Norwich defeat Ipswich

  • Last Updated: August 23 2014, 18:02 BST

A review of Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Championship.

Lewis Grabban scores Norwich's winner
Lewis Grabban scores Norwich's winner

Lewis Grabban claimed his fourth goal in a week and Norwich their third straight win after deservedly beating local rivals Ipswich 1-0 at Portman Road.

Grabban, a big-money move from Bournemouth in the summer, continued his red-hot form with a 24th minute winner, heading in from close range after indecision from Cole Skuse and keeper Dean Gerken.

Daryl Murphy missed a gilt-edged chance for Ipswich in the second half but Grabban could have claimed a hat-trick after lobbing over when clean through and then seeing a shot cleared off the line by Tommy Smith.

High-flying Nottingham Forest registered another impressive victory when Michail Antonio bagged a brace and Matty Fryatt and Britt Assombalonga also scored in a 4-0 rout of Reading at the City Ground.

At the other end of the table, things went from bad to worse for Fulham as they were crushed 5-1 at Derby, with Scott Parker's goal for the Cottagers proving in vain as Chris Martin's double, plus scores from Jamie Ward, Craig Bryson and Simon Dawkins left the visitors without a point.

Blackpool also have nothing to show for their first four fixtures following a 1-0 loss at Wigan, with Oriol Riera breaking the deadlock for the Latics after 35 minutes.

There was late drama at Molineux as Wolves edged out Cardiff 1-0 thanks to a Mark Hudson own goal in stoppage time, while Rotherham prevailed at Millwall by the same scoreline via a Ben Pringle strike.

Team Score Team
Brighton 2 - 1 Bolton
Huddersfld 1 - 1 Charlton
Brentford 1 - 1 Birmingham
Blackburn 3 - 2 Bournemth
Ipswich 0 - 1 Norwich
M'boro 2 - 3 Sheff Wed
Derby 5 - 1 Fulham
Wigan 1 - 0 Blackpool
Millwall 0 - 1 Rotherham
Watford 4 - 1 Leeds
Wolves 1 - 0 Cardiff
N Forest 4 - 0 Reading

Blackburn raced into a 3-0 lead at home to Bournemouth through in-demand striker Jordan Rhodes, Grant Hanley and Rudy Gestede.

Rovers had to survive a late rally from the Cherries which saw Brett Pitman bag an 81st-minute penalty and Steve Cook further reduce the gap on 90 minutes before claiming a 3-2 win.

Huddersfield overcame the dismissal of Murray Wallace to hit the front against Charlton through Nahki Wells, but Igor Vetokele earned the Addicks a 1-1 draw in time added on.

That equaliser sparked a remarkable £24,243.69 pay-out for one 50p Sky Bet punter!

There were two red cards at Vicarage Road as Leeds lost debutant Giuseppe Bellusci and Sam Bryan in a 4-1 win to Watford, with Fernando Forestieri bagging a brace, Troy Deeney scoring from the spot and Daniel Tozser getting on the scoresheet late on.

Paul Caddis fired in a penalty for Birmingham after Brentford defender Tony Craig was sent off, but the Bees battled back for a 1-1 draw in the latter stages through Moses Odubajo.

Brighton beat Bolton 2-1 thanks to goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Joao Carlos Teixeira after Matt Mills had put the Trotters ahead.

Atdhe Nuhiu hit a double for Sheffield Wednesday as they survived conceding a couple of late penalties to triumph 3-2 at Middlesbrough.

Stevie May also netted for Wednesday with Boro's goals both coming from Grant Leadbitter.