Championship roundup: Aston Villa slip to shock defeat against QPR

• Villa lose ground as Wolves and Cardiff extend their lead at top
• Sheffield United stay in play-off race with win over Burton

Aston Villa’s hopes of automatic promotion suffered a major blow with a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to QPR that, coupled with wins for Wolves and Cardiff, saw Villa fall seven points off the pace in third.

Steve Bruce’s side, having thrashed the leaders Wolves 4-1 on Saturday, fell behind to Ryan Manning’s header after 12 minutes and Jake Bidwell’s deflected effort put the visitors 2-0 up at half-time.

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