The Championship marathon continued on Saturday afternoon with Brentford, for whom Chiedoze Ogbene was an unused substitute, recovering from a two goal deficit to crush Griffin Park visitors Blackburn Rovers by five goals to two. Darragh Lenihan started for the visitors while Derrick Williams was an unused substitute. In-form Bristol City climbed to sixth place with a two nil victory over Ashton Gate visitors Swansea City with Callum O’Dowda scoring the second. James McClean and Stoke City made the journey to Hull City where they suffered a two nil defeat. Alan Judge started and Will Keane was a fifty fifth minute substitute for Ipswich Town who lost to the only goal from visitors Sheffield Wednesday for whom Keiren Westwood was again the last line of defence at Portman Road. Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan started for Aston Villa who were held to a scoreless draw at Reading. Aston Villa loanee Scott Hogan was an unused substitute for Sheffield United while John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick all started their two nil victory over visitors Bolton Wanderers and teenage midfielder Luca Connell. McGoldrick was again on the scoresheet for the ‘Blades’. West Bromwich Albion went down to a three two home defeat by visitors Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph. Recent signing Anthony Pilkington and his Wigan Athletic colleagues secured a two one success over visitors QPR, for whom Ryan Manning was a very late substitute.
In the First Division, Ronan Curtis and his Portsmouth colleagues were held to a one all draw by Fratton Park visitors Doncaster Rovers while Burnley loanee Jimmy Dunne started for Sunderland alongside Aiden McGeady, who scored the only goal for victory over their visitors, FA Cup giant killers AFC Wimbledon, for whom Dylan Connolly started while new signing Shane McLoughlin was an unused substitute. Current leaders Luton Town continued their good form with a three nil victory at Shrewsbury Town with former Ireland U21 striker James Collins scoring twice. Transfer window loan signing Aaron Connolly was unavailable through injury.