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Championship roundup: Zian Flemming fires Millwall into playoff places

Championship roundup: Zian Flemming fires Millwall into playoff places

  • Flemming scores three in 4-2 victory over Preston
  • Sheffield United return to top by beating Cardiff

Zian Flemming scored a brilliant hat-trick for Millwall to lift them back into the Championship playoff places as they beat Preston 4-2. Flemming’s double put Millwall ahead in the first 16 minutes of the game, but Preston pulled back when goals from Andrew Hughes and Ched Evans brought the scores level going into the break.

The Dutch midfielder completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute to put the Lions back in front before Charlie Cresswell added a fourth to take the Lions up to sixth in the table.

Sheffield United returned to winning ways following their loss to Rotherham on Tuesday with a 1-0 win against Cardiff. George Baldock scored the only goal of the game for the Blades to return to the top of the table, while the Bluebirds drop to 19th.

Matt Crooks’ late strike saw Middlesbrough snatch three points with a 2-1 win at Norwich. Josh Sargent scored his ninth of the campaign to put the Canaries ahead in the seventh minute, but Riley McGree levelled in the 64th minute. Michael Carrick’s rejuvenated side continued to search for a winner, with Crooks hitting a stoppage-time strike to make it four consecutive league games without a loss for Boro.

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Leaders Plymouth had to settle for a point after drawing 1-1 with Lincoln.

Adam Randell scored his third goal in five appearances for Argyle to open the scoring. Niall Ennis’ attempt was blocked but Randell was there to pounce on the rebound and fire home from 25 yards.

But the sides were all square when Max Sanders took advantage of Argyle’s failure to clear a corner and blasted the ball into the roof of the net to equalise one minute into stoppage time and lift the Imps to 13th in the table.

Second-placed Ipswich could not narrow the gap after their home clash with Cheltenham also ended 1-1. The Tractor Boys took an early lead from a Leif Davis corner, which Wes Burns dutifully flicked on to Luke Woolfenden to poke past Luke Southwood at the back post on eight minutes. But it was all tied up at the break after Ryan Broom found the back of the net.

Sheffield Wednesday moved within one point of Ipswich with a 1-0 win at AccringtonBurton climbed one place off the bottom following a 3-3 thriller with Charlton, who dropped two places to 11th place as a result. 

Jevani Brown smashed in a last-gasp, second-half stoppage-time winner as Exeter beat fourth-placed Peterborough 3-2. Timothee Dieng’s 27th-minute opener for Exeter was cancelled out 13 minutes later when Jonson Clarke-Harris sent a half-volley into the bottom-right corner. Ephron Mason-Clark gave Posh the lead but the hosts responded through Sam Nombe to set up the late drama.

Adam Mayor set up Liam Shaw’s opener for hosts Morecambe, who were held 1-1 by Portsmouth thanks to Colby Bishop’s equaliser midway through the second half.

Bolton held Cambridge to a goalless draw despite going down to 10 men after midfielder Kyle Dempsey was shown his second yellow card on 75 minutes.

That result opened the door for Derby, who moved into sixth with a 3-1 win away at MK Dons.

Adam Phillips struck a 10th-minute winner as Barnsley prevailed 1-0 at Shrewsbury, who dropped four places to 14th, while Oxford gained four spots with a 4-0 win over Port Vale thanks to braces from Billy Bodin and Matt Taylor.

David Wheeler and Garath McCleary netted in Wycombe’s 2-0 victory over struggling Forest Green, who slumped to the bottom of the table as their opponents climbed three places to 10th.

Fleetwood’s Shaun Rooney shocked Bristol Rovers with an equaliser nine minutes into second-half stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw.

Interim Luton manager Mick Harford saw his side snatch a late point at home to Rotherham as they drew 1-1. Former manager Nathan Jones left for Southampton on Thursday, and the Hatters went a goal down in the first minute of the game when Jamie Lindsay put the Millers in front, but Luke Berry scored in the 90th minute to earn a draw.

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Leyton Orient maintained their three-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two after a 2-0 win at Harrogate.

Paul Smyth’s early header and George Moncur’s penalty put Orient in control at half-time and that was enough for the Londoners as they bounced back from their midweek defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

The top three all recorded victories, with Stevenage needing a late goal from Danny Rose to see off second-bottom Hartlepool 1-0 and Northampton winning 2-0 at Gillingham. Sam Hoskins’ 13th league goal of the season gave the Cobblers a half-time lead and Kieron Bowie added a second after the break.

Bradford climbed above Barrow into fourth place after winning 2-0 at Sutton thanks to Andy Cook’s 12th league goal of the season and Scott Banks’ second-half effort.

Crawley’s Ashley Nadesan scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win against Barrow, who slipped to their first league defeat since mid-October.

Swindon moved level on points with Barrow despite being held 1-1 at home by Tranmere, with Jacob Wakeling cancelling out Josh Hawkes’ opener for the visitors. Tranmere’s Jordan Turnbull was sent off for his challenge on Frazer Blake-Tracy in stoppage time.

Carlisle dropped out of the top seven after being held 0-0 at home by Walsall, while Salford also drew 0-0 at home against AFC Wimbledon.

Mansfield climbed back into the play-off places as George Maris scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Rochdale.

Dan Agyei’s late header gave Crewe a 1-0 home win against bottom club Colchester and Doncaster were 3-1 winners at Grimsby, where George Miller’s brace sandwiched Harrison Biggins’ effort before John McAtee’s late consolation for the Mariners.

Paddy Madden’s seventh league goal of the season secured Stockport a 2-1 win at Newport. Chris Hussey’s second-half free-kick hauled Stockport level after Aaron Lewis had given Newport an interval lead and Madden fired a second-half winner.

Liam Rosenior’s first home game in charge of Hull ended in defeat as the Tigers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Reading thanks to a late own goal. Jacob Greaves put Hull in front before Yakou Méïté equalised, but a rebound off Ryan Longman saw Hull concede right at the death.

Coventry continued their good spell of form as goals in each half from Viktor Gyokeres saw them earn their fourth straight league win with a 2-0 victory against QPR.

Struggling Wigan left it late as Curtis Tilt’s header saw them beat 10-man Blackpool 2-1. Marvin Ekpiteta was sent off for Blackpool in the 17th minute, but they took the lead through Gary Madine. James McClean levelled for the Latics nine minutes into the second half and Tilt found the winner with two minutes left on the clock.

The Tangerines drop into the relegation zone, while West Brom climb out of the bottom three into 21st after a 2-0 win against Stoke. Kyle Bartley put the Baggies in front six minutes before the break and Brandon Thomas-Asante doubled their lead early in the second half with an overhead kick.

Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield held Swansea to a 0-0 draw while Bristol City and Watford also finished goalless.

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