Bournemouth extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship to four points after a 3-0 win over Cardiff in 10 men on Thursday.
After returning to victory with a hard-fought 1-0 win at QPR on Monday, Scott Parker’s men knew they could seize the opportunity to end the year with a good lead over second-placed Fulham, especially considering the fact that postponements have prevented the Cottagers from December 20.
They started positively at Vitality Stadium and took the lead after 25 minutes when Ryan Christie scored his first goal for the club following a summer move from Celtic. The guests were also reduced to 10 men before half-time, with Leandro Bacuna sent off for a nasty challenge on Philip Billing.
Dominic Solanke then scored his 19th goal of the season in all competitions after the break, before the comfortable win was completed in the final 10 minutes when Bluebirds goalkeeper Alex Smithies helped the ball into his own goal after a Jefferson Lerma shot. .
At the bet365 stadium, Derby they once again showed their fighting spirit to beat Stoke 2-1.
Rams teenager Luke Plange opened the scoring after 16 minutes when he scored home his second first-team goal in just four appearances after being located by Kamil Jozwiak.
Tom Ince responded in the 78th minute against his former employers to equalize the match for Michael O’Neill’s side, but Colin Kazim-Richards was the winner of the second straight game earning the Derby – who is now just 11 points from safety – a third consecutive victory.
QPR came from a goal behind to earn a 2-1 win out of 10 men Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Robins starlet Alex Scott, 18, scored in three minutes to give Nigel Pearson’s side the perfect start, even if their cause wasn’t helped by a draw from the spot, courtesy of Charlie Austin. and a second yellow card for Andy King at the start of the second half.
And just when it looked like the points were going to be shared in the teams’ final game of 2021, Yoann Barbet slammed the ball home from Stefan Johansen’s corner to drive the traveling support crazy.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest have been punished for not taking any of their many chances like Huddersfield he left the City Ground with a narrow 1-0 victory.
Duane Holmes scored the only goal of the game, controlling a Harry Toffolo pass and crushing a shot behind Brice Samba from a tight angle.