Benik Afobe’s brace strengthens Wolves’ lead in the Championship
Wolves were 3-1 winners against Burton at Molineux
Benik Afobe scored twice as Wolves extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship to six points with a 3-1 win against Burton.
With second-placed Cardiff not in action until Sunday, Wanderers took full advantage, opening the scoring on the quarter-hour when Helder Costa chested down Conor Coady’s ball over the top and fired past the goalkeeper.
Afobe added a second for the home side, latching on to a through-ball from Ruben Neves and finding the top corner.
Burton were back in it before the break when Lloyd Dyer slammed the ball home via a deflection, but Afobe’s coolly-taken second sealed the points for Wolves.
Both Fulham and fourth-placed Aston Villa missed the chance to close the gap on the Bluebirds.
The Cottagers squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with QPR at Craven Cottage.
Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon had put Slavisa Jokanovic’s side in control, but Massimo Luongo pulled one back for the visitors in first-half added time before Pawel Wszolek completed the comeback in the 81st minute.
Villa, meanwhile, slumped to a 1-0 defeat at struggling Bolton in the late game, with Adam Le Fondre scoring the only goal in the 19th minute.
Middlesbrough remained in the play-off places following a 1-1 draw at Brentford.
Adama Traore’s second goal in as many games – a low driven shot from the edge of the area – put the visitors in front after 21 minutes.
But the Bees were back on level terms when Lewis Macleod fired home his first goal for the club at the second attempt.
Substitute Romaine Sawyers was sent off late on for Brentford for two bookings but Dean Smith’s side held on for a point.
Milan Djuric’s diving header was enough for Bristol City to claim a 1-0 win against Ipswich which moved them a point behind Boro, while Preston maintained their push for a top-six spot with a 2-0 win at Sunderland, who remain five points adrift of the safety zone.
After a goalless first half, Sean Maguire opened the scoring with a diving header and after Jake Clarke-Salter was sent off for a second booking, Callum Robinson nodded in a second to seal the points.
Elsewhere at the bottom, Birmingham drew level on points with fourth-bottom Barnsley following a 3-0 win against Hull.
Blues took a 12th-minute lead when Che Adams pulled the ball back for Jota to slot home and doubled their advantage early in the second half through Adams’ attempted cross which caught out goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Jota’s second of the afternoon sealed victory for Garry Monk’s side.
Barnsley made it 11 home games without a win as Lee Gregory’s first-half strike and a stunning effort from Ben Marshall stretched Millwall’s unbeaten run to eight matches with a 2-0 victory.
Atdhe Nuhiu bagged a brace as Sheffield Wednesday claimed a 2-1 win at Leeds, who had equalised through Jay-Roy Grot.
Norwich held on for a 3-2 win against Reading, with Mario Vrancic and Grant Hanley putting them firmly in control.
Liam Kelly pulled one back, only for James Maddison to restore their two-goal cushion from the penalty spot.
Sam Smith’s first league goal made it 3-2 but Norwich held on.
Sheffield United drew 0-0 with Nottingham Forest.