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Championship roundup: Wycombe strike late to deny Rooney's Derby


Wayne Rooney’s first game as interim manager of Derby ended in frustration when a late goal earned Wycombe a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

Rooney, who left himself out of the squad as he made seven changes from the team that lost 3-0 at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, saw his side score for the first time in nearly eight hours thanks to a clever finish from Duane Holmes. But Derby could not add a second and Wycombe, who improved after the break, eventually levelled through Matt Bloomfield’s close-range effort. The result means Derby remain bottom of the Championship.

Meanwhile, Maxime Biamou’s late goal denied Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich victory against Coventry. Mario Vrancic appeared to have Daniel Farke’s Canaries on course for victory in the 27th minute, scoring from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Ben Wilson was penalised for fouling Przemyslaw Placheta. However, Biamou’s 89th-minute goal from close range earned Coventry a 1-1 draw.

Bournemouth, also targeting a return to the Premier League at the first attempt, missed out on the chance to take over at the top as they were held 2-2 at Rotherham. Junior Stanislas’s 20th-minute penalty put the visitors ahead, but Freddie Ladapo’s double turned things around, only for Dominic Solanke – fouled for the earlier penalty – to equalise in the 63rd minute.

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With FA Cup action taking
place, League One witnessed just two fixtures. Charlton jumped from eighth to third after a 2-0 win at Ipswich. Albie
Morgan gave the Addicks a 21st-minute lead before substitute Omar
Bogle (68) sealed the points. In the other game, Swindon produced a dramatic late turnaround to pinch the spoils in their derby at
Oxford. Matt Taylor’s early effort for the hosts was wiped
out by substitute Tom Broadbent on 85 and Tyler Smith popped up with an injury-time
winner to seal a 2-1 victory.

Meanwhile in League
Two
, in-form Leyton Orient banked their third
straight win with a 3-2 success at Port Vale. Leon Legge had
put the hosts in front but James Brophy’s 85th-minute strike proved decisive
and lifted Orient to sixth. Southend remain cut
adrift at the bottom after losing 3-0 at Bolton. Eoin Doyle’s
brace helped lift the hosts up to ninth and left the Shrimpers with just
five points from 14 games.

Watford, the third team to fall out of the top tier last season, capitalised with a 4-1 win over Preston to move up to third. Domingos Quina converted Jeremy Ngakia’s cross in the ninth minute, then Troy Deeney doubled the advantage from the spot within seven minutes of the restart. The visitors were back in the game within three minutes with a deflected shot from outside the area from Tom Barkhuizen but goals from Nathaniel Chalobah and João Pedro ended the visitors’ hopes.

Middlesbrough slipped up, going down 3-2 to Huddersfield. Marvin Johnson’s low shot gave the visitors a 14th-minute lead but Carel Eiting levelled eight minutes before the interval and Fraizer Campbell netted just before the break with a scuffed shot after good work by Lewis O’Brien. Britt Assombalonga appeared to have earned Boro a point, blasting in an 83rd-minute penalty after he had been fouled, but Josh Koroma’s 85th-minute goal won it for the hosts.

Cardiff beat Luton 4-0. Sean Morrison and Mark Harris had the hosts two up inside 10 minutes, before Kieffer Moore and Sheyi Ojo rounded off a convincing home win.

Adam Armstrong and Sam Gallagher scored in each half as Blackburn edged Barnsley 2-1, with Romal Palmer netting late on for the visitors.

Tony Pulis’s Sheffield Wednesday played out a goalless draw against his former team Stoke at Hillsborough, while Birmingham and Millwall also finished 0-0.

In the early kickoff, Reading ended their five-match run without a victory by beating Bristol City 3-1. Ovie Ejaria broke the deadlock nine minutes after the break but substitute Nahki Wells levelled in the 73rd minute. However, Yakou Méïte restored the home side’s advantage three minutes later following a good ball by Ejaria, then Meite set up Lucas Joao for the fourth-placed Royals’ third goal in added time.



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