Championship round-up: Brighton leave it late to return to top, first Brentford win for Dean Smith and victory for Leeds

first_img Brighton left it late vs Charlton 1 Brighton returned to the top of the table as they left it late at home to ten-man Charlton, winning 3-2.The Seagulls remain the only team with an unbeaten record in the Football League after 19 games and they were close to defeat as Charlton took a 2-0 lead.Ademola Lookman, who was playing Sunday League football before signing for the Addicks last year, opened the scoring inside two minutes before Reza Ghoochannejhad soon doubled the scoreline.It looked like a Charlton fold was inevitable as James Wilson, on loan from Manchester United, pulled one back before the visitors were reduced to ten men. Patrick Bauer was shown a red card after tripping Bobby Zamora en route to goal. Zamora drew the hosts level after 83 minutes before Tomer Hemed’s header won it two minutes later.Dean Smith took charge of Brentford for the first time and his side were 2-0 winners over MK Dons at Griffin Park. Goals from Lasse Vibe and Alan Judge in either half gave the former Walsall manager a good start in the Bees’ hot seat.The mood was eased at Elland Road as Leeds United held off a second-half comeback at home to Hull.It is just the Whites’ third win in their last ten league matches and that is despite more off-field problems this week, consisting of contractual issues with youngster Sam Byram, pie tax and owner Massimo Cellino admitted to interfering with tactics at QPR last week.Steve Bruce’s Tigers were the better side but it was United who took their chances, with goals from Chris Wood and Tom Adeyemi before half-time. Ahmed Elmohamady pulled one back for Hull six minutes into the second half, but they could not find another as Steve Evans’ side held on.Redditch-born Joe Lolley scored for Huddersfield inside the opening minute to help them on their way to victory at Birmingham. Nahki Wells scored late on for the Terriers to secure a first win for German boss David Wagner.A miserable season for Bolton continued at home to Cardiff, despite the Trotters twice coming from behind.The Bluebirds were 3-2 winners with thanks to Anthony Pilkington’s goal ten minutes from time.Tony Watt and Scott Malone netted City’s other two goals, while Gary Madine and Dorian Dervite were on the score sheet for Wanderers, who are rooted at the bottom of the division.Paul Lambert won his second game in charge of Blackburn, 2-0 on the road at Bristol City, while Will Keane and Daniel Johnson’s second-half strikes gave Preston a 2-0 victory at local rivals Burnley.Managerless Fulham were comprehensively beaten 3-0 at Nottingham Forest, a Matt Mills double on either side of Chris O’Grady’s goal helping Dougie Freedman’s men to victory.Strugglers Rotherham were beaten 2-1 at home to Wolves, to leave Neil Redfearn’s side second-bottom of the Chamionship.Meanwhile, Aitor Karanka’s Boro finish the day top of the division after a 2-0 victory at Ipswich last night, with the final Championship game of the weekend taking place tomorrow as Sheffield Wednesday host Derby.On Thursday, Reading were beaten at home on Neil Warnock’s last game in temporary charge of QPR, with a late goal handing the Hoops victory.  ResultsBirmingham 0-2 HuddersfieldBolton 2-3 CardiffBrentford 2-0 MK DonsBrighton 3-2 CharltonBristol City 0-2 BlackburnBurnley 0-2 PrestonLeeds 2-1 HullNottm Forest 3-0 FulhamRotherham 1-2 Wolveslast_img