Championship round-up: Bournemouth move top after thriller as Birmingham hit Reading for six

first_img Kermorgant celebrates his fine free-kick 1 Bournemouth’s fine start to the season continued as they won 5-3 against Cardiff City in a ding-dong battle at the Goldsands.The home side took the lead after 39 seconds with Matt Ritchie opening the scoring after meeting Callum Wilson’s cross to fire past David Marshall.A crazy three minutes before half time brought three goals, first Harry Arter put the Cherries 2-0 up, before Kenwyne Jones gave the Welsh club hope, but it was short lived as the south coast club restored their two-goal advantage seconds before half time when Mark Pugh scored the goal of the game, dinking over Marshall to bring a breathless first half to a close.And the goals continued to flow at Goldsands Stadium in the second half with Cardiff reducing the deficit to one goal two minutes into the second half as Sean Morrison headed home a Peter Whittingham cross. Yann Kermorgant seemingly sealed the win with a fine curling free kick into the top corner, but the Bluebirds battled back again as Morrison bundled home his second of the game.The win was completed for Eddie Howe’s men when former Coventry striker Wilson fired home in the 89th minute to put the Cherries top of the Championship.Gary Rowett’s fine start to life at Birmingham continued as his side hit Reading for six at St Andrews.Paul Caddis and Demarai Gray both scored inside the first 11 minutes as the Blues flew out the blocks against Cardiff.Reading reduced the arrears eight minutes later when Glenn Murray, on loan from Crystal Palace, pulled a goal back for the Royals, heading Jordan Obita’s cross into the bottom corner. But their joy was to be short lived as Gray struck his second of the game to restore Birmingham’s two-goal advantage.  And Gray completed his hat-trick seconds before the break when he finished a rapid Blues break to fire home from David Davis’ cross.It went from bad to worse for Nigel Adkins’ men when Andrew Shinnie made it 5-0 just 32 seconds into the second half and David Cotterill made it six with a stunning free kick after 60 minutes.Brentford returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers thanks to goals from Jonathan Douglas, Andre Gray and Jota.Douglas gave Brentford the lead inside 20 minutes as he met Jake Bidwell’s ball and fire into the top scorer but before the break it was 1-1 as Blackburn’s giant striker Rudy Gestede brought Rovers level. The Bees’ went ahead ten minutes into the second half as former Luton striker Andre Gray put the hosts 2-1 up and Jota secured the three point’s midway through the second half.  At Carrow Road, a stunning second half display ensured Norwich eased to a 5-0 victory over ten-man Huddersfield.Murray Wallace saw red after 16 minutes for the Terriers but, after hanging on until the break, five second half goals from the host’s gave them victory as a brace from Bradley Johnson, and a goal apiece for Nathan Redmond, Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban fired the Canaries to seventh.At Vicarage Road, Watford secured another three points as they continue their push for promotion with a 2-1 win over Wigan.In-form Troy Deeney gave the host’s the lead before Chris McCann brought the Latics level prior to the break, but late on Deeney doubled his personal tally to hand the Hornets all three points.Steven Davies secured a late point for Blackpool in the capital as he struck an 89th minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Charlton.The visitors took an early lead through Chris Eagles before a Yoni Buyens penalty and a Jordan Cousins strike gave the host’s the lead, but Davies came to the rescue for Lee Clark’s men for the second week running as he struck a late leveller.In Yorkshire, Leeds United fell to a 1-0 defeat to Fulham as Hugo Rodallega scored the game’s only goal to give Kit Symons’ men a crucial win.Leon Clarke fired Wolves back to winning ways at Hillsborough as he fired home in the 84th minute to send them up to 12th in the Championship.Elsewhere, there were goalless draws at the Macron Stadium and the New York Stadium between Bolton and Ipswich and Rotherham and Nottingham Forest respectively.Championship results in full:M’boro 2 – 0 DerbyBirmingham 6 – 1 ReadingBolton 0 – 0 IpswichBournemouth 5 – 3 CardiffBrentford 3 – 1 BlackburnCharlton 2 – 2 BlackpoolLeeds 0 – 1 FulhamNorwich 5 – 0 HuddersfieldRotherham 0 – 0 Nottm ForestSheff Wed 0 – 1 WolvesWatford 2 – 1 Wiganlast_img

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