Championship round-up: Watford nick thriller against Huddersfield

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first_img1 Ten-man Watford kept up the heat on Championship table-toppers Nottingham Forest with a thrilling 4-2 win over Huddersfield at Vicarage Road.Troy Deeney celebrated signing a new four-year deal with the Hornets by opening the scoring on 15 minutes but the hosts were pegged back when Harry Bunn levelled moments after the restart.Both sides again traded blows with Almen Abdi putting Watford ahead and Murray Wallace’s header restoring parity.The game appeared to swing in the Terriers’ favour when Gabriel Tamas received a second yellow, but the Hornets rallied and Keith Andrews struck before Abdi notched his brace late on to wrap up the three points.In the day’s early kick-off, Forest ensured they remained a point clear at the top of the table with a battling 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday – Henri Lansbury first-half header’s proving decisive.Elsewhere, Wolves leapfrogged Norwich into third, comfortably beating Blackburn 3-1 to go level on points with Watford in second.Nouha Dicko’s header and Bakary Sako’s free-kick had the hosts 2-0 up before half-time, but a Jordan Rhodes penalty offered Rovers some hope.However, Sako then notched his brace just ten minutes later to make it four wins in five for the newly promoted side.Relegated Premier League outfits Fulham and Cardiff clashed at Craven Cottage but had to make do with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.Tim Hoogland’s header put Felix Magath’s side ahead but they were pegged back by Kenwyne Jones on 55 minutes.Elsewhere, Lewis Grabban threatened to upset his former club Bournemouth when he put Norwich 1-0 up, only for Callum Wilson to salvage a point with a sweet equaliser deep into first-half stoppage time.Managerless Leeds showed no signs of a hangover after sacking David Hockaday as Stephen Warnock’s drive was enough to see off Bolton 1-0.Reading also chalked up a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, Simon Cox finding the only goal of the game after just seven minutes at the Riverside Stadium.Wigan celebrated the biggest victory of the day, easily crushing Birmingham 4-0.Callum McManaman notched a brace either side of an Andrew Taylor strike, while Martyn Waghorn made it four on 77 minutes with a beautiful finish.But it was not such a sweet day for rock bottom Blackpool, who are still without a point this season as they suffered a fifth straight defeat, losing 2-1 at Millwall.Scott McDonald and Scott Malone put the Lions in front until Nile Ranger grabbed a consolation.Brentford moved up to eighth with an impressive 2-0 triumph at Rotherham with both goals coming at the end of each half.Andre Gray struck first for the visitors and Nick Proschwitz made sure of the points deep into injury time.Lastly, Lewis Dunk’s late header rescued Brighton a point in a 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic at the Amex Stadium.The defender had earlier grabbed the first of a suprising brace to cancel out Igor Vetokele’s opener.The Addicks thought they had nicked all three points when Vetokele grabbed his second on 75 minutes but up popped Dunk late on to send Brighton supporters into raptures. Watford’s Almen Abdi celebrates last_img

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