CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Blackpool crush QPR, Wilder oversees first win
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Relegation-threatened Blackpool decimate QPR, new manager Chris Wilder oversees his first Watford win, and Wigan force a late equaliser against Coventry to move off the bottom of the table
- The Tangerines got their biggest win of the season in surprise 6-1 thrashing
- Watford get back to winning ways following defeat against QPR at Loftus Road
- Wigan share the points with eighth-place Coventry thanks to own goal
Gareth Ainsworth was humiliated by the seaside on Tuesday evening as his Queens Park Rangers side shipped six goals at Championship strugglers Blackpool.
Jerry Yates’ third-minute penalty got the evening off to the worst possible start for Ainsworth, appointed as QPR boss last month, before Andrew Lyons and Curtis Nelson put the home side, third from bottom, 3-0 up inside 14 minutes.
Jordan Thorniley made it four after 36 minutes before Chris Martin gave the visitors a sliver of hope before half-time.
Lyons added his second three minutes after the restart before Kenneth Dougall capped off a memorable night for Mick McCarthy’s Blackpool by adding a sixth two minutes from time.
QPR have won only once in 14 league games and are seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Ryan Manning’s goal for Swansea against Millwall reduced arrears but the visitors left London empty-handed with all three points left at The Den
Blackpool fans created a barnstorming atmosphere as they watched their team thrash QPR
The Tangerines’ unexpected rout gave them their biggest win of the season at home
Millwall eased themselves to within four points of Middlesbrough in fifth place with a hard-fought 2-1 win over struggling Swansea.
Charlie Cresswell put the Lions ahead three minutes into the second half and Andreas Voglsammer doubled their lead, only for Ryan Manning to pull one back with 58 minutes gone, although it proved too little, too late for the visitors.
Watford boosted their play-off hopes with a 3-0 home win over Birmingham, just their second in 10 attempts.
Imran Louza fired the Hornets into a sixth-minute lead and then set up Keinan Davis to make it 2-0 10 minutes later before substitute Britt Assombalonga secured the points with 17 minutes remaining.
Ched Evans piled the pressure on lowly Rotherham as Preston extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-1 win at the New York Stadium.
Preston celebrated their seventh unbeaten game against Rotherham on the road
New manager Chris Wilder, the Hornets’ third of the season, celebrated his first home victory
New recruit Britt Assombalonga scored his first goal in a Watford shirt against Birmingham
Coventry’s Gustavo Hamer (right) was dejected after a late draw with relegation-fodder Wigan
Tom Cannon fired the visitors ahead from Robbie Brady’s 23rd-minute knock-down, but Hakeem Odoffin levelled before the break only for Evans to win it in added time at the end of the first half.
Kyle McFadzean’s own goal ensured bottom-of-the-table Wigan emerged with something to show for their efforts after a 1-1 draw with Coventry.
Viktor Gyokeres broke the deadlock seven minutes after half-time with his 19th goal of the season, but the home side snatched a point seven minutes from time when Ryan Nyambe’s cross went in off McFadzean.
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