Championship - Round-up: Iwelumo inspires Burnley fightback

Eurosport - Sat, 11 Sep 19:18:00 2010

Chris Iwelumo scored a hat-trick as Burnley netted three times in the last six minutes to stun 10-man Preston in a frantic Lancashire derby.

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Iwelumo headed the opener on six minutes only for Preston to recover in some style.

Adam Barton slotted home the leveller on 23 minutes before Keith Treacy danced through the home defence to put Preston 2-1 ahead on 32 minutes.

Jon Parkin seemed to have won it for the visitors when he converted Treacy's cross on 70 minutes before Billy Jones was sent off seven minutes later for time-wasting after an earlier booking.

It proved a pivotal moment as Scotland striker Iwelumo volleyed a stunning second on 84 minutes before heading the equaliser with two minutes remaining.

Jay Rodriguez was left unmarked in the Preston box to head the winner from Ross Wallace's cross to complete a fabulous recovery for Burnley.

There was no sign of the drama to unfold when Iwelumo rose to meet Wallace's corner for the opening goal of the game.

Preston got lucky for the equaliser when Barton seemed to handle before finishing, but there was no doubt about Treacy's goal that put them ahead as he finished via a post five minutes after hitting the bar with a volley.

Preston lost Joshua King, who crumpled after a late tackle by Danny Fox, and Matthew James to untimely injuries, but they looked like they had put the match to bed when Parkin netted after a delightful three-man move involving Barton and Treacy.

Preston manager Darren Ferguson, watched by dad Sir Alex Ferguson, was celebrating wildly when Preston made it three, but his mood soon changed when Jones was red carded for failing to get on with the game

Credit must also go to the home boss Brian Laws, who introduced Chris Eagles, Jack Cork and Rodriguez as Burnley attempted to claw back their three-goal deficit.

Burnley changed to 4-4-2 and they damaged Preston from the wide areas as the visiting side's failure to cut out cross balls proved costly.

But even Law s could not have predicted such a finish as Iwelumo popped up twice before Rodriguez scored to deny their local rivals a point they probably merited.

Burnley are fifth top of the Championship on ten points, three points adrift of leaders QPR and Cardiff, as they bid to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Preston remain near the foot of the table. They are third from bottom with three points from five games.

The nature of the defeat at Turf Moor will not exactly enhance their confidence.

Early leaders QPR continued their impressive start to the Championship season with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Heidar Helguson broke the deadlock for the Londoners with a penalty after the striker himself was pulled down by midfielder Barry Robson.

After a tight first half, the goal paved the way for Rangers to enjoy themselves and it was quickly 2-0 thanks to Hogan Ephraim's nice finish from Adel Taarabt's ball in. Jamie Mackie (59) made it 3-0 to take his side to 13 points from five games.

Cardiff kept pace with the leaders with a 2-0 win over Hull in Wales to stay level on points with their rivals.

On-loan Seyi Olofinjana headed Cardiff in front after 20 minutes against his parent club and Gavin Rae wrapped up the win with a strike from close range in the 81st minute.

Ipswich, who began the day level on points with QPR and Cardiff, had to be content with a point after a goalless draw away to Portsmouth.

Both sides had plenty of opportunities and a goal seemed inevitable. However, the goalkeepers finished with the credit as both sides were left frustrated.

Dexter Blackstock went from villain to hero as Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with high-flying Millwall.

Blackstock missed an early penalty after Steve Morison had continued his good start to the season with a fifth-minute goal. However, the striker was on hand to head home an 80th-minute equaliser at the City Ground.

Leeds came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1.

Steven Dobbie put Swansea ahead 13 minutes in at Elland Road but Leeds improved in the second half and went level through Bradley Johnson 11 minutes after the break.

Luciano Becchio scored a well-deserved winner in the 63rd minute as Simon Grayson's side's spirit was justifiably rewarded.

Norwich were another side to come from behind and win, beating Barnsley 2-1 at home.

Jay McEveley's header in first-half injury-time put Barnsley 1-0 up but Stephen Foster's unfortunate own goal 19 minutes from time put Norwich level. The Canaries then won it through Chris Martin (80).

George Friend's equaliser deep into injury-time earned Doncaster a 2-2 draw away at Watford.

After Simon Gillett's first-half opener for Rovers, Marvin Sordell's double put Watford ahead only for Friend to rifle home two minutes into added time.

Penalties from Shane Long and Ian Harte and Jimmy Kebe's late strike gave Reading a 3-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace while Bristol City beat Scunthorpe 2-0 away from home through Albert Adomah and David Clarkson's strikes.

In the early games, Andy King's late leveller for Leicester cancelled out Clive Platt's header at Coventry while Richard Cresswell's first goal of the season clinched Sheffield United a 1-0 win over Derby.


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