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Championship roundup: QPR keeper scores last-gasp leveller at Sunderland

The QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng scored a stoppage-time equaliser to force a 2-2 draw at Sunderland in the Championship.

Dieng headed home deep into time added on to complete a remarkable comeback by Michael Beale’s team. Sunderland were 2-0 up and coasting towards a win after first-half goals from Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms. But Elias Chair got Rangers back in it in the 87th minute and five minutes later Chair’s cross was incredibly converted by Dieng, who then made an incredible stop at the other end.

“At half-time we had honest words, told them to live more dangerously, we played on the front foot and Ilias scores a great goal,” said Beale. “I thought the moment had gone but Seny had other plans. It was a great goal followed by a great save. When Seny went up an assistant said: ‘Are you happy?’ I said I am not going to bring him back. When the goalkeeper goes up, who picks him up, he attacks both balls in. A crazy game.”

Rotherham enjoyed a stellar afternoon as they hammered Reading 4-0 at the New York Stadium. The Millers blew Paul Ince’s side away in the first half, racing into a 3-0 lead after only 18 minutes and adding a fourth before the break. Reading’s goalkeeper Joe Lumley had an afternoon to forget. After Richard Wood headed the hosts in front, Lumley allowed Conor Washington to score from an acute angle, before letting a weak Jamie Lindsay shot through his hands. Chiedozie Ogbene piled on the misery for Lumley, beating the keeper to the ball and finishing into an empty net.

“All that going forward didn’t please me as much as our defending,” said the Rotherham manager Paul Warne. “Generally speaking we defended really well. I thought we deserved to win but maybe not by four goals – but I’m not complaining.”

Millwall came from two goals down to beat Coventry 3-2. The Sky Blues were in dreamland after just 28 minutes as Kyle McFadzean and Matty Godden put them 2-0 up. Jake Cooper’s goal before half-time proved pivotal as it gave the Lions something to cling on to and they quickly levelled after the restart through George Honeyman. Gustavo Hamer was sent off for Coventry and then George Saville’s 85th-minute goal won it for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Coventry have had a second Championship game postponed due to the condition of their pitch, with Tuesday’s home match against Wigan called off by the EFL due to ongoing issues with the playing surface at the Coventry Building Society Arena. Last weekend, their opening home fixture against Rotherham was postponed, and the Carabao Cup tie with Bristol City was moved to Burton’s Pirelli Stadium.

Norwich are enduring a difficult start following relegation last season as they lost 2-1 at Hull, who climbed to third. Óscar Estupiñán scored twice, once in either half, to extend the Tigers’ unbeaten start to the campaign, despite Marcelino Núñez’s consolation for the Canaries, who sit bottom after three games.

Dean Smith urged Norwich fans to stay calm following the defeat. “We’re giving ourselves tough things to come back from with silly mistakes, but I don’t think after three games there’s any cause to panic,” he said. “We should have won the game in the first 20 minutes – the chances we created and the players who they fell to.”

Huddersfield earned their first points of the season by beating Stoke 3-1. Lee Nicholls’s penalty save from Lewis Baker in the first half proved pivotal as Yuta Nakayama headed the Terriers in front before the break. Baker made amends for his spot-kick miss as he levelled after the restart but late goals from Danny Ward and Jordan Rhodes gave Danny Schofield his first win as Terriers manager.

Swansea got their first win of the campaign as they beat Blackpool 1-0. After Andy Fisher saved Jerry Yates’s penalty early in the second half, Olivier Ntcham scored in the final 10 minutes to get the Swans up and running for the campaign.

Cardiff manager Steve Morison said he was “pleased as punch” with his team’s performance as they dominated Birmingham to win 1-0, with Aston Villa loanee Jaden Philogene scoring the only goal on 17 minutes. “We should have had a couple more,” he said, “but, on the whole, it was really pleasing … Anyone can beat anyone this year, I don’t think there’s going to be a Fulham, it’s going to be very tight so it’s about stringing results together and getting that consistency.”

Elsewhere, Brad Potts’s acrobatic finish was enough for Preston to beat Luton 1-0 while Wigan and Bristol City drew 1-1.