The Baggies remain two points clear in the Championship.

Result: Livermore haunts Hull as West Brom consolidate top spot in Championship

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West Brom consolidated their position at the summit of the Championship table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

The Baggies didn't have it all their own way in East Yorkshire and Grant McCann's side were confident having won their last three outings, but it was an old face that came back to haunt the Tigers.

Jake Livermore, who spent three-and-a-half seasons as a Hull player before joining West Brom in 2017, scored the only goal in the 28th minute, firing home from distance.

The home side had their chances, with Kamil Grosicki spurning their most notable opportunity, but West Brom showed the grit of promotion contenders to ensure Livermore's strike was decisive.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it was Slaven Bilic's outfit who dominated the early encounters, but despite seeing most of the ball they failed to carve out any real chance of note inside Hull's penalty area.

That was until the 21st minute when Darnell Furlong was allowed space down the right-hand side to pick out Grady Diangana in the area with a teasing cross, only for the West Ham loanee to send his header over the bar.

Just two minutes later, though, Grosicki should have opened the scoring.

The Poland international's run into the area was picked out by Jackson Irvine but he lacked the conviction to make the most of the chance, putting his tame shot wide from 12 yards.

Matt Phillips stung the palms of City goalkeeper George Long with an effort from outside the area and from the resulting corner, West Brom took the lead.

A short corner found its way to Livermore, who was in acres of space on the edge of the area, and he punished his old side for their slack defending by lashing the ball home.

The Tigers rallied before half-time and did find the back of the net themselves as the in-form Jarrod Bowen poked home, only to see his celebrations halted by a raised flag.

Eric Lichaj made a clumsy run forward but after a clever one-two with Bowen, he squared the ball into the area where Kevin Stewart was arriving but he couldn't get the connection he craved.

The Baggies weren't exactly in control in the second half but in the space of a minute they missed two great scoring opportunities.

First the lively Diangana dragged a shot wide of Long's goal after a neat piece of passing play on the edge of the area and moments later Matheus Pereira put a shot wide from a central position.

The Baggies, though, had done enough to maintain their two-point cushion at the top of the league.

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Result: Livermore haunts Hull as West Brom consolidate top spot in Championship

Result: Clucas bags brace as O'Neill gets off to winning Stoke start

New Stoke boss Michael O'Neill got off to a flyer with a 4-2 win against relegation rivals Barnsley.

A double from Sam Clucas gave the away side at Oakwell three huge points to lift them off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table, while Barnsley dropped to the bottom with only one win this term.

The opening goal came within just seven minutes as Brad Collins in the Barnsley goal passed the ball straight to Clucas, who chipped the ball over the keeper from over 35 yards out for his fourth goal this season.

Amid some boos from the home supporters, James McClean was threaded through on goal, but his left-footed shot forced Collins into a save.

The first real chance for the hosts was a long-range effort from Kenny Dougall, but his shot veered wide.

Stoke then doubled their advantage from the penalty spot. After some neat play down the left the ball fell to McClean, who was brought down by Alex Mowatt, with Lee Gregory converting by slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.

Collins was called into action once again when Joe Allen threaded the ball through to Tom Ince, whose shot was handled easily by the Barnsley keeper.

The hosts had the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman had his flag up. Cameron McGeehan was called offside just before he crossed the ball in to Cauley Woodrow.

Two minutes after the interval, Barnsley pulled a goal back. Substitute Luke Thomas played the ball through to McGeehan, who smashed it into the top right corner to give Jack Butland no chance.

The Tykes had the chance to draw level when Conor Chaplin went to ground in the area and the ball fell to Mowatt, whose shot glanced wide.

Stoke came close to increasing their lead when Gregory's shot from six yards out bounced off Collins.

The resulting corner gave Stoke their 3-1 lead. The ball bounced around the area and fell to Allen, who guided the ball into the bottom left corner.

Three minutes later, Clucas got his second goal of the game, shooting from distance once again to give Collins no chance.

Barnsley pulled a goal back, after a high through ball found substitute Patrick Schmidt, who placed the ball into the bottom corner.

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Result: Preston cruise to Huddersfield win to remain second in Championship

Preston cruised to a dominant 3–1 win at home to Huddersfield to remain second in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Alex Neil's side have now lost just once in their last 13 league games, as goals from Jayden Stockley, Alan Browne and Paul Gallagher ended Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run.

Huddersfield struggled to live with the attacking force of the hosts for the majority of the game, as Danny Cowley's side saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end in wet conditions in Lancashire.

The hosts were in confident mood from kick off and Stockley handed them a deserved lead after just four minutes at Deepdale.

The former Exeter striker reacted quickest inside the six-yard box, as Gallagher's free kick came back off the post, to nod past Kamil Grabara.

Neil's side pushed on from there in search of a quick second goal, with Sean Maguire heading two chances wide and Stockley dragging close range effort off target.

However, they were not left waiting long, as Browne doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break.

The Republic of Ireland international kept his composure to fire home Tom Barkhuizen's cross from a tight angle for his first goal of the season.

Barkhuizen was then inches away from putting the game out of Huddersfield's reach just before the half-time whistle, as he headed Stockley's flick on wide of the post.

Preston picked up where they left off after the restart with Browne heading Darnell Fisher's cross just wide.

But they only had to wait five minutes into the second half to put the game to bed, as Gallagher confidently fired home from the penalty spot, following a handball by Terence Kongolo.

The Lilywhites were in no mood for slowing down, showing their confidence as Browne tested Grabara with a 25-yard drive just after the hour mark.

However, despite struggling to create anything in the Preston half in the first hour of the game, Huddersfield did muster a response in the closing stages.

Juninho Bacuna showed real power to burst through two Preston tackles in midfield and with the hosts' defence backing off, he powered an effort home from the edge of the box on 74 minutes.

Browne was then called into emergency action inside his own box to make a sliding block from Alex Pritchard, before Bacuna wasted a great chance from 15 yards, with eight minutes to go.

And with the away fans finally finding their voice as the clock ticked down towards full time, Cowley's side almost set up a tense finale.

Pritchard pounced on a loose pass from Ryan Ledson on the edge of the Preston box and fed Bacuna clean through inside the area, but Preston keeper Declan Rudd did well to keep his concentration and rush off his line to make a brave stop.

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