26.12.2020 23:06 h

Swansea climb to second in Championship

Swansea moved into second place in the Championship with a 2-0 victory at struggling QPR, while new Watford manager Xisco Munoz made a winning start against leaders Norwich on Saturday.

Goals from Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe lifted Steve Cooper's Swansea into the automatic promotion places as the race to reach the Premier League heats up.

QPR have now gone eight matches without a win and boss Mark Warburton is under increasing pressure.

At Vicarage Road, Xisco got off the mark with a 1-0 win after becoming Watford's fifth manager since the start of last season following the sacking of Vladimir Ivic.

Ismaila Sarr's first-half goal was enough to sink the Canaries, who remain four points clear of Swansea.

Norwich were convinced they should have had a late penalty when Watford substitute Adam Masina tripped Teemu Pukki in front of goal.

Watford are up to fifth place as they chase an immediate return to the Premier League after last season's relegation.

Chris Hughton and Aitor Karanka faced their former clubs in a 0-0 draw between Nottingham Forest and Birmingham at the City Ground.

It was Hughton's Forest who often looked the more likely to snatch three points but they found themselves up against a goalkeeper in good form in Neil Etheridge.

Famara Diedhiou came off the bench to fire a spectacular late winner as Bristol City beat bottom of the table Wycombe 2-1 at Ashton Gate.

City took a 23rd-minute lead through Chris Martin's downward header.

Garath McCleary equalised on 68 minutes with a shot that took a wicked deflection off City substitute Adrian Mariappa.

Having done so twice before this season, Diedhiou then proved the match-winner as a replacement when blasting an unstoppable right-footed shot past Ryan Allsop with three minutes remaining.

Derby's unbeaten run under interim manager Wayne Rooney was ended when Preston scored deep in stoppage time to snatch a 1-0 victory at Pride Park.

Alan Browne curled in a superb finish to shatter Derby, who had played for 70 minutes with 10 men after striker Martyn Waghorn was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle on the Preston skipper.

Fourth-placed Brentford consolidated their promotion push with a 3-2 win at Cardiff, while Barnsley beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield 2-1.

Stoke recorded a fourth successive Championship clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Coventry, while Blackburn drew 1-1 with second-bottom Sheffield Wednesday.

Reading moved into fifth place after defeating Luton 2-1.