Scott Hogan scored a hat-trick 3-2 Birmingham – For the first time in hawthorn since 2005 – as West BromThe poor start to the season continued.
The visitors made a lively start and took the lead in the 14th minute, with Hogan scoring a low goal through goalkeeper David Button from Juninho Bacona’s through pass. Jade Wallace leveled after nine minutes, and fired softly through John Rudy’s legs from Jason Mullombie’s pass as both teams went up the level.
The Blues regained the lead in stunning fashion in the 54th minute. Hogan managed his second goal of the game and fourth of the season, but owed a lot to Bakona, who started the move by winning the ball from a corner at West Bromwich Albion before taking a pass by Troy Deeney and racing clearly, before providing cross pass.
Hogan completed a hat-trick when he caught a great through ball from Denny on the left and cut inside before hitting the ball through Button’s legs at the near post. Thomas Asante pulled one back with a late penalty, though Dion Sanderson’s error looked out of the box.
The win allowed John Eustace’s side to climb above their neighbors to the middle of the table, while West Brom finished 20th with one win in nine league games.
Norwich They tightened their grip on second place and achieved six consecutive victories in the league after relegating Bristol City 3-2 in an entertaining match on Karoo Road.
Timo Pukki pounced on the weak defense to open the scoring in the 11th minute, and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Dan Bentley before hitting the empty net. Loan Aaron Ramsey then set up Pukki’s second goal, as a through pass was fired into Bentley’s nearby center by the Finnish striker.
Nigel Pearson’s team returned to the match before the end of the first half as Nucky Wells crossed with a header from Tommy Conway. And while the guests tried to increase the pressure in the second half, Norwich regained their two-goal difference. A corner kick for Gabriel Sarah in the 65th minute was headed by the brilliant Josh Sargent.
Then Bentley saved with one point to deny Pukki a hat-trick after a stampede in another corner kick, before substitute Antoine Semenio scored the second goal for Bristol City. The hosts held on, and are now one point behind leaders Sheffield United, and four points behind third-placed Blackburn.
Norwich’s manager, Dean Smith, was critical of his players despite the win. “I am disappointed with our performance tonight but I have not overlooked the fact that these are three more points, and that is the most important thing,” he said. “The boys have a winning mentality at the moment and that’s something we need to take advantage of.”
reading They lost their record in the domestic league by 100% as they fell to a 3-0 defeat Sunderland. The Black Cats returned to the top six after Patrick Roberts scored twice in quick succession before the break.
After a first half of few chances, Roberts cut down the right flank and curled past Joe Lumley in the first goal in the 39th minute – and repeated the stunt two minutes later. Jack Clark was keen to win in the 69th minute, after he took advantage of a wonderful cross pass from Dan Neal to put it in the net.
Rotherham Sit in ninth place after winning 3-0 at home Blackpool. Chidose Ogbeni’s first-half header was followed by late goals from Wes Harding and Georgie Kelly as the rising team racked up 13 points from their first eight games – their best start to a second-division season since the 1965-66 season.
Coventry Came from behind twice in Luton To capture only the second point in the first six games. There were three goals in the first 15 minutes on Kenilworth Road, as homeowner Carlton Morris scored a Victor Giocris shot. The guests earned a well deserved point with Gustavo Hammer’s superb finishing touch in the minute.
Queen Garden Keepers He returned to winning ways by winning 2-0 at Millwall. After a goalless first half, Chris Willock’s stunning cornering and finishing outside the penalty area put the visitors ahead and Hobbs captain Stefan Johansen fired the net after a fine corner routine to seal the London derby at Den.