Championship: Bournemouth pull away at top as Dominic Solanke sinks Stoke | Championship

Bournemouth moved six points clear at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 win at Stoke. Dominic Solanke’s goal early in the second half proved enough for victory, which pulls the unbeaten Cherries ahead of second-placed West Brom, who play at Swansea on Wednesday.

Bournemouth also earned their sixth successive clean sheet on the road this season, a statistic that has pleased their manager, Scott Parker. “We’ve got a desperation to keep the ball out of the net – and it’s a good habit to have,” Parker said afterwards. “Six clean sheets is no mean feat away from home.”

“I thought there was a real intensity about us. We had to show that side of us, which is that we can grind it out and put bodies on the line,” Parker added. “For large parts of the game we did really well. We’re a team that wants to go at teams. They’d not lost at home, they’re a strong side, so that’s a good win for us.”

Stoke sit sixth while QPR are up to fifth after a late goal from Ilias Chair secured a 1-0 win over Blackburn at Loftus Road. Elsewhere, Lyle Taylor scored twice in the closing moments as Nottingham Forest chalked up a fourth straight win with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Bristol City.

Lyle Taylor scores his and Nottingham Forest’s second, a minute after he had scored the equaliser.
Lyle Taylor scores his and Nottingham Forest’s second, a minute after he had scored the equaliser. Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Robins looked on course for a first home win since January on the back of Alex Scott’s first-half strike. However, Forest produced an amazing finale in stoppage time after Taylor equalised from the penalty spot before then stabbing in a rebound to snatch all three points.

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Plymouth cemented their place at the top of League One with a routine victory over Bolton. Brendan Galloway and Conor Grant struck inside the opening 15 minutes before Ryan Broom added a third late on to extend the Pilgrims’ unbeaten league run to 13 games.

Sunderland climbed to second, a point behind Plymouth but with two games in hand, after Ross Stewart’s double secured a 4-0 win at lowly Crewe. Wycombe were held to a goalless draw at Rotherham, while Wigan slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against MK Dons.

Ipswich continued their revival with a 4-0 win at Portsmouth. Macauley Bonne, Conor Chaplin and Sone Aluko struck in quick succession and Wes Burns added a fourth to put pressure on Pompey head coach Danny Cowley. Charlton stay mired in the bottom four after Harry Pell’s double helped Accrington to a 3-2 win at the Valley.

Sheffield Wednesday needed a late Fisayo Dele-Bashiru equaliser to emerge from their trip to Cambridge with a 1-1 draw. Burton and Oxford both overtook the Owls with victories; the Brewers won 1-0 at Fleetwood, while Mark Sykes’ long-range strike set up a home win for Oxford against struggling Shrewsbury.

Elsewhere, Aaron Pressley’s fifth-minute penalty gave Wimbledon a 1-0 win at Lincoln, while Kyle Joseph scored twice to earn Cheltenham a 3-1 win over Morecambe. Gillingham ended their losing run as Stuart O’Keefe’s 79th-minute winner sank bottom side Doncaster.

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Jake Cooper struck in stoppage time as Millwall beat 10-man Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane. Jed Wallace had given the Lions the lead in the 11th minute, but a penalty from Billy Sharp had the Blades level on the stroke of half-time.

The Blades midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White was dismissed for a second caution in the 54th minute. Then just as time seemed up, with two minutes of the additional six played, Cooper fired in a 20-yard effort to snatch all three points to put Millwall in 10th.

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League Two leaders Forest Green were held to a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient, but Harrogate Town missed the chance to make up ground as they drew 2-2 at home to Tranmere.

Matt Stevens headed Forest Green in front midway through the second half at Brisbane Road before Ruel Sotiriou equalised for Orient. Harrogate fought back to lead 2-1 after Jay Spearing’s penalty for Tranmere, but Kieron Morris earned fifth-placed Rovers a point.

Third-placed Swindon moved level with Harrogate after they ended Sutton‘s winning run with a 2-1 win at Gander Green Lane. First-half goals from Louis Reed and Jonathan Williams proved enough for the Robins, who overtook Port Vale as they were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Mansfield.

Northampton kept themselves in the top six with a 3-0 win over Stevenage, while Exeter came from behind to win 3-1 at Crawley, who finished with 10 men. Newport had Ed Upson and Ryan Haynes sent off in their 2-2 draw with Carlisle, while Mark Cullen scored twice for Hartlepool as they won 3-1 at Bradford City.

Scunthorpe picked up a useful point with a 1-1 draw at Barrow. After Ryan Loft missed an early penalty, George Taft headed the league’s bottom side in front just before half-time. Ollie Banks saw his spot-kick saved for Barrow, but Robbie Gotts equalised with 10 minutes to go.

Walsall won 3-1 at struggling Oldham, with Emmanuel Osadebe’s late goal capping victory and leaving the Latics in trouble. Noah Chilvers struck late to earn Colchester a point in a bad-tempered clash with Bristol Rovers, while it finished goalless between Salford and Rochdale.

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Elijah Adebayo hit an equaliser with seven minutes left as Luton fought back to draw 2-2 at Derby. Tom Lawrence put the Rams ahead midway through the first half, but substitute Fred Onyedinma levelled things up shortly after the restart. Adebayo made sure the Hatters left with a point when he headed in late on – and Onyedinma almost won it as his shot crashed against the crossbar.

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