Oli McBurnie’s fourth goal in five league games helped Sheffield United extend their lead to three points at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 2-0 win at Preston.
The Scotland international fired home from close range with 15 minutes remaining after Iliman Ndiaye had rifled the visitors ahead just before half-time. The victory for Paul Heckingbottom’s side was their fourth league win in a row and extended their impressive unbeaten run to eight games.
Steve Bruce remains under pressure after a contentious Norwich equaliser cost his West Brom side just a second league win of the season. Bruce had to endure jeers from his own supporters following the defeat to Birmingham in midweek and was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road despite the visitors being the better side.
Dara O’Shea’s header had set the Baggies on course for victory but a first Norwich goal for Sam Byram rescued a point for the below-par hosts, with West Brom furious the goal stood as they appealed in vain for handball against the full-back.
Sunderland substitute Jewison Bennette earned his side a 2-2 draw at Watford with a 87th-minute equaliser at Vicarage Road.
Shota Arveladze is feeling the pressure after Hull fell to a fourth consecutive defeat with a 3-0 loss at Swansea. Second-half goals from Ryan Manning, Luke Cundle and Joel Piroe left Hull languishing just above the relegation zone.
Arveladze, who took over as head coach shortly after Turkish owner Acun Ilicali bought the club in January, said: “I haven’t spoken to the owner. The boys are very, very down. We are on a bad run and we aren’t in form. We need a good day to come back. Yes, I feel under pressure. I will talk to myself about the situation, but on this form it is no surprise at all.”
Swansea lost Joe Allen to a new hamstring injury, but manager Russell Martin was hopeful it would not stop the midfielder taking part in the World Cup for Wales. “It’s his hamstring, but it’s not the one he has done before,” he said. “That’s why there’s not a huge amount of concern at the minute.”
Huddersfield claimed only their second league win of the season as veteran striker Jordan Rhodes fired them to a 1-0 home victory over Cardiff in their first game since the sacking of head coach Danny Schofield. Coaches Narcis Pelach and Paul Harsley were in temporary charge, Schofield having left the club with the Terriers in the bottom two.
Tom Ince’s brilliant free-kick just after the hour mark gave Reading a 1-0 victory at Wigan. The home side battled back in a tense eight minutes of added time, but Reading held on, with Ince’s strike earning the Royals a fifth win in seven matches.
Jay Rodriguez’s fifth goal of the season moved Burnley up to fourth as they extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bristol City. Until Rodiguez’s winner it had been a familiar story for Vincent Kompany’s team as they dominated possession but found it hard to build on Manuel Benson’s early goal at Turf Moor.
That was cancelled out by Nakhi Well’s close-range equaliser midway through the first half and it looked for a while as if Clarets would be held to their sixth draw of the season by a City team who defended resolutely. But Rodriguez made sure of the three points, sealing Burnley’s fourth league win of the season.
Second-half goals from Carlton Morris and Reece Burke saw Luton finally register a first home win of the season at the seventh attempt, 2-0 over Blackburn at Kenilworth Road. Morris volleyed home Jordan Clark’s cross before centre-back Burke produced a moment of magic to make the game safe.
Benik Afobe’s second-half strike earned Millwall a 2-1 victory over Blackpool at The Den. The hosts took the lead early in the first half when Dutchman Zian Flemming’s header squirmed agonisingly past Blackpool goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw and in for an own goal. The visitors pulled level before half-time when Dom Thompson teed up Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino, but Millwall dominated after the break as Afobe’s effort proved enough to secure a much-needed triumph for Gary Rowett’s men.
Gustavo Hamer saw red for Coventry as an entertaining derby with Birmingham at St Andrew’s ended goalless. The Brazilian-born Dutch midfielder was sent off for violent conduct in the 89th minute after earlier having had several chances for the bottom club, who have not won in 11 games since their 4-2 victory at Birmingham on 15 April, 155 days ago.
QPR and Stoke also played out a 0-0 draw in a match of few clear-cut chances at Loftus Road. Stoke had the better of the first half, with Dwight Gayle having an early effort disallowed for offside, and shaving the top of the bar with a free-kick. But he was taken off in the second half, meaning he has now failed to score in 38 appearances – a run stretching back to December 2020.
Middlesbrough remain in the bottom three after a 0-0 stalemate with Rotherham in the day’s late kick-off.