09 February 2019 19:30
Che Adams scored a first-half hat-trick as Birmingham ended their 13-year wait for a win at QPR in thrilling fashion, taking a 4-0 lead inside 42 minutes but then conceding three goals and enduring a frantic finale in which Lee Camp saved an injury-time penalty from Nahki Wells. The 4-3 win moves Garry Monk's side up to eighth, four points behind sixth-placed Bristol City, who beat Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park thanks to a scruffy Eros Pisano strike in the 80th minute. Steve Bruce was unable to secure a win in his first home match in charge of Sheffield Wednesday as Reading's on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez twice denied Steven Fletcher in the first half to frustrate the Owls in a 0-0 draw. At the bottom of the table, Bolton's survival hopes were further dented by Preston, who won 2-1 with goals from Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen to leave Wanderers four points off safety and without a win in the league since Boxing Day. Wigan drew 1-1 with Rotherham, a result the two relegation-threatened clubs will see as an opportunity missed with clubs around them also failing to win. Quick guide Championship results Show Hide Middlesbrough 1-1 Leeds, Blackburn 0-1 Bristol City, Bolton 1-2 Preston, Derby 2-0 Hull, Nottingham Forest 2-1 Brentford, QPR 3-4 Birmingham, Rotherham 1-1 Wigan, Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Reading, Swansea 1-0 Millwall, Stoke L-L West Brom League leaders Luton made it five wins in a row as they beat local rivals Wycombe 3-0 to maintain a six-point lead over second-placed Barnsley, who won 4-1 at Gillingham in a match that was delayed for 12 minutes.
Kieffer Moore opened the scoring for the Tykes but received lengthy treatment after suffering an injury in the second half and was taken to hospital. The Black Cats looked to be heading for victory at Oxford thanks to Jimmy Dunne's 34th-minute header but the home side battled valiantly and substitute Marcus Browne rescued a point with an 87th-minute strike that meant the U's climbed out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Graham Carey scored a brilliantly-executed free-kick in the 70th minute to earn in-form Plymouth a point at home against Pompey. George Ray thought he had sealed the three points for The Alex in the sixth minute of injury time only to see Reece Cole cause pandemonium at Moss Rose with his first goal for the club. At the top, leaders Lincoln City were held to a 1-1 draw by Northampton, second-placed Mansfield lost 1-0 at FA Cup heroes Newport and free-scoring Bury fired home three goals before almost letting their lead slip at Morecambe, who battled back to 3-2 in the second half but could not find an equaliser.
Adams completed his triple salvo six minutes later when Jota's shot cannoned off the post and back to the 22-year-old to poke home. Matt Smith dived in to head a corner past Lee Camp just before the half-time whistle. That was the beginning of a nervy second half for Blues who needed some super saves from Lee Camp to prevent Smith from completing his own hat-trick. Jordan Cousins eventually beat Camp with a thundering half volley nine minutes from time. Che Adams' first half hat-trick gave Birmingham City their first win at Loftus Road in 12 years.
Jack Clarke has been taken to hospital after falling in on the Leeds United bench during their Championship draw with Middlesbrough. (Image: Simon Davies/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock) Leeds said in a statement: "Jack Clarke began to feel unwell during the second half of our Sky Bet Championship fixture with Middlesbrough and received medical attention. Referee Darren England added on 12 minutes of injury time following the long stoppage at the Riverside Stadium. Leeds scored a late leveller through Kalvin Phillips to rescue a share of the spoils after Lewis Wing had given the home side a 47th minute lead.