes and Gustavo Hamer added Coventry’s second six minutes later. Jed Wallace pulled one back from the penalty spot after 74 minutes but it was not enough for Millwall, who had Murray Wallace sent off late on as their winless home run extended to eight games.

Carlisle made the most of previous leaders Newport County’s frozen pitch to move into top spot after beating Walsall 2-0. Omari Patrick fired the opener into the roof of the net, with Joshua Kayode putting the result beyond doubt.

Mansfield did not look back after taking a first-minute lead against Port Vale through Ollie Clarke. Striker Jordan Bowery hit a hat-trick for the Stags in a game which effectively over when Valiants defender Leon Legge was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 47th minute. 

A Charlie Carter double took Stevenage out of the relegation places as they defeated Scunthorpe 2-1. Grimsby were the side who slipped into the bottom two, as they lost by the same scoreline at home to Cambridge.

Crawley ended the day in a playoff spot thanks to George Francomb’s goal at Bolton. A 17th goal of the season from Leyton Orient striker Danny Johnson was enough to see off Salford CityForest Green Rovers and Oldham were drawing 1-1 when the officials decided to abandon the match due to fog, resulting in limited visibility. 

The pitches at Harrogate and Barrow froze over and four more fixtures had to be postponed due to Covid issue.

Bradley Dack scored his first goal for over a year as Blackburn won 2-0 at Birmingham. Dack, who has been out injured for most of the past 12 months, struck in injury time at St Andrews to wrap up victory after Adam Armstrong had earlier claimed his 17th goal of the season.

Lewis Grabban scored a 70th-minute penalty as Nottingham Forest won 1-0 at Preston while Rotherham’s match with Cardiff was postponed an hour before kick-off following snow in South Yorkshire. Stoke face Bournemouth at home in the day’s late kick-off.



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