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  1. Kemar Roofe scores his first Leeds goal
  2. Chris Wood seals 2-0 win over Aston Villa
  3. Preston have Beckford & Doyle sent off for fighting each other
  4. Brighton held 0-0 & miss chance to go top
  5. Norwich end losing run with 5-0 win
  6. Fulham thrash high-flyers Reading 5-0

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By Rob Stevens

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Well, that brings an end to our coverage of today's Championship action.

It was quite the ride, with Norwich and Fulham both hitting five goals, Brighton missing the chance to go top, Leeds winning against Aston Villa... And then the shenanigans at Hillsborough, of course.

I'll be back on Friday for Leeds' trip to Brighton, when the Seagulls will, for a second time, be looking to go top of the table and the Whites will be aiming for a sixth win in seven.

Until then, goodbye.

The day's biggest talking point...

FT: Sheff Wed 2-1 Preston

Preston North End had strikers Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle sent off for fighting one another during their 2-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

And so the final word of the day should probably belong to their manager Simon Grayson, who wasn't a happy bunny...

Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford fight "a disgrace", says Preston boss

'As badly as we have started for a while'

FT: Burton Albion 2-1 Rotherham

Matty Palmer (right)
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Burton Albion moved up to 19th in the Championship by beating Rotherham at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton manager Nigel Clough: "It was hard going at times, they were very spirited and put us on the back foot. That was as badly as we have started for a while. 

"It was important to get the goal (after 15 minutes) and wear them down and break their spirit. I am disappointed we conceded but it doesn't detract from the three points."

'A valuable point well earned'

FT: Blackburn 1-1 Huddersfield

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Struggling Blackburn came from behind to draw with play-off contenders Huddersfield.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle: "It was a different type of performance from what we've had as of late. 

"In terms of the best goalscoring chances they probably came from ourselves. I think it is a valuable point and one that was well earned."

'We have to make sure it doesn't happen again'

FT: Norwich 5-0 Brentford

Maxime Colin (left) and Josh Murphy (right)
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Brentford suffer their fourth loss in a row after being comprehensively beaten at Norwich.

Brentford boss Dean Smith: "I've told the players it's the worst performance I've had as a manager. The players have to look in the mirror. I'll look in the mirror as well.

"But after the third goal I thought a few of us gave up. We have to make sure it doesn't happen again."

'If you're not switched on you make it easier for the opposition'

FT: Fulham 5-0 Reading

Jaap Stam
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Chris Gunter scored an own goal as 10-man Reading were thrashed at Fulham.

Reading boss Jaap Stam: "We knew they were going to be very aggressive and we were prepared.

"But if you’re not switched on, not sharp enough when you have the ball, in your one-on-ones defensively and communication-wise, you make it easier for the opposition."

'We were on top when a flying bomb hit the top corner'

FT: Bristol City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy (right)
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Ipswich drop to 16th in the Championship after losing 2-0 at Bristol City.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: "The difference between teams was a penalty and a worldie. They started well, but we got to grips to that. 

"It was a penalty. Tammy Abraham reacted quicker than any of our players to the situation

"We were then on top when an unbelievable flying bomb hit the top corner of our net for the second goal. It was absolutely unstoppable."

'The last 10 to 15 minutes were always going to be nervy'

FT: Wigan 0-1 Derby

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Derby secured a fifth straight victory as Steve McClaren's side beat struggling Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "We had a great start and for some reason we kind of took our foot off the pedal when we needed to go up. 

"We knew this would be a difficult place to come and, when we didn't manage to get the second goal, the last 10 to 15 minutes were always going to be a bit nervy."

More EFL reaction to come...

Before we wrap up our live text coverage of the day's EFL action, we've still got some Championship manager reaction to run through just yet.

So please do stay with us for a wee bit longer as we reflect on anything you might've missed...

'We showed spirit'

FT: Leeds 2-0 Aston Villa

I don't think we played at our best, but it's hard to be critical after a difficult week. I think we deserved the win and we showed great spirit and character. When the first goal came we started to play. We have a busy period coming up before Christmas and we will have to play better.

Garry MonkLeeds United boss on Sky Sports

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FT: Leeds 2-0 Aston Villa

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It looks a lot warmer there than it is here, that's for sure...

Leeds up to fourth

FT: Leeds 2-0 Aston Villa

Victory over Villa moves Leeds up to fourth in the Championship table.

That is the Whites' highest league position since Italian Massimo Cellino bought the club.

His faith in Garry Monk is being rewarded.

Leeds are now seven points behind second-placed Brighton, who they face on Friday.

Here's how the top half looks after today's results:

Championship table
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FT: Leeds 2-0 Aston Villa

It was massive to get the goal and the win. It was a great cross from Souleymane and good to get my head on it. The team worked so hard today. It is all abut performances and results.

Kemar RoofeLeeds United forward on Sky Sports


Leeds 2-0 Aston Villa

Rob Green

And there is the final whistle.

Leeds secure their fifth win in six Chanmpionship games and end Villa's seven-match unbeaten run under new boss Steve Bruce.

United are up to fourth in the table.

GOAL: Leeds 2-0 Aston Villa

Chris Wood

This time Leeds do punish Villa and wrap up the victory.

Hadi Sacko is gifted the ball and bursts forward. He holds off Tommy Elphick in the box and Pierluigi Gollini can't save his shot.

The ball squrims towards the line and Chris Wood gets there before Elphick and slides the ball in.

That's Wood's 10th league goal of the season.

Leeds fans are enjoying this.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Another Villa attack breaks down but Leeds can't counter.

They are going long now.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Leeds are enjoying the odd break in stoppage time. Wood again gets the ball in the box, but he can't find a teammate with his pull-back.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Chris Wood comes close to doubling the United lead.

Charlie Taylor finds him at the back post with a deep cross from the left and Wood controls well.

However, his effort is blocked by the defence. Villa survive.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa

We are into five minutes of added time at Elland Road.

Time for a Villa equaliser yet.


Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew picks up a late caution for a shove on Leeds right-back Luke Ayling, who was doing a cheeky bit of time-wasting.

Gamesmanship from the United man.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Chris Wood has not had too a sniff at goal this evening but the Leeds striker has led the line well, closing down the Villa defence and full of running.

He wins a throw-in in the Villa half.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Amavi gifts Leeds a corner with a wayward back-pass which keeper Pierluigi Gollini can't control.

More time for Leeds to wind the clock down in the Villa half.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Leeds v Aston Villa

Villa are definitely doing the probing at the moment, working the ball with urgency,

Leeds are doing well to put the visitors under pressure with some strong closing down.

Hadi Sacko wins the ball and then a free-kick for the hosts on the right. A chance to alleviate the pressure slightly.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Garry Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood combine well to allow Jack Grealish to win a corner for Villa.

Jordan Ayew takes it from the right but it's easily cleared away by the Leeds defence.

'This afternoon I'll try to be satisfied'

FT: Fulham 5-0 Reading

Chris Martin (left) scores for Fulham
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Fulham thrashed third placed Reading with Chris Martin scoring twice for the hosts.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: “We played a very good game, we tried to press them very high. This is one of the teams who has more possession in the Championship. 

"But we moved the ball and didn’t give them too much space to think and move without the ball.

“Normally I am never satisfied, but this afternoon I’ll try to be satisfied. But we can still do better in the future.”  


Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Kemar Roofe
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The Leeds United goalscorer Kemar Roofe is withdrawn for Alex Mowatt. There's just a little more than 10 minutes left in this one.

In the meantime, Villa have brought on Gabby Agbonlahor and Jordan Ayew for Rudy Gestede and Albert Adomah.

The last roll of the dice for visiting boss Steve Bruce. His unbeaten record is under threat.


Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Pontus Jansson brings the ball out from the back, channeling Beckenbauer, and bursts into teh VIlla half.

The defender goes down under the challenge of Mile Jedinak, but ref Peter Bankes decides he's there was nothing there and gives eh Swede a yellow card for simulation.

Jedinak is on a booking himself, so maybe Jansson was trying to get the Villa man sent off.


Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Leeds make their first change of the match, as Souleymane Doukara is replaced by fellow winger Stuart Dallas.

Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Jack Grealish almost makes an impact by finding Ashley Westwood, but his Villa teammate can't get on the end of it and Leeds clear.

'It was our best performance of the season'

FT: Norwich 5-0 Brentford

Robbie Brady
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Norwich City ended their poor run of five consecutive defeats by thrashing Brentford 5-0.

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "Today was in complete contrast to our recent performances, we played really well. 

"This time around we got ourselves in a decent position and kicked on. It was our best performance of the season, every player responded."

GOAL: Leeds 1-0 Aston Villa

Kemar Roofe

Leeds get the opener with the first effort on target of the evening.

Souleymane Doukara swings in a peach of a ball from the left wing and there is Kemar Roofe to get his head on it in front of Villa keeper Pierluigi Gollini.

That's his first goal since moving to Elland Road in the summer and it was a great header.

Marching On Together rings out among the United fans.

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Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa make the first change of the evening.

Jack Grealish replaces Gary Gardner in a straight swap.

Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa midfielder Gary Garner unleashes a shot from 30-odd yards.

It's fairly tame, straight at Rob Green and right down the former England stopper's throat.

Those kind of efforts have squirmed through his hands before though.

The shot count ticks up.

Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

Souleymane Doukara puts in a threatening low ball from the left-hand side.

It's too far in front of Chris Wood but at least it forces Villa keeper Pierluigi Gollini into action.

Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

Leeds fans shout for a penalty but referee Peter Bankes is unmoved.

Kemar Roofe latches onto a poorly cleared ball in the box and gets a foot to the ball before Mile Jedinak

Roofe goes down under a fairly light challenge from the Australian, prompting claims from the United support.

Not given.

'Nobody is more devastated than me'

FT: Burton Albion 2-1 Rotherham

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Rotherham's winless run now stretches to 15 matches with caretaker boss Paul Warne losing his first game in charge.

Rotherham United interim boss Paul Warne: “I honestly believed that today we would win. I’ve tried to put that into the lads all week, especially today and they were desperate to win for themselves and for me. 

“When I walked off the pitch I had players come up to me and apologise and look visibly devastated, but nobody is more devastated than me because I would have loved to have won for the fans that came, my family, myself and for the lads."

Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

Leeds have a decent spell of possession in the Villa half but it comes to nothing.

Jonathan Kodija takes on Luke Ayling at the other end and beats him - but his low cross is cleared.

Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

You wait ages for some real action, and then there's a sudden flurry.

Green is called into action once again, this time parrying away a rasping effort from Ashley Westwood.

Villa are looking much more threatening since the break.


Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa

Albert Adomah

As if on cue, Villa winger Albert Adomah runs at the heart of the Leeds defence.

He gets a lucky rebound and bursts through the centre into the box.

However, Leeds keeper Rob Green rushes out and gets a leg on Adomah's effort to put it behind.

The officials don't spot the save and Leeds get a goal kick.

'We can have a good week now'

FT: Bristol City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Lee Tomlin
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Lee Tomlin and Luke Freeman score as Bristol City beat Ipswich to end a three-match losing run.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson: "That's a big win today because we can look ahead again. I picked an experienced side and it was a strong spine that we decided on.

"We can have a good week now. We needed this win. The players deserved it."