Championship round-up: Leicester sail as Southampton beat QPR | championship

Patson Daka’s brace in the second half helped Leicester A comfortable 3-0 win against the bottom team puts them six points clear at the top of the Championship Rotherham.

Daka opened the scoring after the hour with a simple close-range finish before converting from the penalty spot five minutes later after being fouled by Rotherham goalkeeper Viktor Johansson. Substitute Cesare Casadei completed the scoring with a diving header in the 72nd minute, securing their fifth consecutive win in the league. After Ipswich’s heavy defeat at Leeds, the team extended their lead at the top of the table.

A header from Taylor Harwood-Bellis gave way Southampton a 1-0 win QPR This makes it 15 games without defeat – the Saints’ longest unbeaten streak since 1950. The visitors ended the game with 10 men after Shea Charles was sent off in the 89th minute, but were able to hold on.

Southampton’s winning streak has stretched to 10 wins and Russell Martin’s side, fourth in the table, look likely to remain in the race for automatic promotion. Rangers, meanwhile, have suffered two straight defeats and remain third from bottom, having previously won three games in a row under recently appointed coach Martí Cifuentes.

Middlesbrough With a deserved 1-0 win, the team moved within three points of the play-off places West Brom at the riverbank. Morgan Rogers scored the only goal as Boro followed up their Carabao Cup quarter-final win at Port Vale midweek with a third successive win in all competitions. Albion remain fifth but Carlos Corberan’s side have won just one of their last five league games.

Michael Beale’s first game as Sunderland The head coach ended in disappointment as his team was beaten 3-0 Coventry in the Stadium of Light. Beale, who was confirmed as Tony Mowbray’s successor on Monday, watched Tatsuhiro Sakamoto score the first goal for Mark Robins’ side in first-half injury time, while Callum O’Hare and Kasey Palmer also scored in the second half achieved. Coventry’s win means they have lost just one of their last eight games.

Plymouth Top scorer Morgan Whittaker scored a brilliant 86th-minute equalizer as managerless Argyle recovered from a 3-1 deficit to earn a dramatic 3-3 draw against Wayne Rooney’s 10-man side Birmingham at Home Park. Playmaker Whittaker took his tally for the season to 10 with another long-range effort from outside the penalty area, beyond the reach of goalkeeper John Ruddy’s fingertips and through the inside of the side netting. Birmingham were reduced to 10 players in the 48th minute when Krystian Bielik was sent off for a foul on Argyle central midfielder Jordan Houghton.

Norwich came within two points of the play-offs with a comfortable 2-0 win over Lowly Huddersfield on Carrow Road. The Canaries were dominant throughout and eventually asserted their superiority with second-half goals from Sam McCallum, his first for the club, and Borja Sainz. The win was the fifth in eight games for David Wagner’s in-form side, who are suddenly looking like real promotion candidates after struggling for form at the start of the season.

Watford delivered a dramatic late comeback to overcome Blackburn 2:1 and moves within two points of the play-offs. Valérien Ismaël’s men were second best for much of this game against an energetic Rovers, who took the lead thanks to Adam Wharton’s first goal of the season in the third minute. Ultimately, Watford’s bench made the difference as Yaser Asprilla’s shot was parried into the path of Mileta Rajovic and equalized in the 83rd minute. Four minutes later, Rhys Healey secured the points with his second goal of the season for Watford, who have won four of their last six games.

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