Championship wrap: Middlesbrough and Norwich welcome fans back
Brentford mark first league game at new stadium with win over Huddersfield
Fans watch Middlesbrough and Bournemouth’s draw at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: PA
Marcus Browne gave his absent boss and 1,000 returning supporters something to cheer as Middlesbrough hit back to claim a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium.
But, despite surely bemoaning his side’s lack of cutting edge, he will have been cheered by the sight of substitute Browne meeting a Paddy McNair cross to head a deserved equaliser 10 minutes from time.
Boro were one of eight clubs piloting the return of 1,000 fans to their matches this weekend.
The other team in the Championship was Norwich, who needed an 85th-minute Przemyslaw Placheta leveller to earn a 2-2 draw with Preston at Carrow Road.
Preston were without striker Jayden Stockley, who is self-isolating due to a member of his family being in contact with someone who has coronavirus symptoms.
In the lunchtime kick-off, Kieffer Moore’s first-half brace helped Cardiff beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at the City Ground.
The Wales striker nodded home the opener from a corner in the third minute before sliding in a second five minutes before half-time.
It was a third successive defeat in all competitions this season for Forest — all without scoring — to pile more pressure on Sabri Lamouchi, who is now the favourite to become the first Championship manager to lose his job.
Brentford marked their first league game at their new Brentford Community Stadium with a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield.
Adam Armstrong hit a hat-trick as Blackburn thrashed 10-man Wycombe 5-0 at Ewood Park.
Armstrong opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after Tyrhys Dolan was fouled — his third goal in four games.
Dolan doubled Blackburn’s lead four minutes later before Armstrong struck his second in the 33rd minute.
Reading followed up their 2-0 win at Derby by beating nine-man Barnsley by the same scoreline.
Michal Helik was sent off for Barnsley three minutes before half-time and Mads Andersen (68) also saw red a minute after Yakou Meite had given Reading the lead, with Michael Olise (76) wrapping up the points.
Jed Wallace scored the only goal to help Millwall to a 1-0 victory at Rotherham while the games between Sheffield Wednesday and Watford and Swansea and Birmingham ended goalless.