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Fulham poor run continues as Rhodes grabs points for Blackburn Rovers

By Sam Hughes

Following this week's dismissal of Felix Magath, basement dwellers Fulham continued to struggle in the Championship as they went down 1-0 at home to Blackburn.

The Cottagers had Shaun Hutchinson sent off in first-half stoppage time and Rovers took advantage when Jordan Rhodes netted just before the hour mark.

Cardiff fared better in their first game since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-2 draw at Derby, although the Bluebirds let it slip after leading through goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Peter Whittingham. Jordon Ibe and Craig Bryson replied for Derby.

Nottingham Forest stayed on top of the table thanks to a goalless stalemate at Millwall, as Norwich also had to settle for a point after a 2-2 draw with Birmingham at Carrow Road.

Strikes from Callum Reilly and Demarai Gray put the Blues in control at the break, but a brace from Cameron Jerome helped the Canaries to fight back.

Substitute Craig Cathcart, making his first appearance of the season, netted late on as Watford came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Bournemouth, who had led through Harry Arter. That result allowed Wolves to move up to third with a 1-0 defeat of Bolton at Molineux, with Nouha Dicko netting the crucial goal just before half-time and Bolton's Owen Garvan missing a second-half penalty.

Middlesbrough are also on the rise following a 4-0 thrashing of Brentford at the Riverside, with Grant Leadbitter, Albert Adomah, Patrick Bamford and Kike on target for the hosts, who also had Dean Whitehead dismissed.

Leeds also had a player sent off when Gaetano Berardi saw red, but United had already wrapped up a 3-0 Yorkshire derby win over Huddersfield, with Rodolph Austin, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara scoring.

Stevie May struck late on as Sheffield Wednesday edged out Reading 1-0 at Hillsbrough.

Rotherham and Charlton shared the spoils in a 1-1 stalemate and Brighton and Blackpool drew 0-0.

Tonight, Uwe Rosler is looking forward to the prospect of Wigan's first game of the season under the lights at the DW Stadium.

The Latics host Ipswich on as they look for a third straight home victory in the Sky Bet Championship.

Rosler believes there is something special about evening matches and he wants his side to put on a good show for the Wigan faithful.

"I always look forward to night games because they fill everyone with extra adrenaline and an extra buzz and that will be great for the players to feed off," he said.

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