Pearson wins first game as Bristol City boss while Norwich move clear

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Bristol City’s new boss Nigel Pearson makes an instant impact (from the stands!) as they thrash Middlesbrough to end SEVEN-game losing run while Norwich go 10 points clear and promotion-chasing Reading slip up at Wycombe

  • Bristol City ended their seven-game losing run by thrashing Middlesbrough
  • New boss Nigel Pearson watched from the stands as Bristol City won 3-1 
  • Reading’s promotion bid suffered a dent at local rivals Wycombe Wanderers
  • Norwich, meanwhile, went 10 points clear at top after winning at Birmingham 

Nigel Pearson had an immediate impact as Bristol City boss as he saw his new side beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Riverside.

The former Leicester and Southampton manager, who will officially take charge on Wednesday, watched from the stand as City ended a seven-game losing run with three goals in 16 first-half minutes.

Famara Diedhiou scored the first two, heading home Adam Nagy’s cross and firing home a shot from just inside the area, and then set up the third as he flicked on to send Nahki Wells racing clear of the Boro backline.

Nigel Pearson won his first match in charge of Bristol City as they thrashed Middlesbrough

Dael Fry pulled a goal back for Middlesbrough with 10 minutes remaining.

Teemu Pukki scored twice to put Norwich 10 points clear at the top after a 3-1 win at Birmingham.

Pukki also missed a penalty before Ivan Sanchez’s equaliser, but the Finnish striker had the last laugh with his 17th goal of the season.

Oliver Skipp added a third after a breakaway with virtually the last kick of the match.

Famara Diedhiou scored twice as they ended a seven-game losing streak at the Riverside

Goals from George Edmundson and Martyn Waghorn saw Derby ease to a 2-0 victory over 10-man Huddersfield.

The visitors had Jaden Brown sent off late on for a second yellow card after he brought down Jason Knight as they slipped to a seventh defeat from their last 10 Championship games.

Basement side Wycombe boosted their survival bid with a 1-0 win over Reading.

Fred Onyedinma’s poacher’s effort earned Wanderers just their fifth win of the season and left them eight points from safety.

Teemu Pukki netted a brace in Norwich’s win at Birmingham as they moved 10 points clear

They lost Ryan Tafazolli to a red card, while Reading’s Lucas Joao and Wycombe’s Uche Ikpeazu both missed penalties.

Nottingham Forest put further distance between themselves and the drop zone courtesy of a 1-0 win at Rotherham.

Ryan Yates struck the decisive goal in the second half to seal victory.

A stoppage-time equaliser from George Evans cancelled out Elijah Adebayo’s opener as Millwall snatched a 1-1 draw at Luton.

Lucas Joao missed a penalty as Reading slipped to a 1-0 loss against 10-men Wycombe

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