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Derby thump Wolves to go top of the Sky Bet Championship

By Staff Reporter

Derby cruised to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 5-0 demolition of Wolves at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

Wolves had no answer to the movement and invention of Derby as Jeff Hendrick and Johnny Russell both scored twice after Ryan Shotton headed the opener to give Steve McClaren's team their biggest win since March.

In-form pair Middlesbrough and Bournemouth missed the chance to make Derby's stay at the top a short one as they played out a 0-0 draw later in the day.

In stark contrast there was late drama at the City Ground where two goals in the last five minutes from strike pair Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio helped Nottingham Forest end their torrid run of form.

Forest had looked destined for a 10th league game without a win when Norwich took the lead through Jonny Howson, only for Stuart Pearce's men to secure a much-needed win.

Millwall defender Danny Shittu scored at either end as Brentford continued their play-off push with a 3-2 victory over the Lions.

Ian Holloway's men had fought back after Andre Gray's double to score twice in two minutes through Shittu and Alan Dunne only for the centre-back's unfortunate own goal to hand the Bees the points.

The only other away victory of the afternoon came at Reading where Igor Vetokele's header ended Charlton's run of three league games without a win.

A stunning goal from Ross McCormack helped Fulham see off Huddersfield 3-1 at Craven Cottage. The Scot added the third after Hugo Rodallega and Lasse Vigen Christensen had netted either side of Joel Lynch's strike.

Neil Redfearn tasted victory for the first time as Leeds' permanent boss by the same scoreline as they piled more misery on rock-bottom Blackpool. Liam Cooper, Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci secured the points before half-time with Nile Ranger grabbing a consolation.

Centre-back Tommy Smith's 83rd-minute goal saw Ipswich leapfrog opponents Watford in the table while Rude Gestede's 10th of the season cancelled out Gary Gardner's opener as Blackburn earned an away point at Brighton.

Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham played out a 0-0 draw as did Birmingham, who had Wes Thomas sent off, and Cardiff, who remain without an away win this season.

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