26.12.2019 20:23 h

West Brom, Leeds held as pace-setters stumble

Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Barnsley, while promotion rivals Leeds rescued a dramatic 1-1 draw against Preston on Thursday.

Albion went in front in the fifth minute from Filip Krovinovic's long-range effort, but Aapo Halme denied them with a late equaliser at Oakwell.

The draw extended West Brom's unbeaten run to 14 matches.

Second-placed Leeds could not take full advantage, relying on a deflected Stuart Dallas goal to avoid defeat against Preston at Elland Road.

Alan Browne's smart 22nd-minute finish put Preston ahead until Dallas struck one minute from time.

Brentford moved up to third, eight points behind Leeds, after Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham slipped up on the road against struggling sides.

Bryan Mbeumo continued his fine scoring form, netting for the fifth time in six games, before Ollie Watkins bagged his 14th and 15th goals of the season in Brentford's 3-1 victory over Swansea.

Stoke scored twice in the final minute to stun Wednesday and secure a dramatic 3-2 win which moved them out of the relegation zone.

The Owls had turned the game around with second-half goals from Morgan Fox and Tom Lees, after James McClean's close-range effort in the 11th minute, but Tyrese Campbell and Sam Vokes netted in stoppage time.

Bobby Reid left it late to secure Fulham a 3-3 draw at Luton.

Harry Cornick had made it 3-2 to Luton in the 82nd minute, only for Reid to strike in the final seconds for Fulham.

Blackburn remain two points off the top six after Birmingham secured a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.

Alfie Doughty scored a late winner as Charlton beat Bristol City 3-2 to secure their first win in 12 matches.

Macauley Bonne opened the scoring and, after City turned the game around at the start of the second half through Andreas Weimann and Niclas Eliasson, lashed in a second to equalise.

Doughty then netted in the 82nd minute to take the Addicks further away from the bottom three.

Lewis Grabban grabbed a brace to ensure Nottingham Forest ended a five-match winless streak with a 2-0 win at Hull.

Cardiff boss Neil Harris was denied a win over his former club after Millwall fought back for a 1-1 draw.

Aden Flint put Harris' current club in front only for Jed Wallace to level shortly after with a stunning free-kick in south Wales.