Championship wrap: Gayle force wins for West Brom against Stoke
Sheffield United thrash Villa, Alan Browne on target as Preston pegged back by Bolton
Dwight Gayle was on target twice as West Brom beat Stoke City at the Hawthorns. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty
Dwight Gayle’s double allowed West Brom to emerge victorious from a clash of two relegated clubs at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies and Stoke are both hoping for instant returns from the Championship, but on the evidence of the first six games, the former look the most likely and won this 2-1.
On-loan striker Gayle scored in the 16th and 59th minutes, while Benik Afobe missed a penalty for Stoke, with Erik Pieters adding a consolation just as time was up. Gary Rowett’s men have one win from six.
Aston Villa had a chastening afternoon as they lost 4-1 at Sheffield United.
Villa have been active in the transfer market in the wake of their financial worries being resolved, but were humbled in South Yorkshire.
Anwar El-Ghazi netted a consolation for Villa.
Derby left it late but continued their fine start under Frank Lampard as they won 2-1 at Hull.
Summer signing Martyn Waghorn opened his account from the spot 23 minutes in, but Todd Kane levelled (53). However, Derby dug deep and won it through Florian Jozefzoon with two minutes left.
Jozefzoon’s former club Brentford also continue to impress, scoring a winner six minutes from time as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.
Lewis Macleod got them going (45) and although in-form Matty Cash replied, Ollie Watkins won it.
Bolton came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Preston. Callum Robinson (11) and Alan Browne (16) got North End off to a flier but Sammy Amoebi and Pawel Olkowski levelled before the break. Preston’s Ben Pearson was sent off late on.
Substitute James Vaughan’s goal 17 minutes from time earned Wigan a 1-0 win over Rotherham while Birmingham and QPR drew 0-0.