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Clarke scores four as Sheffield United win to go second
November 4, 2017 / 5:39 PM / 19 days ago

Clarke scores four as Sheffield United win to go second

(Reuters) - Leon Clarke scored all four goals as Sheffield United came from behind to earn a 4-1 win over Hull City and move up to second in the English Championship (second tier) on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Championship - Sheffield United vs Hull City - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - November 4, 2017 Sheffield United's Leon Clarke celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Paul Burrows

Kamil Grosicki had given the visitors the lead at half time, but Clarke was unstoppable as his goals completed a remarkable turnaround that saw Chris Wilder’s men get back to winning ways after defeat in midweek.

Bristol City’s fine form continued as they earned a 2-1 win over promotion rivals Cardiff to move up to fourth in the table.

Callum O‘Dowda put the home side in front at Ashton Gate in the day’s early kick-off, before Cardiff pulled level four minutes before the break through Omar Bogle.

Soccer Football - Championship - Sheffield United vs Hull City - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - November 4, 2017 Sheffield United's Leon Clarke celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Paul Burrows

However, Bogle was dismissed in the 55th minute for a late challenge on Marlon Pack and the hosts made the numerical advantage count as Aden Flint headed in the winner to ensure the Robins made it four wins in a row in all competitions.

Sheffield Wednesday, who face Bristol City next, netted their second win in a week by beating Aston Villa -- who lost John Terry early on through injury -- 2-1 at Villa Park.

Soccer Football - Championship - Sheffield United vs Hull City - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - November 4, 2017 Sheffield United's Leon Clarke scores their second goal Action Images/Paul Burrows

Reading continued in their quest to turn around their season by strolling to a surprise 4-2 win at in-form Derby, who now have Ipswich hot on their heels in seventh after Mick McCarthy’s men inflicted a fourth defeat in a row on Preston North End with a 3-0 success at Portman Road.

There was better news for Bolton Wanderers as they picked up a 2-1 win over Norwich that moved them off the bottom of the table.

Nottingham Forest, who had never lost a home match against Queens Park Rangers -- a run of 33 matches stretching back to their first meeting in January 1934 -- extended that record with a comfortable 4-0 win at the City Ground.

Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Clare Fallon

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