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Championship roundup: Aston Villa snatch late win, West Brom edge thriller

Championship roundup: Villa snatch late win
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Aston Villa make it two wins from two with a last-gasp winner against Wigan Athletic, while at the other end of the table Stoke City are stuck on one point.

Aston Villa required a 94th-minute goal to overcome Wigan Athletic this afternoon as they came out on top 3-2 to make it two wins from two in the Championship.

James Chester and Nick Powell exchanged goals in the opening 45 minutes, before Callum Connolly edged the visitors into a surprise lead at Villa Park.

A Chey Dunkley own goal just after the hour set up a thrilling conclusion, though, with Birkir Bjarnason snatching all three points for the Villans.

Villa are kept off the top of the early Championship standings by Middlesbrough, who earned a 1-0 win over Birmingham City through Britt Assombalonga's goal, although the Smoggies have played a game more than the chasing pack.

Swansea City also maintained their perfect start to the season by beating Preston North End 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, courtesy of Jay Fulton's header shortly after the half-hour mark.

The game of the day was contested at Carrow Road, where West Bromwich Albion scored the odd goal in seven against Norwich City.

Albion were 3-1 and then 4-2 ahead, but they were made to dig deep as Grant Hanley pulled another back eight minutes from the end in a match that eventually finished 4-3.

Elsewhere, Queens Park Rangers and Reading are the only pointless sides in the division, losing 2-1 to Sheffield United and 1-0 to Nottingham Forest respectively, while Stoke City are not faring much better on one point from two games.

Beaten by Leeds United last weekend, the Potters were pegged back by Brentford after Benik Afobe had edged them in front against the run of play.

Blackburn drew 0-0 with Millwall, meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday played out a 1-1 draw with Hull City, and Bolton Wanderers and Bristol City also contested an entertaining 2-2 stalemate in the North-West.

There was less for Paul Hurst to smile about at the New York Stadium, as his Ipswich Town side fell to a late Michael Smith goal against Rotherham United to leave him awaiting his first win.

Championship results in full: Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan, Blackburn 0-0 Millwall, Bolton 2-2 Bristol City, Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham, Norwich 3-4 West Brom, Forest 1-0 Reading, QPR 1-2 Sheff United, Rotherham 1-0 Ipswich, Sheff Weds 1-1 Hull, Stoke 1-1 Brentford, Swansea 1-0 Preston


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich21134438241443
2Leeds UnitedLeeds21126335181742
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham CityBirmingham217953025530
10Stoke CityStoke217952725230
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn217952731-430
12Swansea CitySwansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14Queens Park RangersQPR218492531-628
15Preston North EndPreston216783235-325
16Wigan AthleticWigan2174102329-625
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull City2156102130-921
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton WanderersBolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich TownIpswich2118121737-2011

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