Norwich Move to Top Spot in Championship with Millwall Win

Norwich regain top spot in Championship with Millwall win

Norwich City moved back to the top of the second-tier English Championship with a 3-1 win away to Millwall on Saturday.

The Canaries kicked off in south London in second place after Leeds United’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

But this victory saw Norwich go two points clear of Leeds and move five clear of third-placed Sheffield United.

The Blades, however, will join Leeds on 67 points in the race for automatic promotion if they win away to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday in Monday’s Steel City derby at Hillsborough.

Norwich went ahead in the 16th minute at The Den, Marco Stiepermann following up into an unguarded net after Jordan Archer had saved from Onel Hernandez.

The Lions were back on level terms shortly before half-time through a header from Shaun Williams after Steve Morison had flicked on a corner with his heel.

But second-half goals from Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki ultimately saw Norwich to a comfortable win in south London.

Elsewhere Aston Villa, who had won just one of their previous 10 league matches, overpowered Derby County 4-0 at Villa Park.

Conor Hourihane opened the scoring after nine minutes before Villa struck three times in a mere eight minutes at the end of the first half.

Tammy Abraham scored his 21st goal of the season before setting up Hourihane for his second and Villa’s third soon afterwards.

In injury time, Jack Grealish, after three months out with injury and captaining the side for the first time, let fly with a stunning volley that condemned the Rams to a third straight league defeat.

Hull City continued their push for a play-off place with a 2-0 win over Birmingham City, Jarrod Bowen scoring both goals.

But Nottingham Forest’s play-off hopes suffered a setback with a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, with Peter Etebo and Benik Afobe the goal-scorers.

Relegation-threatened Rotherham United secured a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers at the New York Stadium following just one victory in their previous 18 league games.

Ipswich Town were left at the bottom of the table after losing 2-1 to fellow strugglers Reading at Portman Road while relegation candidates Bolton Wanderers, reduced to nine men, lost 2-0 at Swansea City.


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