Championship roundup: Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Reading to remain top

Championship roundup: Wolves remain top
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Wolverhampton Wanderers pick up another key victory to remain top of the Championship table, while Aston Villa suffer a huge blow in their automatic promotion ambitions.

Wolverhampton Wanderers picked up another crucial victory to remain top of the Championship table on Tuesday night, while Aston Villa suffered a huge blow in their automatic promotion ambitions.

Nuno Espirito Santo's charges recorded a straightforward 3-0 win over Reading at Molineux, Matt Doherty scoring a brace either side of Benik Afobe's strike just before the hour mark.

Victory for Wolves kept them three points clear of second-placed Cardiff City, who came from behind to beat Brentford 3-1 at Griffin Park.

Neal Maupay struck after just five minutes for the Bees, but Neil Warnock's charges surged to victory through goals from Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson and Kenneth Zohore.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, fell to a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park, which saw Steve Bruce's side fall seven points behind the Bluebirds.

Goals from Ryan Manning, Jake Bidwell and Luke Freeman had given the visitors a three-goal lead in the West Midlands before James Chester rifled home in a late consolation for the Villans.

Hull City's revival took another positive step forward thanks to a 3-0 win at Ipswich Town as Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen struck to edge the Tigers nine points clear of the dropzone.

Elsewhere, struggling Burton Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat by Sheffield United to remain in the bottom three, while Barnsley had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City which kept them just clear of the danger zone.

Results in full: Aston Villa 1-3 Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley 1-1 Norwich City, Brentford 1-3 Cardiff City, Ipswich Town 0-3 Hull City, Sheffield United 2-0 Burton Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Reading

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CWolverhampton WanderersWolves46309782394399
3Fulham462513879463388
4Aston Villa4624111172423083
5Middlesbrough4622101467452276
6Derby CountyDerby4620151170482275
7Preston North EndPreston4619161157461173
8Millwall4619151256451172
9Brentford4618151362521069
10Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd46209176255769
11Bristol City461716136758967
12Ipswich TownIpswich46179205760-360
13Leeds UnitedLeeds46179205964-560
14Norwich CityNorwich461515164960-1160
15Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461415175960-157
16Queens Park RangersQPR461511205870-1256
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest46158235165-1453
18Hull City461116197070049
19Birmingham CityBirmingham46137263868-3046
20Reading461014224870-2244
21Bolton WanderersBolton461013233974-3543
RBarnsley46914234872-2441
RBurton Albion461011253881-4341
RSunderland46716235280-2837

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