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CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Watford close the gap on leaders Norwich

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Watford close the gap on leaders Norwich as Brentford blow two-goal at lead to draw with Derby… while Preston boss Alex Neil and Alan Browne are both sent off in defeat by Middlesbrough

  • Watford closed the gap on leaders Norwich with a 3-0 win over Rotherham 
  • Brentford blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Derby at Pride Park 
  • Preston boss Alex Neil and Alan Browne were sent off in defeat at Middlesbrough

Second-placed Watford closed the gap on leaders Norwich to seven points with a 4-1 rout at struggling Rotherham.

Goals from Francisco Sierralta, Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema put them 3-0 up before half-time.

Rotherham saw Michael Smith’s penalty saved by Daniel Bachmann early in the second half before Freddie Ladapo’s superb solo run and strike.

Watford closed the gap on leaders Norwich to seven points with a 4-1 rout atRotherham

Dan Gosling (pictured) scored the fourth after goals from Francisco Sierralta, Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema

Derby recovered to draw 2-2 with Brentford after Wayne Rooney made three half-time subs

Ivan Toney (pictured) and Sergi Canos had given Brentford a 2-0 lead before Derby came back

But Dan Gosling restored the three-goal advantage.

An inspired triple substitution at half-time from Wayne Rooney helped Derby recover from two down to draw 2-2 at home against Brentford. 

Ivan Toney’s penalty and Sergi Canos’ strike were cancelled out by second-half goals from two of the three subs, Lee Gregory and Louie Sibley.

Preston’s Alan Brown (centre) was sent off at Middlesbrough before boss Alex Neil followed

The Preston manager was sent to the Riverside stands by referee Oliver Langford 

Preston boss Alex Neil and midfielder Alan Browne were sent off in their 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

Jordan Storey had already sliced into his own net when

Browne was dismissed for an off-the-ball clash with Sam Morsy. Neil followed him at half-time for protesting and Marcus Tavernier sealed Boro’s win.




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