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There were a number of Irish players on target in the Championship today

Former Ireland U21 international Aiden O’Brien hit the winner, as Millwall beat table toppers Leeds.

Millwall's Aiden O'Brien celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game.
Millwall's Aiden O'Brien celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game.

IT WAS AN encouraging day for Irish players in the Championship, with a couple of notable names on the scoresheet.

David McGoldrick was on target in Ipswich’s 2-0 victory at home to Bolton, with Josh Cullen completing 90 minutes for the visitors.

Another Irish international, David Meyler, came off the bench to hit a late equaliser for Hull in their 1-1 draw against Sunderland, with Marc Wilson lining out for the Black Cats.

Liam Kelly scored from the penalty spot for Reading, as they drew 1-1 with Brentford. It was a game that featured two Irish centre-backs – Paul McShane and John Egan took part for their respective teams.

Former Ireland U21 international Aiden O’Brien hit the winner, as Millwall beat Championship leaders Leeds 1-0, with Conor Shaughnessy and Eunan O’Kane both featuring for the visitors.

There were no Irish goalscorers in Preston’s 3-1 win over Birmingham, though both Sean Maguire and Alan Browne completed 90 minutes for the visitors, in a result that led to Blues boss Harry Redknapp’s sacking.

It was a disappointing afternoon for defender Richard Keogh, as Derby were beaten 4-1 by Bristol City, with Callum O’Dowda making a substitute appearance for the latter.

On-loan Huddersfield player Sean Scannell started for Burton Albion, as they overcame Fulham 2-1 to move up to 19th in the Championship.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and Sheffield Wednesday had to settle for a point, as the Owls drew 1-1 away to Cardiff.

Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie were both in action for Middlesbrough, as they beat QPR 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium to move up to seventh, with Ryan Manning playing the full game for the visitors.

Wolves went level on points with table toppers Leeds, after defeating Nottingham Forest 2-1 – Matt Doherty and Daryl Murphy lined out for their respective sides.

Enda Stevens started and Samir Carruthers came off the bench for Sheffield United, who lost at home to a Norwich side for whom Wes Hoolahan was an unused sub.

And finally, Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane both completed 90 minutes, while Scott Hogan came off the bench for the final 15, amid Aston Villa’s 3-0 win away to Barnsley.

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