Tuesday 3rd December

Managerless Sheffield Wednesday shocked Sky Bet Championship leaders Leicester City as two goals from Connor Wickham handed them a 2-1 win at Hillsborough.

The Owls sacked Dave Jones on Sunday after just one win in all competitions so far this season but caretaker boss Stuart Gray managed to stop the rot after three consecutive losses.

Anthony Knockaert gave City the lead after just three minutes but Wickham equalised six minutes later and then scored the winner with a shot across goal that could well have been intended as a cross.

Queens Park Rangers moved level with the Foxes at the summit thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Charlie Austin netted his fifth goal in as many games at Loftus Road just before the half hour and Junior Hoilett doubled the lead in the second half.

Substitute Matt Phillips then scored a beauty in the second half after beating three men to seal the win.

Burnley were held to a goalless draw by Watford to slip to third while at the other end of the table Barnsley and Yeovil Town matched Wednesday on a good night for the bottom three.

Paddy McCourt had the managerless Tykes ahead against Brighton & Hove Albion when he embarked on a jinking run and, after playing a neat one-two with Marcus Tudgay, slotted past Tomasz Kuszczak 10 minutes before the break.

It was 2-0 five minutes after the break through Jacob Mellis before a Matt Upson header from a corner halved the deficit but Barnsley - who parted company with David Flitcroft at the weekend and had Micky Mellon in caretaker charge - held on.

There was a dramatic finish at Huish Park as Blackpool had three men sent off at the death in a 1-0 defeat to Yeovil Town.

John Lundstram scored the only goal after 21 minutes before Kirk Broadfoot was sent off in the 90th minute for a second bookable offence.

Ricardo Fuller was then given his marching orders after an off-the-ball clash before Gary MacKenzie was handed a second yellow card to leave Paul Ince's side with eight men.

Ipswich Town beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at Portman Road with Luke Hyam firing the home side ahead after just four minutes but Jordan Rhodes levelled things up for Rovers after half an hour.

Town started the second half in similar fashion to the first with Carlos Edwards regaining the lead in the 48th minute and an error from Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean allowed Frank Nouble to score four minutes from time.

There were also four goals at the Den as Millwall drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest.

Millwall took the lead after eight minutes through Steve Morison but Andy Reid grabbed one back for the visitors eight minutes before the interval.

Martyn Woolford gave the Lions their lead back early in the second half, although it was not to last for long with Nathaniel Chalobah heading home a corner to level things back up.

An emphatic finish from Lee Novak saw Birmingham City take a 29th-minute lead against Doncaster Rovers, but Rovers substitute David Cotterill lashed home a long range effort in a 1-1 draw.

Fourth-placed Reading claimed a 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic thanks to Billy Sharp who scored the only goal in the 13th minute to leave the Addicks just two points above the drop zone.

Huddersfield Town were also 1-0 winners over Bolton Wanderes as Oliver Norwood hit a stunning 71st-minute strike.

Wednesday 4th December

Super-sub Conor Sammon broke the hearts of 10-man Middlesbrough with a late winner as Derby County stretched their winning run to four matches to cement fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Steve McClaren won the League Cup and reached a UEFA Cup final during his tenure as Middlesbrough boss and, in his first managerial game against his old club, he saw his new team emerge somewhat lucky winners as Boro's brave resistance was finally broken.

Chris Martin had given Derby a 33rd-minute lead with his 10th goal of the season after Boro's Curtis Main was dismissed.

Dean Whitehead restored parity, before Sammon's late strike clinched a 2-1 win and the spoils for the Rams.

At Elland Road, Ross McCormack's brace secured three points for Leeds United against Wigan Athletic, who were led by caretaker manager Graham Barrow.

It was Leeds' fourth win in five and moved them up to seventh, just two points off the Play-Off places, while the Latics, who parted company with Owen Coyle on Monday, have now suffered three defeats on the spin and sit 14th.

McCormack scrambled home the opener in the 15th minute and that was his eighth goal in six matches.

His second, a curling free-kick, came with just 13 minutes remaining, and wrapped up a comfortable victory.

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