by JAMES LING
Norwich moved top of the SkyBet Championship this weekend after cruising to a 3-1 win over Rotherham at Carrow Road.
Wes Hoolahan gave the Canaries the lead at halftime, side-footing the ball home after some brilliant footwork inside the box.
Hoolahan would then turn provider as Cameron Jerome doubled the host’s lead, getting himself on the end of the Irish internationals perfectly timed cross.
Rotherham’s Dexter Blackstock would pull one back with 15 minutes to go, but the goal would only prove as a consolation, as Steven Naismith finished the game off.
Newcastle made it three wins on the bounce coasting to a 3-1 against Brentford at St James’ Park.
The Magpies started quickly, seeing themselves 2-0 up inside the first 15 minutes. Ciaran Clark got on the end of a cross from Jonjo Shelvey to open the scoring.
Shelvey would turn provider again providing a long ball over the top for in form striker Dwight Gayle to double Newcastle’s lead.
Just after half time Shelvey would complete his hat trick of assists, setting up Gayle to tap in from close range and give the striker his ninth goal of the season. Brentford’s Scott Hogan grabbed a goal back for the Bees.
Huddersfield had the advantage of playing on Sunday, and knew a win would see them return to the top.
However the Terriers failed, losing at home to Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.
Fernando Forestieri scored the only goal from the spot, after Rajiv Van La Parra handled Tom Lee’s shot.
Cardiff City beat rivals Bristol 2-1 in the severnside derby to give new manager Neil Warnock a winning start.
Peter Whittingham gave the Bluebirds a first half lead from the spot, after Craig Noone was tripped inside the box by Joe Bryan.
Debutant Sol Bamba doubled the lead for the Welsh side, bundling the ball home after Sean Morrisons shot hit the crossbar.
The visitors pulled one back immediately after Lee Tomlin swerved a 20 yard shot past keeper Ben Amos at his near post. However, the goal wasn’t without controversy with Cardiff’s Lex Immers and lying on the ground as the ball went in, sparking a melee.
The hosts would hold on to claim all three points and move themselves out of the relegation zone.
The weekend would also a see a winning start for Derby County’s Steve McClaren against Leeds United.
Second half sub Jonny Russell riffled the ball home off a corner from the edge of the box to give the Rams their third win of the season. The win see’s Derby move into 19th.
Ipswich continue to struggle to find the net, failing to score in their fifth consecutive game, while Blackburn kept their first clean sheet of the season in a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park.
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Birmingham
Barnsley 2-4 Fulham
Brighton 2-2 Preston
QPR 1-1 Reading
Wigan 0-0 Burton
Aston Villa 1-1 Wolves