Championship: Norwich reclaim top spot, Preston sunk by Rudd howler

  • Norwich overturn early deficit in 3-1 defeat of Rotherham
  • Declan Rudd clanger helps Birmingham see off Preston

After Leeds took themselves top with a lunchtime win at Sheffield United, Norwich reclaimed their place at the Championship summit by coming from behind to beat Rotherham 3-1. Richie Towell’s early strike prompted the hosts to reply via two academy graduates, Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons, the latter finishing a sparkling team move. A late third from Teemu Pukki, his 11th of the season, made sure of a win that lengthened the hosts’ Carrow Road winning streak and left the struggling visitors 20th.

Birmingham kept up their promotion hopes by consigning Preston to their first defeat since September. A howler from Declan Rudd gave the hosts the lead early in the second half. The Preston keeper stooped to collect Maikel Kieftenbeld’s speculative shot, but inexplicably let the ball bounce through his legs and into the net. Jacques Maghoma and Che Adams clinched a 3-0 win for Garry Monk’s side.

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via Football | The Guardian