Fulham returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Birmingham at St. Andrew’s.
Marco Silva’s side always looked in charge of the game and two goals in each half supported a dominant display.
Denis Odoi ended a three-year wait for a league goal as his 10th-minute header put the visitors ahead, with Aleksander Mitrovic’s 44th-minute penalty doubling Fulham’s advantage.
Impressive debutant Nathaniel Chalobah won the shot on goal, and Watford’s signing on the deadline played a key role in the game’s third goal.
The former Chelsea youngster, 26, opened up the Blues’ defense with a delightful pass that was completed in an equally clinical style by Harry Wilson in the 54th minute.
Wilson’s deadly strike came a minute after Troy Deeney’s introduction, and it was always going to be a mountainous task for the hosts to come back after that.
Mitrovic, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Thursday, received another gift early with his second goal of the game after 83 minutes, before Deeney opened his Birmingham account from the penalty spot three minutes from time.
Coventry are up to fourth and just one point behind Fulham after a 1-0 home win over Cardiff.
Viktor Gyokeres maintained the Sky Blues’ 100 percent home record at 10 in the Championship. The Swedish forward’s fourth goal of the campaign doomed the Bluebirds to their first loss of the season.
Fankaty Dabo received the first red card of his career as the clock hit 90 for a foul on Marlon Pack.
Loan pair Andraz Sporar and Onel Hernandez earned a 2-0 victory for Middlesbrough To Nottingham Forest to put more pressure on the boss of the house under the late Chris Hughton.
Forest has taken just one point in his first seven league appearances and an unsuccessful 13 league run under Hughton represents the club’s worst streak since February 2004.
The writing appeared on the wall as soon as Slovenian international Sporar, recruited from Sporting Lisbon, opened the scoring in the first half, with Forest having scored more than one goal only once in his 25 last league matches.
Luton Substitute Danny Hylton extended Bristol from the city Jinx at home with an equalizer in stoppage time in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.
The hosts were leading after 57 minutes when Cameron Pring suffered a foul on the left sideline and Nathan Baker regained the lead on a Jay Dasilva free kick.
But, with 90 minutes on the clock, City goalkeeper Dan Bentley failed to retrieve the ball at the feet of Carlos Mendes-Gomes, who crossed the left line for Hylton to tap into an unguarded net.
That meant the Robins still hadn’t won a home win since January, a club record of 14 games, including 11 under boss Nigel Pearson.
Mario Vrancic’s missed first-half penalty proved costly as 10 men Feed were held in check 1-1 by Barnsley in a bad mood clash.
The hosts, who had won three of their previous four league games, would have placed in the top two had it not been for a superb save from Brad Collins just before the break.
After Tommy Smith’s late ejection for the home side, Stoke’s coaches Dean Holden and Rory Delap, as well as Barnsley’s assistant Joe Laumann were also given red cards following a lousy scrum on the line key.
Swansea were held to a goalless draw for the second consecutive home game in the Sky Bet Championship as Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has proven to be the hero of the Lions.
Bialkowski made several excellent second-half saves to prevent Swansea from a first home league win under Russell Martin, with his 90th-minute save on Liam Walsh’s free-kick, the choice of the peloton.