Blackburn’s first game of the post-Steve Kean era finished in a 1-1 npower Championship draw at Charlton, while rock-bottom Peterborough secured their first points of the season with a 3-1 win at promotion hopefuls Hull.
Rovers, under the guidance of assistant manager Eric Black following Kean’s dramatic resignation last night after having travelled to London with the team, took a 16th-minute lead through Dickson Etuhu at The Valley.
But captain Johnnie Jackson got the Addicks back on level terms in the 27th minute – making amends after having seen a penalty saved by former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Emile Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Peterborough gladly assumed the role of today’s coupon-busters with a surprise victory at the KC Stadium.
With seven straight defeats to their name this campaign, there were few who expected Posh and their under-fire manager Darren Ferguson to topple City – a side chasing a seventh straight home league win.
But, thanks to a treble from Sinclair, whose pace and power was too much for Hull to deal with, United upset the form book, despite Jay Simpson’s goal for the Tigers.
There was better news for the Tigers’ Yorkshire rivals Leeds, as El-Hadji Diouf’s second-half double helped Neil Warnock’s side register their third straight win and back-to-back victories in the league – 3-1 at Bristol City.
Diouf, instrumental in the Yorkshire side’s midweek Capital One Cup win over Everton, opened the scoring just after the hour, and although Albert Adomah equalised, he struck again nine minutes from time as Leeds regained the lead.
Midfielder Michael Tonge’s thunderbolt clinched Leeds a two-goal advantage with seven minutes remaining and, although Adomah’s corner deflected off Leeds defender Sam Byram in the 90th minute for an own goal, Warnock’s men saw out the remaining minute.
Huddersfield squandered the chance to go top of the table as Troy Deeney’s late penalty earned Watford a dramatic 3-2 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Oliver Norwood’s brilliant free-kick handed the hosts, unbeaten in six, the advantage, but Simon Grayson’s men were stunned by a second-half fightback from their struggling visitors.
Udinese loanee Fernando Forestieri netted his first goal for the club, Fitz Hall put the Hornets ahead and although substitute Alan Lee levelled, Deeney - making only his second appearance since being released from prison – kept his cool to win it from the spot.
A brace by defender Matthew Connolly helped Cardiff maintain their 100% home record in the league with a 3-0 victory over Blackpool.
Connolly opened the scoring from close range in the 17th minute and sealed matters by heading home a Craig Bellamy corner after Peter Whittingham’s free-kick had made it 2-0.
Middlesbrough’s perfect start at the Riverside came to an end, though, as substitute Lloyd Dyer’s last-gasp goal earned Leicester a deserved 2-1 win.
Nicky Bailey opened the scoring for Boro with a stunning 30-yard drive early in the second half but it was all Leicester after that, with Jamie Vardy slotting in the equaliser and Dyer’s deflected effort winning it at the death.
While there was some respite for Ferguson after Peterborough’s win, the heat remained on Ipswich boss Paul Jewell after Stephen Dawson’s superb goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Tractor Boys looked to be on their way to a first win in six games when Aaron Cresswell fired in a free-kick in the opening 10 minutes, but Dawson thundered in an exquisite 75th-minute volley with the outside of his boot to secure a deserved point for Keith Hill’s side.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace stretched their unbeaten run to five games as Glenn Murray continued his fine goalscoring form to convert the penalty which proved the difference as the Eagles edged Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium.
Millwall ended their run of three straight defeats with a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley.
Substitute Darius Henderson forced an equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Lions.
Millwall had taken the lead through Liam Trotter’s curling finish after just three minutes, but the Clarets turned the game on its head thanks to headers from Ben Mee and Charlie Austin.
Bakary Sako’s free-kick continued Wolves’ fine form and extended struggling Sheffield Wednesday’s woes with a 1-0 triumph at Molineux.
The Frenchman’s winner came in contentious circumstances just before the break, having found the net at the second attempt after being booked for taking an initial wayward effort before the referee’s whistle.