The Championship on Tuesday evening…23/10/2018

High flying Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph retained top spot in the Championship despite being held to a scoreless draw at home to Rotherham United on Tuesday evening. The visitors included loanees Ryan Manning and Richie Towell in their starting eleven with Anthony Forde a late substitute. Millwall duo Aiden O’Brien, a half time substitute and Shaun Williams who started, helped their struggling club to come from behind and defeat visitors Wigan Athletic by two goals to one at the New Den. O’Brien earned the penalty which enabled Williams to equalise and both made significant contributions in a much improved second half performance. Norwich City came from behind to defeat visitors Aston Villa by two goals to one at Carrow Road where Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan started and Scott Hogan was a fifty fourth minute substitute for Villa. Another Irish trio, John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick were in the Sheffield United side for their one all draw with visitors Stoke City for whom James McClean was in action. Weekend match winning goal scorer Darragh Lenihan was injured off after just twelve minutes for Blackburn Rovers while Derrick Williams was unused on the bench as they went down to a three one defeat by  Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
In the First Division, the emerging Ronan Curtis and his Portsmouth colleagues were held to a two all draw by visitors Burton Albion in Fratton Park while north of the border, U21 centre back and Burnley loanee Jimmy Dunne was in action for current leaders Heart of Midlothian who secured a three nil victory at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership. Colin Doyle and Jake Mulraney were on the visiting bench while Darren O’Dea started for Dundee.