Obafemi hits late winner for Swansea as West Brom fans turn on Steve Bruce

Championship wrap: Callum Robinson was also on target for Cardiff in their draw with Burnley while Will Keane was again on the scoresheet for Wigan as they beat Rotherham
Obafemi hits late winner for Swansea as West Brom fans turn on Steve Bruce

ON TARGET: Michael Obafemi followed up his goal against Armenia with the winner for Swansea against West Brom. Pic: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Michael Obafemi hit a late winner as angry West Brom supporters turned on manager Steve Bruce after Swansea struck a late goal to win 3-2 at the Hawthorns. The result means Bruce’s side have won just once in the Championship this season, and not for six games.

Matt Sorinola went close for Swansea before he gave them a sixth-minute lead - the eighth time Albion had conceded first in 11 league games this season, six of which have come in the first 15 minutes.

Loud boos greeted the half-time whistle after West Brom’s appeals for a penalty were waved aside by referee Graham Scott despite Brandon Thomas-Asante appearing to have been wrestled to the ground by Kyle Naughton. But the hosts were level within three minutes of the restart through Jake Livermore, and Grady Diangana put his side ahead for the first time in the 65th minute.

Swansea equalised ten minutes later through substitute Oliver Ntcham, and West Brom squandered the chance to regain the lead when substitute Karlan Grant missed an 81st-minute penalty after he had been shoved by Armstrong Okoflex. 

Instead it was Swansea who won it when Obafemi turned smartly past his man on to Ntcham’s pass to sidefoot past David Button – prompting chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning” to Bruce from both ends of the ground.

Callum Robinson headed a last-minute equaliser to secure Cardiff a 1-1 draw against Burnley in Mark Hudson’s first game as manager. Nathan Tella struck three minutes into the second half to reward the increasing superiority of Vincent Kompany’s side, but Cardiff refused to surrender and Robinson rose at the far post on his home debut to meet Mahlon Romeo’s cross and find the corner of the net.

Life after Paul Warne at Rotherham began with a 2-0 home defeat by Wigan for whom Will Keane was again on the scoresheet. Warne’s long association with the Millers, as a player, coach and then across six years in the dugout as manager, ended last week with his move to Derby, alongside the bulk of his backroom staff. Joint caretaker manager and captain Richard Wood named himself in the starting XI, with Lee Peltier calling the shots from the dugout. Billy Mercer has also joined the Millers on a temporary coaching basis while chairman Tony Stewart hunts for a replacement for Warne.

But goals in either half, from Keane and Tom Naylor, ensured the points went to Leam Richardson’s men, who remain unbeaten on their league travels this season.

Troy Deeney struck an equaliser for Birmingham as leaders Sheffield United were frustrated in a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane. Oliver McBurnie had fired the Blades ahead in their pursuit of a fifth successive victory but Deeney’s close-range effort extended Birmingham’s unbeaten run to four games.

Teemu Pukki’s predatory finish helped in-form Norwich take advantage with a 1-0 victory at Blackpool. Pukki hit his fourth goal in as many games to hand Dean Smith’s side a deserved seventh win in their last eight. It leaves them still on the coat-tails of the leaders, while stuttering Blackpool slid to a worrying fourth defeat in five matches.

Reading secured their fifth win in six home league matches with a 3-1 victory over struggling Huddersfield. Defender Tom McIntyre nodded Reading in front in the 29th minute and they extended their lead nine minutes before the break through a freak own goal from Town keeper Lee Nicholls.

Huddersfield, with new head coach Mark Fotheringham in charge for the first time, improved slightly after the interval but were undone again when substitute Yakou Meite tapped home in the 81st minute. Tom Lees nodded in a Sorba Thomas corner deep into stoppage time to make it 3-1 but Town were soundly beaten.

Viktor Gyokeres’ first-half strike secured Coventry’s first win of the season as they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the CBS Arena. The 24-year-old, reportedly the subject of a bid from Chris Wilder’s men in the summer, scored his third league goal of the campaign to seal the Sky Blues’ first victory since mid-April. Mark Robins’ men remain bottom, but dragged Middlesbrough into the bottom three with them.

Blackburn scored two quick second-half goals to return to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Millwall. After a poor first half, Rovers looked to have settled a contest desperately short of quality with a six-minute burst that saw Tyrhys Dolan profit from a defensive mix-up to slot home in the 57th minute, before Ben Brereton Díaz tapped home his fifth of the campaign at the far post.

But Jake Cooper’s header in the 75th minute halved the deficit and Millwall pushed forward gamely to force an equaliser – but they missed two stoppage-time chances as Rovers held on.

First-half goals from Stefan Johansen and Tyler Roberts proved enough for QPR to record a 2-1 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Johansen fired the visitors in front on 19 minutes, latching onto the rebound after Dan Bentley had tipped a Chris Willock shot onto a post.

Three minutes later, Kenneth Paal broke away down the left and supplied the cross for Roberts to double the advantage with a far-post volley. Former Rangers striker Nahki Wells pulled a goal back for City on 61 minutes, slotting home from close range after Rangers made a hash of clearing Andreas Weimann’s low cross from the right. The home side threw extra men forward in search of an equaliser, but Rangers defended strongly to take three deserved points.

Sunderland and Preston were forced to share the spoils after their game finished in a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light. The hosts had chances to break the deadlock through Elliot Embleton and Patrick Roberts, who came close on multiple occasions, while Preston’s Ched Evans was denied in the second-half.

A point apiece means the Black Cats drop into seventh in the table while Preston move up into 14th, with three goals scored and four conceded from 11 games.

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