Clarke scores four as Sheffield United win to go second

(Reuters) – Leon Clarke scored all four goals as Sheffield United came from behind to win 4-1 at Hull City and move up to second in the English Championship (tier two) Saturday.

Kamil Grosicki had given the visitors the lead at half-time but Clarke was unstoppable as his goals completed a remarkable turnaround that saw Chris Wilder’s men return to winning ways after their midweek defeat.

Bristol City’s good form continued as they won 2-1 at promotion rivals Cardiff to move up to fourth in the table.

Callum O’Dowda put the home side in front at Ashton Gate early on the opening day, before Cardiff equalized four minutes before the break through Omar Bogle.

However, Bogle was dismissed in the 55th minute for a late challenge on Marlon Pack and the hosts made their numerical advantage count as Aden Flint headed home the winner to ensure the Robins made it four wins in a row in all competitions.

Sheffield Wednesday, who face Bristol City, got their second win in a week by beating Aston Villa — who lost John Terry early to injury — 2-1 at Villa Park .

Reading continued their bid to turn their season around with a surprise 4-2 win at in-form Derby, who now have Ipswich hot on their heels in seventh place after Mick McCarthy’s men caused a fourth defeat in a row at Preston North End. with a 3-0 success at Portman Road.

There was better news for Bolton Wanderers as a 2-1 win at Norwich moved them off the bottom of the table.

Nottingham Forest, who had never lost a home game against Queens Park Rangers — a run of 33 matches stretching back to their first meeting in January 1934 — extended that record with a comfortable 4-0 win at the City Ground.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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