Championship round-up: Millwall boost survival hopes with win over nine-man Wigan

first_img Millwall celebrates Magaye Gueye’s late goal against Wigan Millwall claimed a lifeline in their quest for Championship survival with a vital 2-0 victory over relegation rivals Wigan, who ended the heated clash with nine men.A bad tempered match saw its first man handed his marching orders on the hour mark, with Latics striker Martyn Waghorn shown red for violent conduct.Millwall then took the lead through Nadjim Abdou’s header, and it only got worse for Wigan, with defender Jason Pearce, along with Lions midfielder Ed Upson, sent off for fighting.Despite the numerical disadvantage it still seemed the manager-less Latics could scrape a point in the closing stages, having dominated play with the ball, but Magaye Gueye made the points sure for Millwall with a low strike in stoppage-time.The basement battlers were tied on 36 points ahead of the meeting, and while three points doesn’t lift the Lions out of the bottom-three, they are now just four points adrift of safety and could have that gap reduced to one, should Rotherham be hit with a point deduction for fielding an illegible player in their recent win over Brighton.At the other end of the table, Bournemouth remain one point clear at the top following a 1-0 victory at Reading; Callum Wilson scoring the game’s only game in the fourth minute.But Norwich City are still right on their tail, with the Canaries just one point behind in second place courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Leeds United.Yellows midfielder Graham Dorrans squandered the chance to open the scoring from the spot in the first half by smashing his penalty against the crossbar, but Jonny Howson eventually broke the deadlock after the break, the local boy stunning his former side with a fine strike.However, Dorrans later made amends for his earlier miss with a second goal in stoppage-time to seal a fifth consecutive win for Norwich.Jelle Vossen and Patrick Bamford scored inside the first ten minutes to guide Middlesbrough to a 2-1 victory over Wolves, with the win seeing them rise above Watford into second place, while Derby bounced back from their recent poor run of form to consolidate their play-off place with an emphatic 4-0 triumph over relegated Blackpool.The Rams had won only one of their last nine games but look little time to set the tone, with Craig Bryson opening the scoring after just three minutes, while goals from on-loan stars Darren Bent and Tom Ince sealed the points at half-time. Bent added his second after the break from the penalty spot.Ipswich also maintaind their spot in the top six, and extend their unbeaten run to five games, after beating mid-table Cardiff 3-1 at Portman Road.Elsewhere, Demarai Gray was the hero for Birmingham as his 78th minute goal saw the Blues share the points in a 2-2 draw with Blackburn, while Bolton also claimed a point against Charlton thanks to Adam Le Fondre’s late strike.Kieran Lee scored the only goal of the game against the run of play as Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a 1-0 home win over a dominant Brentford, while Brighton and Huddersfield Town played out a goalless stalemate. 1last_img read more