Bournemouth moved six points clear at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 win at Stoke. Dominic Solanke’s goal early in the second half proved enough for victory, which pulls the unbeaten Cherries ahead of second-placed West Brom, who play at Swansea on Wednesday.
Bournemouth also earned their sixth successive clean sheet on the road this season, a statistic that has pleased their manager, Scott Parker. “We’ve got a desperation to keep the ball out of the net – and it’s a good habit to have,” Parker said afterwards. “Six clean sheets is no mean feat away from home.”
“I thought there was a real intensity about us. We had to show that side of us, which is that we can grind it out and put bodies on the line,” Parker added. “For large parts of the game we did really well. We’re a team that wants to go at teams. They’d not lost at home, they’re a strong side, so that’s a good win for us.”
Stoke sit sixth while QPR are up to fifth after a late goal from Ilias Chair secured a 1-0 win over Blackburn at Loftus Road. Elsewhere, Lyle Taylor scored twice in the closing moments as Nottingham Forest chalked up a fourth straight win with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Bristol City.
The Robins looked on course for a first home win since January on the back of Alex Scott’s first-half strike. However, Forest produced an amazing finale in stoppage time after Taylor equalised from the penalty spot before then stabbing in a rebound to snatch all three points.
Jake Cooper also struck in stoppage time as Millwall beat 10-man Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane. Jed Wallace had given the Lions the lead in the 11th minute, but a penalty from Billy Sharp had the Blades level on the stroke of half-time.
The Blades midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White was dismissed for a second caution in the 54th minute. Then, just as time seemed up, with two minutes of the additional six played, Cooper fired in a 20-yard effort to snatch all three points to put Millwall in 10th.
Elijah Adebayo hit an equaliser with seven minutes left as Luton fought back to draw 2-2 at Derby. Tom Lawrence put the Rams ahead midway through the first half, but substitute Fred Onyedinma levelled things up shortly after the restart. Jason Knight restored Derby’s lead on the hour but Adebayo made sure the Hatters left with a point when he headed in late on – and Onyedinma almost won it at the end as his shot crashed against the crossbar.