Championship: West Brom fight back to deny QPR, Coventry climb into top two

  • Karlan Grant scores late winner to take Baggies back to top
  • Viktor Gyökeres at the double in 3-0 win over Peterborough

Karlan Grant made the difference as West Brom produced a late fightback to beat QPR 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Friday and go back to the top of the Championship.

Rangers went ahead in the first minute when a through ball by Moses Odubajo caught the Albion defence napping, putting Andre Gray clean through. The Wolverhampton-born striker took a touch and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

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Brereton Diaz eyeing more memories with Chilean team-mates


Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez of Inter Milan, former Barcelona and Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, and now, Ben Brereton of Blackburn Rovers; a somewhat unusual assortment of names, but all united on common ground when they were called up to represent their country at the 2021 Copa America.

Derby fall to last place with 12-point deduction for entering administration

  • Rooney’s team six points adrift at foot of Championship
  • Administrators invite interested parties to come forward

Derby have been docked 12 points by the English Football League, sending them to the foot of the Championship, after confirming the appointment of administrators. Wayne Rooney’s side had 10 points from eight games but are now six points adrift of second-bottom Nottingham Forest.

A Derby statement said Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou of the business advisory firm Quantuma would serve as joint administrators. Derby had signalled their intention to appoint administrators last week, citing a failure to identify new owners and the continued impact of Covid-19 on revenue streams.

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EFL statement: Derby County


The EFL can today confirm that, in accordance with EFL Regulations, a 12-point deduction has been immediately applied to Derby County Football Club’s 2021/22 season total. This follows the lodging of the Notices of Intention to Appoint Administrators on Friday evening, and the subsequent announcement that the process of appointment was completed earlier today.

Reading in line for points deduction over breach of EFL financial rules

  • Championship club face losing six to nine points
  • Reading were placed under transfer embargo in summer

Reading are set to be deducted between six and nine points by the English Football League for breaching financial rules. The Championship club are under embargo for breaching profit and sustainability regulations and are in talks over agreeing a sanction that could drop them into the relegation zone. Crisis-hit Derby County are also in line to receive a points penalty for financial breaches.

The embargo placed on Reading in the summer limited them to free transfers and loans, with Danny Drinkwater arriving from Chelsea last month. Profit and sustainability rules permit a maximum £39m loss across three seasons. Reading’s reported £41m wage bill in 2018-19 equated to 194% of turnover.

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Nottingham Forest appoint Steve Cooper as new head coach

  • Former Swansea manager took training on Tuesday
  • He replaces Chris Hughton, who was sacked last week

The former Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has been appointed as the new head coach of Nottingham Forest on a contract to June 2024. Cooper, the club’s first choice, took training on Tuesday before his arrival was confirmed.

Forest needed to agree compensation with Swansea because Cooper has been on gardening leave since leaving in July, and that matter was sorted quickly.

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