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Norwich back on top of Championship after late winner

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Norwich returned to the top of the Championship thanks to a late goal at Blackburn that earned them a 1-0 win on Saturday while West Brom thumped Rotherham 4-0.Photo/ NorwichCityFC

Norwich returned to the top of the Championship thanks to a late goal at Blackburn that earned them a 1-0 win on Saturday while West Brom thumped Rotherham 4-0.

With leaders Leeds not playing until Sunday, Norwich knew a victory at Ewood Park would take them top and Teemu Pukki ensured they earned all three points with an 86th-minute goal.

Dwight Gayle fired a hat-trick as West Brom kept the heat on the top two with their dismantling of Rotherham.

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Gayle had his treble wrapped up by the 54th minute, with the other from Harvey Barnes.

Middlesbrough are fourth, George Friend scoring to earn a 1-0 win at managerless Reading, while Billy Sharp’s goal shortly after the break earned Sheffield United a 1-1 draw at Ipswich, who had gone in front through Ellis Harrison.

Derby and Bristol City played out a 1-1 draw, Jamie Paterson and Martyn Waghorn trading goals, while Saido Berahino struck as Stoke beat Millwall 1-0.

Birmingham enjoyed a fine away day at Wigan, returning from Lancashire with a 3-0 win. Che Adams got them going, with Michael Morrison and Jacques Maghoma also on target.

Managerless Sheffield Wednesday beat Preston 1-0. Ben Pearson’s 26th-minute red card gave them a leg up, with Michael Hector scoring just after the hour.

Neal Maupay ended Brentford’s horror run of form as they beat struggling Bolton 1-0, while QPR won at Nottingham Forest thanks to Toni Leistner’s strike.


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