Feb 10, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Molineux
Attendance: 30,168
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
2-1
QPRQueens Park Rangers
N'Diaye (12'), Costa (21')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Washington (51')
Lynch (40'), Cousins (45'), Freeman (61')

Championship roundup: Wolverhampton Wanderers extend lead

Championship roundup: Wolves extend lead
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Wolverhampton Wanderers move into a 13-point advantage at the top of the Championship table courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have extended their lead at the top of the Championship table to 13 points courtesy of a 2-1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

The hosts dominated the first half of the contest and raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of loanee Alfred N'Diaye and Helder Costa - the latter scoring his first in 15 - but a resurgent Hoops pulled one back early in the second period through Conor Washington.

Ian Holloway's side were just one of four teams to have defeated the league leaders this season prior to today's game, but there was to be no repeat of that feat today as Nuno Espirito Santo's charges held firm to claim their revenge and move 13 points clear of second-placed Derby County in the standings.

The Rams, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City - James Maddison's second-half penalty for the Canaries cancelling out Matej Vydra's early strike, his 17th of the campaign to date. Gary Rowett's side did extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games - their best form in 20 years - but are now at the risk of dropping out of the automatic promotion places when third-placed Aston Villa host Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon.

At the other end of the table, Sunderland completed a remarkable late comeback at playoff-chasing Bristol City to claim a vital point in their battle for Championship survival. The Robins had raced into a three-goal lead by the break courtesy of a close-range strike from Aden Flint and a Famara Diedhiou brace - a scoreline that saw many travelling Black Cats fans head for the turnstiles before the second half.

Josh Brownhill gave the visitors a faint lifeline with 20 minutes of the contest remaining when he diverted into his own net, Aiden McGeady soon following it up with his own strike to ensure a nervy finish. The comeback was complete two minutes into stoppage time when Marlon Pack turned into his own net.

Despite the point, Chris Coleman's side remain one from bottom in the table and one point further from safety than they were at the start of the day after Hull City claimed a surprise 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest courtesy of goals from Jon Toral and Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson. The Tigers are now out of the bottom three and up to 21st, while managerless Barnsley drop into the relegation zone after being held at home by Sheffield Wednesday in an early kickoff.

Bolton Wanderers picked up a point from their home fixture with Fulham to keep their heads above the relegation zone, Adam Le Fondre with his first goal since the opening day of the season cancelling out Southampton loanee Matt Targett's early strike for the Cottagers. Fulham stay put in fifth place in the table, with Bristol City in sixth after their result against Sunderland.

Preston North End remained three points off the top six after their 1-1 draw away at Brentford, Tom Barkhuizen's 54th-minute strike being cancelled out soon after by Bees winger Florian Jozefzoon.

Middlesbrough were the day's biggest movers, a 2-1 win over Reading seeing the side cut the gap on the top six to just four points. Tony Pulis's side had a two-goal advantage courtesy of strikes from Adama Traore either side of the break, with Chris Martin's late goal proving a mere consolation for a Royals side that now find themselves just four points above the drop.

Elsewhere, a dull affair at Portman Road saw Ipswich Town held to a goalless draw by basement side Burton Albion. Nigel Clough's side are now four points from safety, while the Tractor Boys stay put in 12th place, eight points off the playoff places.

Championship results in full: Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Fulham, Brentford 1-1 Preston North End, Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland, Derby County 1-1 Norwich City, Ipswich Town 0-0 Burton Albion, Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading, Nottingham Forest 0-2 Hull City, Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33227459263373
2Cardiff CityCardiff33197749272264
3Aston Villa33179749301960
4Derby CountyDerby331611650282259
5Fulham331511755371856
6Bristol City33141274839954
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd33164134639752
8Middlesbrough331561243311251
9Preston North EndPreston33121564032851
10Brentford331311950401050
11Leeds UnitedLeeds33137134643346
12Norwich CityNorwich331210113437-346
13Millwall331112103935445
14Ipswich TownIpswich33136144443145
15Queens Park RangersQPR33109143646-1039
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds33813123540-537
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest33114183651-1537
18Reading3289153542-733
19Bolton WanderersBolton3389162951-2233
20Hull City33711154450-632
21Birmingham CityBirmingham3386192249-2730
22Burton Albion3378182659-3329
23Barnsley32610163147-1628
24Sunderland33511173458-2426
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