Dean Smith’s side had a week to remember as three successive victories catapulted the side into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table. Following last Saturday’s 3-2 win at Preston North End, goals from Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay ensured that Brentford took the points as they visited Birmingham City on Wednesday night. The victory at St Andrew’s did come at a cost with Henrik Dalsgaard picking up an injury which will keep him out of Denmark’s World Cup Qualifying Play-Off against Ireland next weekend.
Back-to-back wins became three in a row as The Bees concluded their perfect week with a 3-1 victory over Leeds United in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Maupay grabbed his second in as many matches to put Smith’s side in front midway through the first-half. The game looked to be turning in the visitor's favour as Watkins missed a late first-half penalty and Ezgjan Alioski equalised with just over 20 minutes to play. However, The Bees responded late on thanks to goals from Yoann Barbet and Ryan Woods to seal a third straight win.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United have opened up a little cushion at the top of the Championship table after their wins and Cardiff City’s defeat at fourth-placed Bristol City over the weekend. A pair of set-piece goals were enough for Wolves to ease past Fulham on Friday night while Leon Clarke scored all four as The Blades demolished Hull City at Bramall Lane. At Ashton Gate, Omar Bogle went from hero to zero as he scored, but was then sent off, as The Bluebirds lost for only the third time this season: Aden Flint scoring the winner after the break.
Middlesbrough moved up to fifth on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over bottom of the table Sunderland, who parted company with Simon Grayson following Tuesday’s draw with Bolton Wanderers. Aston Villa remain in the Play-Off places despite losing at home to Sheffield Wednesday and seeing John Terry hobble off with a suspected broken metatarsal. Elsewhere, Birmingham City’s defeat to Barnsley leaves Steve Cotterill’s side inside the bottom three. Burton Albion jumped out of the relegation zone at Blues thanks to a win at Millwall while QPR set an unwanted EFL record after failing to win at The City Ground at the 29th consecutive attempt, Forest running out 4-0 winners. In the weekend’s other games, Reading beat Derby County 4-2, Bolton Wanderers picked up their second win of the campaign after a 2-1 win over Norwich City, and Ipswich Town cruised past Preston North End.
World Football news
The new week spelled an end to Slaven Bilic’s tenure as West Ham manager following their 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Saturday which left The Hammers in the Premier League drop zone. David Moyes is the early favourite for the job with West Ham having picked up just nine points from 11 games this campaign. At the top of the Premier League, Manchester City’s imperious form shows no signs of abating after they beat Arsenal 3-1 to go eight points clear. Chelsea’s win over Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur’s victory over Crystal Palace mean just a point separates second and fourth with The Gunners, Burnley, and Liverpool a further three points back.
The First Round of the Emirates FA Cup produced its traditional assortment of upsets with National League South Oxford City knocking out League Two Colchester United, National League Boreham Wood defeating League One Blackpool, while National League Maidstone won at Cheltenham Town and seventh tier Hereford United also made it through to Round Two after being AFC Telford.