Football League: Roofe hands Leeds equaliser as Sheffield United go top

  • Kemar Roofe’s equaliser given despite clear handball
  • Billy Sharp hat-trick against Wigan sends Blades top of table


Leeds scored a highly disputed equaliser in drawing 1-1 with Nottingham Forest, who led after Jack Robinson’s 11th minute header. In the 82nd minute, Mateusz Klich crossed the ball in before Kemar Roofe clearly handled the ball to guide it into the net as referee Geoff Eltringham waved away Forest protests.

After Middlesbrough’s lunchtime draw with Derby had opened the door, Sheffield United seized the chance to claim top spot by beating Wigan 4-2. Defender Chey Dunkley put through his own net for Blades’ opener before Kal Naismith’s equaliser. Billy Sharp’s roofed finish on the stroke of half-time put United ahead.

United had not lost in any of the last 40 matches in which the club captain had scored and another Sharp strike put Chris Wilder’s team out of sight. He claimed his hat-trick with a delicate dink, his first treble in a decade. Joe Garner’s late goal was only a consolation for Wigan.

With Paul Lambert, announced as the club’s new manager on Saturday morning, watching from the stands, bottom-placed Ipswich lost 3-0 at Millwall, who swiftly took the lead through Lee Gregory’s close-range finish. The striker scored his second from a similar distance to end Ipswich’s hopes of giving Lambert more to work with and Ryan Leonard’s smart finish compounded their misery.

Norwich are up to fourth in the table after a 1-0 defeat of Brentford. Emi Buendía’s goal came after an earlier glaring miss and Jordan Rhodes missed a penalty just before half-time.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Sheff Utd 15 9 29
2 Leeds 15 14 27
3 Middlesbrough 15 9 27
4 Norwich 15 3 27
5 West Brom 15 10 25

Harrison Reed’s 25-yard strike in the 71st minute grabbed a deserved equaliser in Blackburn’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, who had taken the lead through a first-half Craig Dawson header.

Birmingham pegged back Sheffield Wednesday after Steven Fletcher’s early goal through Connor Mahoney’s long-range finish before taking control. Lukas Jutkiewicz’s fine run of form continued with a powerful header before Che Adams made it 3-1, Birmingham’s fourth consecutive win.

Reading failed to climb out of the bottom three when losing 2-0 at Swansea for whom Ollie McBurnie scored both goals. Darren Fletcher scored Stoke’s winner at Bristol City, notching with his left foot from Joe Allen’s flick to lift Gary Rowett’s team to 13th.

Preston stayed unbeaten in five matches but could only draw 1-1 with Rotherham. Michael Smith’s goal cancelled out Tom Barkhuizen’s headed opener for North End.

Championship results

Middlesbrough 1-1 Derby, Birmingham 3-1 Sheff Wed, Bolton 0-1 Hull, Bristol City 0-1 Stoke, Millwall 3-0 Ipswich, Norwich 1-0 Brentford, Preston 1-1 Rotherham, Sheff Utd 4 -2 Wigan, Swansea 2-0 Reading, West Brom 1-1 Blackburn, Leeds L-L Nottm Forest


League One

Portsmouth led for just two minutes of their 1-1 draw with Accrington. Ollie Hawkins gave Pompey a 62nd minute lead only for Michael Ihiekwe’s header to cancel out the leaders’ advantage. Accrington remain in a play-off position.

That allowed chasers Peterborough to close the gap to two points after their 2-1 win at Burton. Siriki Dembélé scored the winning goal after Jamie Allen had equalised Joe Ward’s opener.

In the local derby between Fleetwood and Blackpool, Joey Barton’s team blazed into an early lead after goals from Wes Burns and Ross Wallace but had to hold on for a 3-2 win. Paddy Madden’s goal proved enough when Jordan Thompson and Nathan Delfouneso scored for Blackpool.

Sunderland secured a fifth successive victory in beating Southend with captain George Honeyman nodding the first goal before Chris Maguire’s 30-yard pile-driver and Aiden McGeady’s first goal since March.

Rock-bottom Bradford’s misery continued with a punishing 4-0 defeat at Gillingham, their sixth successive loss, with Regan Charles-Cook opening the scoring before Tom Eaves scored twice either side of an Elliot List goal.

Plymouth continued their recent revival with a 4-1 away win at Scunthorpe to pull themselves within a point of safety.

League One results

Accrington 1-1 Portsmouth, Barnsley 1-0 Bristol Rovers, Burton 1-2 Peterborough, Coventry 2-1 Doncaster, Fleetwood 3-2 Blackpool, Gillingham 4-0 Bradford, Oxford 3-0 Shrewsbury, Rochdale 1-0 Charlton, Scunthorpe 1-4 Plymouth, Sunderland 3-0 Southend, Walsall 3-2 Wycombe, Wimbledon 0-2 Luton

League Two

Having drawn their last two matches, leaders Lincoln lost 1-0 at Colchester to a Frankie Kent goal but MK Dons, who drew 1-1 at Mansfield, failed to fully capitalise.

Tranmere’s hunt for a second successive promotion got back on track with a crushing 5-1 defeat of Crawley with Connor Jennings, James Norwood (twice), Adam Buxton and Paul Mullin in the goals. Rovers are in seventh, the final play-off position.

Yeovil fans who made the 375-mile trip to Carlisle had to wait until the 96th minute to see Tom James grab the winner in a 1-0 win. James’s late goal also meant there were no goalless draws on Saturday in the Football League.

Macclesfield stayed bottom of the 92 after losing at Cambridge, who scored their 80th minute goal through Jabo Ibehere.

League Two results

Cambridge 1-0 Macclesfield, Carlisle 0-1 Yeovil, Cheltenham 0-2 Stevenage, Colchester 1-0 Lincoln, Crewe 2-0 Grimsby, Exeter 1-2 Forest Green, Mansfield 1-1 MK Dons, Newport 1-1 Morecambe, Northampton 2-1 Oldham, Notts County 1-2 Swindon, Port Vale 1-0 Bury, Tranmere 5-1 Crawley