Football League: 10-man Bristol City back on track with win over QPR

  • Robins win 2-0 despite Nathan Baker’s first-half red card
  • Chriss Powell wins first match as Southend manager


  • Bristol City won 2-0 despite being reduced to 10 men just after the half-hour mark against QPR when Nathan Baker was dismissed for a late challenge on Josh Scowen. Even though they were a player light, Famara Diédhiou opened the scoring in first-half injury-time, heading home a Ryan Kent corner. Bristol City went on to double their lead after their break through Joe Bryan, who was first to react to a rebound. Lee Johnson’s side move up to fourth after ending a run of seven winless games in all competitions.
  • Wolves took advantage of their closest rivals, Derby, not playing by beating Ipswich 1-0. Matt Doherty headed in the only goal of the match after good work from Alfred N’Diaye. The win leaves Wolves 12 points clear of the Rams who currently sit second.
  • Fulham left it late to complete a 3-1 win over Barnsley as Kevin McDonald and Ryan Sessegnon both scored in second-half injury-time. Liam Lindsay had put Barnsley ahead in the 31st minute but they were in trouble from the point Dimitri Cavaré was dismissed on the stroke of half-time. Fulham regrouped through Sessegnon’s equaliser before two strikes in time added on completed the turnaround and moved Fulham into the top six.
  • James Maddison once again showed why he is attracting interest from Premier League clubs by scoring the only goal in Norwich’s 1-0 win over Brentford at Griffin Park. The midfielder nutmegged an opponent before hitting a wondrous strike.
Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Wolverhampton 29 29 65
2 Derby 28 21 53
3 Cardiff 28 15 51
4 Bristol City 29 10 51
5 Aston Villa 28 17 50

Results: Barnsley 1-3 Fulham, Brentford 0-1 Norwich, Bristol City 2-0 QPR, Ipswich 0-1 Wolves.

League One

  • Southend fans will be hoping manager Chris Powell’s first game in charge was a sign of things to come after they witnessed a thrilling 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe, culminating in a 92nd-minute winner from Michael Turner. Powell’s team recovered from an early Tom Hopper goal to take the lead thanks to goals either side of half-time from Michael Kightly and Stephen McLaughlin but Kevin van Veen made things level in the 56th minute. As the points were set to be shared, Turner was the first one to react after a free-kick bounced into his path, allowing him to slide the ball home.
  • Play-off hopefuls Bradford were humbled 4-0 at home by AFC Wimbledon. Jimmy Abdou set the visitors on their way in the 14th minute, laying the foundations for Andy Barcham and two Cody McDonald goals to put them out of sight at Valley Parade.
  • Shrewsbury moved within two points of leaders Wigan after James Bolton scored the winner from close-range in the 1-0 win at Portsmouth, who had Adam May sent off late on. The Shrews are back up to second in the table after Blackburn were held at home by Northampton, with Danny Graham cancelling out John-Joe O’Toole’s opener for the visitors.
  • Gillingham were boosted by an injury-time winner when Tom Eaves struck to see off Fleetwood 2-1. Bristol Rovers eased their way to a 3-1 victory at Doncaster, despite going a goal down in the fourth minute. Plymouth held on to defeat Oldham 2-1 at Boundary Park.

Results: Blackburn 1-1 Northampton, Blackpool P-P Charlton, Bradford 0-4 Wimbledon, Doncaster 1-3 Bristol Rovers, Gillingham 2-1 Fleetwood, Oldham 1-2 Plymouth, Portsmouth 0-1 Shrewsbury, Southend 3-2 Scunthorpe.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Wigan 27 40 60
2 Shrewsbury 28 17 58
3 Blackburn 28 25 56
4 Scunthorpe 30 12 51
5 Bradford 30 -1 48

League Two

  • Crewe Alexandra managed to throw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 at Swindon, conceding three in the final 11 minutes. Marc Richards and Timi Elsnik scored twice each for Swindon, while Crewe’s advantage was earned through two from Callum Ainley and Ryan Wintle before they fell apart.
  • There was some positives for Crewe as their relegation rivals either lost were not playing, as Forest Green were defeated 1-0 at Carlisle. Grimsby were on the wrong end of the same scoreline as they hosted leaders Luton. It was the same story for strugglers Chesterfield, as Stevenage netted the only goal of the game. Bottom club Barnet drew 1-1 at Cheltenham.

Results: Carlisle 1-0 Forest Green, Cheltenham 1-1 Barnet, Chesterfield 0-1 Stevenage, Crawley 2-1 Accrington, Grimsby 0-1 Luton, Morecambe 1-2 Mansfield, Port Vale 2-2 Colchester, Swindon 4-3 Crewe.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Luton 29 37 60
2 Notts County 29 16 51
3 Mansfield 29 11 50
4 Wycombe 28 14 49
5 Accrington Stanley 28 14 49