Middlesbrough sweep aside Bolton to keep up pressure on Leeds the leaders

first_imgParkinson and his players have endured an extremely difficult week after 29-year-old Darby was forced to retire because he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. “I’ve worked with Stephen for a long time, and it was important that we put in a performance that reflected his character. Despite not getting the right result, I thought we did that.”Pulis said: “I thought we played really well in the first half, but we’ve got to make sure that we take our chances and the opportunities we get.”Millwall’s poor run continued in a defeat at improving QPR. Two goals inside three first-half minutes proved decisive for Steve McClaren’s side, with Massimo Luongo heading in from close range in the 30th minute and Eberechi Eze doubling the advantage with a left-foot drive. After beginning their campaign with four successive defeats, Rangers are now unbeaten in four. McClaren hailed Eze after the young forward played a starring role. “He’s a talent but he can get better. We need to add discipline to his game and work-rate. He is showing more of that and he’s getting the rewards, McClaren said.Millwall manager Neil Harris admitted he got his tactics and team selection wrong.“I take full responsibility for picking the team I did and the tactics in the first half. I’ll hold my hands up and say I got it wrong – I’ve no problem with that.”Lewis Grabban’s header and a fine finish by João Carvalho were enough to give Nottingham Forest only their second league win of the season, against Sheffield Wednesday.Grabban headed in Ben Osborn’s cross on 41 minutes and Carvalho doubled the lead after the break with an angled shot into the top right-hand corner. Steven Fletcher pulled one back for Wednesday with two minutes remaining but Aitor Karanka’s team held on. Karanka said: “I could have been happier, because we could have won this game even easier. We had a lot of chances and I only remember one chance for them, in the first half.“We played really well. I knew we needed to take a step forward after Saturday and we did that.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Middlesbrough bounced back from their defeat at Norwich and returned to second place in the Championship with a 2-0 home win against Bolton. George Saville’s first-half drive, his first goal for the club, set them on their way and Brit Assombalonga added a second in the 90th minute. Victory puts Tony Pulis’s team a point behind the leaders Leeds. Bolton manager Phil Parkinson felt his players produced a performance Stephen Darby would be proud of. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Championship Leeds maintain unbeaten start while West Brom put four past Bristol City Sheffield Wednesday Read more Topicscenter_img Reading’s struggles continued with a 2-1 defeat by Norwich at the Madejski Stadium. Teemu Pukki’s long-range shot in the 14th minute put Norwich ahead and though Jón Dadi Bödvarsson equalised with 18 minutes remaining the visitors regained the lead within a minute as Mario Vrancic rifled into Sam Walker’s bottom left-hand corner to keep Paul Clement’s side in the bottom three.Birmingham remain winless after a goalless draw at Sheffield United, Omar Bogle wasting a glorious late chance for the Blues. Garry Monk insists it is only a matter of time until Birmingham’s luck changes. “Everyone wants to say it’s a winless run which we understand – anyone that’s seen us this season we’ve deserved a lot more than what we’ve got.” Bolton Wanderers news Rotherham’s Paul Warne: ‘Players we sign have to be amazing people’ Millwall Share via Email QPR Middlesbrough Nottingham Forest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img

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