Championship round-up: Leeds United back into automatic promotion places with win against Preston and Bristol City beat fellow play-off hopefuls West Brom


Championship round-up: Leeds United back into automatic promotion places with win against Preston and Bristol City beat fellow play-off hopefuls West Brom

There were six games in the Championship on Tuesday evening with a number of teams chasing the play-off places in action.

Leeds United took full advantage and moved back up to second thanks to a Patrick Bamford double.

Patrick Bamford scored twice for Leeds

Here is how the teams got on:

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Derby County

Joe Rothwell’s first Blackburn goal helped Rovers to a 2-0 win over Derby and dent the Rams’ promotion charge.

Midfielder Rothwell struck in his 32nd appearance for Rovers before Bradley Dack added a late second as Derby dropped to eighth, three points adrift of the top six.

Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough cashed in to leapfrog them in the table and stay in touch with the top six as Ashley Fletcher’s brace secured a 2-0 win at Bolton.

Tony Pulis’ side are two points behind Aston Villa, playing a game more, while Bolton remain second bottom, eight points from safety with five games left.

Ashley Fletcher scored twice for Middlesbrough

Bristol City 3-2 West Brom

Bristol City survived a West Brom fightback to win a 3-2 thriller at Ashton Gate and move up to fifth.

The Robins raced into a 3-0 lead inside 20 minutes before Albion tried to mount a second-half recovery.

Josh Brownhill cashed in on sloppy Baggies defending to score after 62 seconds and Andi Weimann added a second on 16 minutes.

Jack Hunt scores for Bristol City

Two minutes later Jack Hunt scored his first goal for seven years but Dwight Gayle pulled a goal back for the Baggies just after the break.

Jay Rodriguez made it 3-2 with 16 minutes left but Bristol City hung on to inflict successive defeats on Albion, who sit fourth.

Preston North End 0-2 Leeds United

Patrick Bamford’s classy brace reignited Leeds’ automatic promotion charge in the Sky Bet Championship.

Bamford opened the scoring at Deepdale after 62 minutes when his superb low drive found the bottom corner from 25 yards.

By then Preston were already down to 10 men as Ben Pearson had been dismissed for a foul on the striker four minutes into the second half.

Bamford’s header from 12 yards sealed the points for Leeds with 14 minutes remaining.