Bryan Mbeumo, Kamo Mokotjo and Josh Dasilva were the scorers in a one-sided contest.

Result: Brentford earn comfortable win at Wigan to move into top half of Championship

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Brentford moved into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship, and within touching distance of the top six, after a straightforward 3-0 victory at struggling Wigan.

Bryan Mbeumo fired the bees in front just five minutes into the match before second-half strikes from Kamo Mokotjo and Josh Dasilva made sure of the win.

Both sides finished the contest with 10 men, with Cedric Kipre seeing red for the home side and Julian Jeanvier taking an early bath for Brentford.

Wigan were out of sorts right from the off, with Kieffer Moore playing a 70-yard ball from deep inside Brentford territory towards his own goal and goalkeeper David Marshall only just preventing the ball going out for a corner.

But the respite was only temporary, with the Bees taking the lead with only five minutes gone.

Dasilva supplied the corner from the left-hand side, which Christian Norgaard was able to meet, unmarked, from six yards out. Marshall made the initial save but Norgaard steered the rebound back to Mbeumo, who stabbed home from close range.

Wigan's first sight of goal came from Moore on the 25-minute mark but it drifted wide of the far post with David Raya untroubled.

Jamal Lowe thought he was in for Wigan just before the half-time whistle, lobbing the ball over Raya and towards the empty net. However, Pontus Jansson somehow got back to volley the ball up against the bar and off the line – with only the offside flag denying him the clearance of the season.

Brentford would have been pleased with the way they had been able to largely control the ball and keep Wigan at arm's length, and the home side will clearly have been subject to some harsh words from manager Paul Cook at the interval.

Wigan came out for the second period with a spring in their step and Michael Jacobs had a low shot saved by Raya at full stretch.

The hosts went for it on the hour mark with a double change, throwing on Josh Windass and England Under-18 star Joe Gelhardt for Jacobs and former Bee Lewis Macleod.

But almost immediately, a tough task became tougher when Brentford doubled their advantage with 20 minutes to play.

Marshall did well to claw out a cross from Dasilva, but Mokotjo was on hand to rifle home from 15 yards.

And any chance Wigan had of pulling it back disappeared within three minutes when Kipre was dismissed for a second bookable offence, taking down Ollie Watkins in full flight.

The visitors then added salt to Wigan wounds with a glorious third goal with seven minutes to go, with Dasilva sending a magnificent strike into the top corner from 20 yards.

Wigan's misery was compounded in the six added minutes when Gelhardt had to be carried off on a stretcher having taken a nasty blow to the head.

In the melee that followed, Brentford's Jeanvier was sent off, with Williams of Wigan receiving a yellow card.

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Result: Brentford earn comfortable win at Wigan to move into top half of Championship

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

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: 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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