CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Sheffield United win big and West Brom's woes continue under Steve Bruce

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Sheffield United were the big winners on Saturday afternoon as they moved into the top six with an emphatic win over Swansea. 

Elsewhere, Steve Bruce is still looking for his first win as West Brom manager and Derby’s quest for against-the-odds survival continues. 

Here, Sportsmail rounds up all the goings on in the second tier from another entertaining day. 

20-year-old Louie Sibley scored a 92nd-minute winner for Derby as they beat Peterborough

20-year-old Louie Sibley scored a 92nd-minute winner for Derby as they beat Peterborough

QPR 1-1 Hull  

Hull manager Shota Arveladze gave an encouraging update on Matt Ingram after the goalkeeper was carried off during the draw at QPR.

‘The most important thing is that he was talking with the doctors and he feels well,’ Arveladze said.

On-loan striker Marcus Forss put the visitors ahead, but Rangers’ first significant attack after Ingram’s injury resulted in Ilias Chair equalising.

QPR boss Mark Warburton insisted he is unfazed by their recent wobble. ‘I can’t remember where we are in the table,’ Warburton said sarcastically.

‘You’ll have to remind me. I think we’re fourth.’

Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram was taken off on a stretcher after a heavy fall in the second half

Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram was taken off on a stretcher after a heavy fall in the second half

Bristol City 2-1 Middlesbrough  

Nigel Pearson was proud that his City team turned in a committed display to honour the Ashton Gate Eight.

Yesterday marked 40 years since eight players tore up their contracts to save the club from going out of business in 1982.

Geoff Merrick, Trevor Tainton, Gerry Sweeney, David Rodgers, Julian Marshall and Peter Aitken were introduced before kick-off. Jimmy Mann and Chris Garland were unable to attend.

A delighted Pearson said: ‘It was an emotional occasion, particularly for those with a long association with our club.’

Andreas Weimann fired his 16th goal of the season and Antoine Semenyo doubled the advantage. Matt Crooks headed a consolation for Middlesbrough.

Sheffield United 4-0 Swansea City  

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom hailed his side’s display in their thumping victory over Swansea.

Morgan Gibbs-White scored twice, with George Baldock and Billy Sharp also on target before the break.

Heckingbottom said: ‘We played against a team that can be difficult to play against and we could and should have had more. I’m not going to pick any faults, we were really strong.’

Swansea head coach Russell Martin added: ‘I feel sorry for the fans that have travelled up in difficult circumstances.

‘They deserve better than what we’re giving them away from home at the moment.’

Morgan Gibbs-White scored twice against his former club as Sheffield United eased to victory

Morgan Gibbs-White scored twice against his former club as Sheffield United eased to victory

Blackburn Rovers P-P Millwall

Blackburn CEO Steve Waggott slammed a late decision to call the game off as referee Geoff Eltringham abandoned the match just 45 minutes before kick-off after a heavy snowfall at Ewood Park.

It was the second inspection after the pitch was passed fit at midday and the call was made despite conditions significantly improving leading up to the scheduled 3pm start.

Waggott said: ‘It’s disappointing. We got all hands to the pump when we had this freak snow drop. I thought we could have started the game and see how the pitch fared.

‘I thought it was playable. I really feel sorry for the Millwall fans. If there’s a percentage of a chance of getting it played then get it played, it’s that simple.’

Luton Town 2-0 West Brom

West Brom boss Steve Bruce warned his players that he won’t accept his side’s second half performance during their defeat at fellow play-off chasers Luton.

After a goalless first period, the hosts claimed all three points courtesy of efforts from Cameron Jerome and Alan Campbell, stretching the Baggies’ winless run to five games.

A clearly annoyed Bruce said: ‘Our reaction to conceding Luton’s first was not enough. To say I’m disappointed with it is an understatement.’

Luton boss Nathan Jones added: ‘They’ve hit the bar twice, but I wouldn’t say we rode our luck.’

Steve Bruce has failed to win any of his first three matches in charge of West Bromwich Albion

Steve Bruce has failed to win any of his first three matches in charge of West Bromwich Albion

Derby 1-0 Peterborough  

Wayne Rooney branded the challenge that saw Tom Lawrence sent off in the relegation battle with Peterborough as ‘stupid’.

The Wales international received a straight red card for a lunge on Nathan Thompson, although Louie Sibley got him out of trouble with an added-time winner.

Derby manager Rooney said: ‘It’s stupid, it’s a stupid tackle from him and he knows that.

‘He’s reacted, I think he got a bang to his head.’

Peterborough were reduced to 10 men earlier when Hayden Coulson was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of four minutes. Their manager Darren Ferguson admitted: ‘It’s a tough one to take so you can imagine how we’re all feeling in the dressing room after putting so much into the game.’

Stoke City 2-2 Birmingham City

Michael O’Neill called his Stoke side’s result at home to Birmingham a ‘bad draw’.

The hosts found themselves fall behind when 17-year-old Jordan James notched his first senior goal.

The visitors’ lead proved short-lived however with Tyrese Campbell inadvertently wrong-footing Neil Etheridge in the Birmingham net.

Campbell added his second of the afternoon, before Gary Gardner levelled the scoring.

O’Neill said: ‘We played against a packed defence and it was hard to break that down.’

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer paid tribute to his starlet James. ‘He’s a 17-year-old kid who’s improving,’ he said.

Tyrese Campbell netted a brace as Stoke battled to a point at home against Birmingham

Tyrese Campbell netted a brace as Stoke battled to a point at home against Birmingham 

Cardiff City 1-1 Blackpool

Blackpool manager Neil Critchley blasted referee Darren Bond after his side were denied ‘a stonewall penalty’.

The hosts’ right winger Josh Bowler was sent tumbling in the box under a challenge by midfielder Ryan Wintle. But referee Bond wasn’t interested and added to their anger by booking Bowler for diving.

Critchley said: ‘I thought it was a stonewall penalty. I thought at the time it was a penalty, I’ve seen it back and it’s a penalty.’

Critchley’s side went ahead in the 11th minute through Marvin Ekpiteta’s towering header, but Cardiff left-back Joel Bagan slotted home to level the scores.

‘We worked really hard and that shows we’re together,’ Cardiff manager Steve Morison said.

Coventry City 1-0 Barnsley 

Mark Robins was thankful for a defensive mistake in the Barnsley defence which allowed Dom Hyam to steal three points for Coventry.

The defender was in the right place at the right time to calmly finish after Ben Sheaf’s hopeful ball into the penalty area.

‘It took a poor piece of defensive play from them to give us an opening which thankfully we took,’ explained boss Robins, whose side are hot on the tails of the top six.

Barnsley boss Poya Asbaghi claimed Coventry’s last-minute goal equated to ‘the worst feeling in football’. He added: ‘It is about keeping the concentration and not conceding.’

Dominic Hyam scored a 92nd-minuter winner for Coventry, who are chasing down the top six

Dominic Hyam scored a 92nd-minuter winner for Coventry, who are chasing down the top six

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