Steve McClaren shows his frustration during Nottingham Forest’s 5-1 defeat at Burnley. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images
The Nottingham Forest manager, Steve McClaren, had blamed off-field “squabbling” for his side’s lamentable start in the Championship this week and they responded by going down without a fight at Burnley.
Forest were 4-0 down at half-time against a Clarets side who started the night below them in 21st position and the 5-1 defeat must now leave McClaren’s City Ground tenure hanging by a thread. Jay Rodriguez shot Burnley into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes and Chris McCann and Ross Wallace added goals before half-time. Ishmael Miller scored a 59th-minute consolation before Charlie Austin completed the rout.
Nigel Clough’s Derby County missed their chance to go top as they were held 1-1 by Barnsley at Pride Park, with Steve Davies’s second-half penalty cancelling out Guy Butterfield’s opener for the visitors.
The former West Ham United player Lee Bowyer came back to haunt his old club at Upton Park as Sam Allardyce’s side also missed the opportunity to threaten top spot with a late 1-0 defeat by Ipswich Town. Bowyer, who spent three Premier League seasons with the Hammers, struck in the 89th minute to grab all three points and stretch Ipswich’s run to three games unbeaten.
Doncaster Rovers remain rooted to the foot of the table but continued their improvement under Dean Saunders by holding out for a 1-1 draw with Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium. Martyn Waghorn put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes but Simon Gillett equalised in the 58th for Rovers, who have taken four points from two home games after Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace.
Bristol City blew a two-goal lead against Reading, who stormed back to win 3-2 at Ashton Gate. Albert Adomah gave City a half-time lead which Brett Pitman extended on 59 minutes. But the Royals replied through Jobi McAnuff and Adam Le Fondre before Mathieu Manset’s last-minute winner.
Coventry City‘s trying season continued as a stoppage-time equaliser from Keith Southern forced them to settle for a dramatic 2-2 draw with Blackpool at the Ricoh Arena. Gary Taylor-Fletcher gave the visitors the half-time lead but late strikes from Gary Deegan and Lukas Jutkiewicz â€“ the latter seven minutes from time â€“ seemed to have swung the game City’s way until Southern’s late header.
A stoppage-time own-goal from Erik Huseklepp handed Peterborough a 3-2 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Lee Frecklington had twice given Posh the lead only for a Gabriel Zakuani own-goal and a strike from Benjani Mwaruwari to bring Pompey level.
Brighton & Hove Albion blew the chance to take advantage of the inactivity of Southampton and Middlesbrough and move to the top of the table after falling to a dramatic late defeat at home to Crystal Palace, who scored three goals in the last 11 minutes after Brighton had led from the seventh minute.