Championship wrap: Fulham beats Wolves


Sunderland rescued a 3-3 draw at home to Middlesbrough in a derby clash that saw two players sent off in the EFL Championship on Sunday (AEDT), while leader Wolverhampton Wanderers dropped points for third game in a row in a 2-0 defeat at Fulham.

The thriller at The Stadium Of Light was by no means the only high-scoring match of the day, as Aston Villa ran out a 4-2 winner at Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Derby County played out a 3-3 draw and Nottingham Forest hammered Queens Park Rangers 5-2 away from home.

Barnsley moved out of the bottom three at the expense of host Birmingham City thanks to an Oliver McBurnie-inspired 2-0 win, while fellow struggler Burton Albion lost 1-0 at home to Millwall. 

There were also 1-0 wins for Leeds United and Ipswich Town against Brentford and Preston North End respectively, while Norwich City was held to a goalless draw at home to Bolton Wanderers.

The match of the day was at The Stadium of Light, where Sunderland went into an early lead through Joel Asoro, before being reduced to 10 men thanks to a crude Jake Clarke-Salter challenge.

Boro's numerical advantage lasted until the 37th minute when Adama Traore was shown red for an incident off the ball, but the visitors still managed to equalise just after the break through Patrick Bamford.

Tthey were 2-1 up soon after, as Grant Leadbitter converted a penalty, only for Jonny Williams to make it 2-2 in the 58th minute.

Bamford's second of the day seemed to have secured all three points for Boro, but substitute Callum McManaman levelled in the sixth minute of stoppage-time, celebrating by running up to Tony Pulis – his former manager at West Bromwich Albion, and cupping an ear in his direction.

Steve Bruce's Villa showed immense character as it came from behind twice at Hillsborough before beating Wednesday.

Sean Clare initially put the home side ahead in the 14th minute and Lewis Grabban soon hit back, but Lucas Joao restored Wednesday's lead on the stroke of half-time.

Back came Villa, however, as Glenn Whelan scored their second equaliser of the day just after the hour, and it then completed the turnaround in a spell of late drama.

Conor Hourihane's 87th-minute effort was followed up by a Robert Snodgrass penalty, moving Villa to within a point of second-placed Cardiff City, which faces Bristol City on Monday (AEDT).

League leaders Wolves suffered another disappointment in their quest for automatic promotion, following up draws with Norwich and Preston by losing to Fulham.

Ryan Sessegnon continued his remarkable season by scoring his 13th Championship goal of the campaign, despite being just 17 years old and a left-back, to give Fulham the lead late in the first half.

Aleksandar Mitrovic clinched the win to extend Fulham's unbeaten run to 12 league games in the 71st minute, producing a fine finish from just outside the area, meaning Cardiff can close to within six points of Wolves if it comes out on top against Bristol City.