Leeds leave it late as West Brom miss out on chance to stretch advantage
Championship round-up: James McClean on target as Stoke shock Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom’s Filip Krovinovic celebrates scoring his side’s goal with Kieran Gibbs during the Championship match against Barnsley at Oakwell. Photograph: Ian Hodgson/PA Wire
Stuart Dallas hit an equaliser two minutes from full-time as Leeds rescued a 1-1 draw at home to Preston.
The Whites had trailed to Cork native Alan Browne’s 22nd minute opener - with his international team mate Sean Maguire playing a key role in the build up - and looked like they would be left with nothing to show for their dominance. Preston had been forced to soak up a wave of pressure since taking the lead.
Ezgjan Alioski missed an open goal, before he hit the post and then saw a late header brilliantly kept out by Declan Rudd.
But their pressure was finally rewarded when Dallas slotted home from just outside the box with the aid of a deflection off Ryan Ledson.
Championship leaders West Brom had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Barnsley after Aapo Halme netted a late equaliser at Oakwell.
The Baggies went in front in the fifth minute from Filip Krovinovic’s long-range effort, but Halme denied them at the death.
The draw extended West Brom’s unbeaten run to 14 matches.
Brentford moved up to third, eight points behind Leeds, after Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham slipped up on the road against struggling sides.
Bryan Mbeumo continued his fine scoring form, netting for the fifth time in six games, before Ollie Watkins bagged his 14th and 15th goals of the season in Brentford’s 3-1 victory. Andre Ayew’s 11th goal of the campaign proved in vain for Swansea.
Stoke scored twice in the final minute to stun Sheffield Wednesday and secure a dramatic 3-2 win which moved them out of the relegation zone.
The Owls had turned the game around with second-half goals from Morgan Fox and Tom Lees, after Ireland midfielder James McClean’s close-range effort in the 11th minute, but Tyrese Campbell and Sam Vokes netted in stoppage time.
Kazenga LuaLua and James Collins scored either side of Bobby Reid’s equaliser before Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 18th goal of the campaign started the drama in the 77th minute.
Blackburn remain two points off the top six after Birmingham secured a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.
Adam Armstrong’s penalty gave Rovers the lead in the 55th minute before City soon levelled through Kerim Mrbati’s spot-kick.
Alfie Doughty scored a late winner as Charlton beat Bristol City 3-2 to secure their first win in 12 matches.
Doughty then netted in the 82nd minute to take the Addicks further away from the bottom three.
Lewis Grabban grabbed a brace to ensure Nottingham Forest ended a five-match winless streak with a 2-0 win at Hull.
Cardiff boss Neil Harris was denied a win over his former club after Millwall fought back for a 1-1 draw.
Aden Flint put Harris’ current club in front only for Jed Wallace to level shortly after with a stunning free-kick.
Djed Spence’s first goal for Middlesbrough, in the 37th minute, secured a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Huddersfield at the Riverside.
Martyn Waghorn’s 90th-minute effort sent Wigan to the bottom of the table after Derby salvaged a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.
County looked to be heading for a seventh consecutive defeat on the road when Joe Garner struck in the 81st minute, but Waghorn secured a vital point.