Championship roundup: Fulham narrows lead with 7-0 rout from Blackburn

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Fulham reduced the gap to championship leaders Bournemouth to two points with an unmistakable 7-0 win over 10 men Blackburn.

The Cottagers were already two goals ahead thanks to strikes from Neeskens Kebano and Aleksandar Mitrovic when Jan Paul van Hecke was sent off at the half hour. The Dutch defender received a red card for serious misconduct after knocking Harry Wilson down.

Rovers survived further damage until half-time, but Wilson scored a quick brace early in the second half as Fulham edged closer to a fifth straight league win. Late goals from Kebano and substitute Rodrigo Muniz, who scored twice from the bench, ended a magnificent night for Marco Silva’s side at Ewood Park.

Top of the table Bornemouth lost for the first time in the league this season as they suffered a surprise home loss to Preston. Ben Whiteman put the visitors ahead early in the second half but Philip Billing equalized on the hour mark. The Cherries were expected to continue and win, but Alistair McCann scored 12 minutes to give the Lilywhites a first league victory away from the campaign.

Third West Brom also got a little closer to Scott Parker’s side after a relentless 1-0 win over shell with Aubépines. Karlan Grant scored the only goal of the game after 69 minutes. Steven Fletcher’s 79th-minute goal sealed a 1-0 win for Feed To Blackpool and the three points move Stoke into the play-off places. QPR are up to fifth place in the table after Andre Gray’s first-half goal saw them win 1-0 in difficulty Cardiff.

The big game at the bottom of the table saw Barnsley come from behind to win 2-1 against Derby in Oakwell. Sam Baldock opened the scoring for the visitors but Victor Adeboyejo equalized before the break. Aaron Iseka scored the game-winning goal shortly after the restart for Barnsley without a manager.

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