Brighton extended their unbeaten run and lead at the top of the table to four points with a 1-0 win over Hull City.
Tomer Hemed scored the only goal on a day in which The Amex remembered the 11 people who lost their lives in the recent Shoreham air crash. The Tigers, who were second, slip down to sixth.
Orlando Sa’s hat-trick secured Reading their first home win this season as they thumped Ipswich 5-1. The Portuguese striker put the Royals in the lead, before Freddie Sears equalised for Mick McCarthy’s side. However, Sa netted again either side of the break and Nick Blackman also got his name on the scoresheet with a fine left-footed effort. But the goal of the night was Oliver Norwood, who intercepted the ball and hit a stunning 35-yard effort into the top left-hand corner to round off the rout.
Nottingham Forest won their first away game since February after coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at QPR. The hosts took the lead as Charlie Austin netted his fifth goal of the season, but a penalty from Henri Lansbury, in an incident in which Robert Green was sent off, and a debut goal from Nelson Oliveira eight minutes from time, finally ended their poor away record.
Clayton Donaldson’s first-half hat-trick inspired Birmingham to a 4-2 win over Bristol City in a fantastic contest at St. Andrew’s. Donaldson scored twice in the first 20 minutes, before Johnathan Kodjia pulled one back for the Robins. Donaldson then tucked away a penalty before half-time to complete his treble, while Kodjia got his second and Jonathan Grounds extended Birmingham’s two-goal cushion after the break.
Cardiff have made their best start in seven years and are now second in the Championship after a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Huddersfield, thanks to goals from Anthony Pilkington and Joe Mason.
Stewart Downing got his first goal for Middlesbrough after re-joining his hometown side in the summer. Another former England international David Nugent also scored his first for the club in Boro’s 2-0 victory over MK Dons at the Riverside.
Bolton were winless and had only scored one goal in the league before Saturday, but strikes from Liam Feeney and Zach Clough (pen) changed that as they won 2-1 at home to Wolves. Benik Afobe pulled one back for the away side from the spot.
Burnley won their third game in a row by beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Turf Moor. David Jones’ superb free-kick opened the scoring, before Atdhe Nuhiu equalised for The Owls. However, Matthew Taylor and Andre Gray sealed the points, with the latter getting his first for the club.
Elsewhere, Charlton drew 1-1 at home to Rotherham United, Leeds United and Brentford played out the same scoreline, Derby won their first match of the campaign by beating Preston 2-1 at Deepdale, and Fulham beat a struggling Blackburn 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
Player of the Week: Orlando Sa (Reading)
Team of the Week: Reading
Goal of the Week: Oliver Norwood (Reading)
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) September 11, 2015