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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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