Championship roundup: Blackburn miss chance to go 1st, Blades rise

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London, Nov 1, 2022 (AFP) - Blackburn missed the chance to go top of the Championship in a 1-0 defeat at Coventry on Tuesday as Sheffield United moved up to third by beating Bristol City 1-0.

Jamie Allen dragged Coventry out of the relegation zone with the only goal four minutes before the break.

Rovers' hopes of a fightback were effectively dashed five minutes from time when substitute Jake Garrett was sent off.

Coventry climb a point clear of the drop zone, while Blackburn could find themselves five points adrift of leaders Burnley if they beat Rotherham on Wednesday.

Iliman Ndiaye's header dragged Sheffield United to within a point of Rovers.

The Blades needed some fortune to hang on after George Tanner took aim from distance.

Tanner's evening took a further turn for the worse deep into stoppage time when he was sent off for an ugly challenge on James McAtee which sparked something of a melee.

It proved a better night for new bosses Michael Carrick and Carlos Corberan as both tasted victory for the first time with Middlesbrough and West Brom respectively.

Middlesbrough won 3-1 at Hull, with a significant helping hand from their hosts.

Chuba Akpom headed Boro into a 30th-minute lead, but the Tigers responded through Cyrus Christie on the hour mark in front of the watching Liam Rosenior, who is expected to be named new Hull boss on Wednesday.

However, Carrick's men got the win thanks to two own goals.

Tobias Figueiredo bundled into his own net and Christie was similarly unfortunate when he deflected Ryan Giles' cross past his own keeper with 10 minutes remaining.

"It's a good moment for me, but it's not about me," said former Manchester United midfielder Carrick.

"The way they've gone about the whole week has been really pleasing. They've applied themselves and their attitude has been spot-on."

West Brom's need was even greater as Corberan guided them to a 1-0 victory over Blackpool in his second game at the helm.

Okay Yokuslu made the decisive intervention with just five minutes remaining to end the Baggies' three-match losing streak and move them within two points of safety.

"We are here to make the fans proud of the team because it's the most important thing we need to do," said Corberan on a night when West Brom fans protested against owner Guochuan Lai.

"My task is to change any type of negative feeling. It is the challenge we have in front of us."

Preston moved level on points with sixth-placed Swansea as Brad Potts goal earned a 1-0 win at Deepdale.

Luton and Reading had to make do with a point apiece after a 0-0 draw at Kenilworth Road.

Championship roundup: Blackburn miss chance to go 1st, Blades rise
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