Aston Villa rescue last-gasp point against Brentford, Will Grigg on fire for Wigan against Stoke


Results and stories from the evening kick-offs on Tuesday, August 21

Here’s what happened in the evening kick-offs in the Championship on Tuesday, August 21…

Aston Villa 2-2 Brentford

Jonathan Kodjia rescued a last-gasp point for Aston Villa as they grabbed a 2-2 draw against Brentford.

Neal Maupay’s brace looked to have given the Bees their first ever victory at Villa Park.

But Kodjia’s injury-time header – virtually the last touch of the game – earned Villa the draw they deserved in the Sky Bet Championship.

Neal Maupay scores Brentford’s first goal

Neal Maupay scores Brentford’s first goal

Blackburn 2-2 Reading

Charlie Mulgrew netted a brace of second-half penalties as Blackburn mounted an impressive comeback to draw 2-2 with Reading and preserve their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship season.

Reading looked to be heading for their first win this term after a dominant first-half in which Jon Dadi Bodvarsson notched a brace of his own with a deft 12th-minute finish and an emphatic second midway through the half – the Royals’ first away league goals since March.

They will be aggrieved not to have taken the points and captain Paul McShane was chief culprit, twice committing needless fouls in the area. Both times, Mulgrew tucked away penalties.

It means Rovers stay unbeaten in the league at home since September 2017. Reading, meanwhile, have still not tasted victory on the road since January, and their difficult start to the season continues.

Norwich 2-0 Preston

Norwich finally got their SkyBet Championship season up and running as two late goals earned them a flattering 2-0 victory over Preston at Carrow Road.

Finnish striker Teemu Pukki fired home his third goal for his new club to break the deadlock with just 10 minutes remaining – and the points were quickly wrapped up with a 25-yard stunner from Alex Tettey six minutes later.

The result was tough on the visitors, who had more than their fair share of the play, but it was the Canaries who came out on top to secure their first league win after taking just one point from their opening three fixtures.

Tettey scored Norwich’s second from distance

Tettey scored Norwich’s second from distance

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Millwall

Barry Bannan and Tom Lees scored either side of the break to earn Sheffield Wednesday a 2-1 victory over Millwall – their first win of the season.

Ryan Tunnicliffe scored for the Lions, who were previously unbeaten.

Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay made five changes to his starting line-up, with Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu among those to miss out. They were among the substitutes. Young duo Fraser Preston and Matt Penney made their full debuts.

Bolton 1-0 Birmingham

Will Buckley scored Bolton’s first goal against Birmingham at the sixth time of asking as a 1-0 win moved them up to third in the Sky Bet Championship.

Wanderers, who only protected their second-tier status on the final day of last season, remain unbeaten while Garry Monk’s Birmingham have yet to win in four attempts.

But the visitors, who had won four of the five previous meetings against their hosts, deserved at least a point.

Birmingham created the better chances until Buckley scrambled in a cross from fellow substitute Sammy Ameobi with 17 minutes left.

Grigg netted twice for Wigan

Grigg netted twice for Wigan

Stoke 0-3 Wigan

Will Grigg bagged a brace to inspire Wigan to a dominant 3-0 win away at struggling 10-man Stoke.

Grigg opened the scoring for the Latics three minutes before the half hour on a rain-sodden night in Staffordshire, converting Gavin Massey’s pinpoint cross.

Massey got on the scoresheet himself shortly after, showing excellent determination to burst down the right and double the visitors’ advantage.

Grigg notched his second from 12 yards on 57 minutes to complete a memorable away performance after referee John Brooks awarded a penalty following Joe Allen’s foul on Nick Powell.

Late into the fixture, centre-back Ashley Williams was sent off for a second yellow card for bringing down substitute Josh Windass, compounding the misery which was felt around most of the bet365 Stadium.

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