Robert Snodgrass provided his eleventh assist of the season as Aston Villa maintained their challenge for automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
The winger’s corner was headed in by James Chester as Villa won 3-0 at Sunderland on Tuesday evening, collecting three points which kept them third in the table and four behind second-placed Cardiff City.
Villa have won nine and lost just one of their last eleven league matches, with Snodgrass scoring five goals and providing five assists in that period. The 30-year-old will hope to keep his run going when Villa host leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in a mouth-watering teatime clash on Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, Martin Samuelsen played the opening 53 minutes for relegation-threatened Burton Albion in their 2-0 home defeat by Brentford. The game was still goalless when the Norwegian left the pitch. Burton will hope to return to winning ways when they host Bristol City this weekend.
There was a better result for Reece Burke, who returned to the Bolton Wanderers team and helped the Trotters secure a 1-1 draw at Reading. Bolton remain 19th in the Championship table, five points above the bottom three ahead of a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.