Brighton climbed up to second place in the Championship as they won 2-1 at struggling MK Dons to close the gap to just four points on leaders Burnley.
Substitute Tomer Hemed scored two goals in six minutes for the Seagulls to give the visitors a two-goal cushion. Anthony Kay pulled one back for the hosts with 20 minutes left to play.
Burnley were denied a seventh consecutive league victory after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Wolves. Sam Vokes had put the Clarets in front, but a stoppage-time equaliser from Danny Batth meant it was a point-a-piece at Turf Moor.
Middlesbrough dramatically beat fellow promotion hopefuls Hull 1-0 on Friday night thanks to David Nugent’s injury-time header from Albert Adomah’s cross saw Aitor Karanka’s side take all three points in his first game back in the dugout. Boro are now five points behind leaders Burnley.
Meanwhile, Bristol City are now six points clear of the relegation zone after they destroyed fellow strugglers Bolton 6-0, with six different scorers getting their name on the scoresheet. The Robins were 2-0 up after just ten minutes thanks to strikes from Aaron Wilbraham and Lee Tomlin, which were followed up by goals from Peter Odemwingie, Scott Wagstaff, Jonathan Kodjia and Joe Bryan.
Huddersfield came from a goal down to thrash Leeds 4-1. Stuart Dallas had given the hosts the lead, but the Terriers’ captain Mark Hudson found the back of the net to equalise on the stroke of half-time. The comeback was complete when Harry Bunn’s effort flew past Marco Silvestri, before Karim Matmour and Nahki Wells finished off the rout.
Sheffield Wednesday continued their play-off push with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Charlton. Tom Lees finally broke the deadlock with just over an hour played, and the Owls had a two-goal lead once Fernando Forrestieri tapped home. The Addicks’ day was to get even worse once El-Hadji Ba turned the ball into his own net late on.
Derby edged past Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the East Midlands derby to remain fifth in the Championship. Marcus Olsson’s delightful right-footed effort found the net with just over ten minutes left.
Blackburn ensured Brentford lost for the seventh time in eight matches after their 1-0 win, despite having a man sent-off. Grant Hanley was booked for the second time after nearly an hour played, but his central defensive partner Shane Duffy latched onto a Tony Watt pass with just four minutes left to play for the eventual winner.
Rotherham picked up their fourth win in five matches as they beat Ipswich 1-0 to move two points above the drop zone after moving out of the relegation zone. Striker Leon Best scored his third goal in just two games.
QPR conceded a late equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Preston. Sebastian Polter’s early header had given the Hoops the lead inside the opening five minutes. But Eoin Doyle earned the hosts a point in the 91st minute with a fine header of his own.
Fulham have now gone six matches without a win as they drew 1-1 with Birmingham. Rohan Ince’s low drive gave the Cottagers the lead at half-time. But the scores were level soon after the break as Michael Morrison headed in David Cotterill’s cross.
Cardiff kept their promotion dreams alive as they snatched a point against Reading, where it finished 1-1. Gareth McCleary had come off the bench for the hosts to make it 1-0, but the Welsh club drew level when Lex Immers found the back of the net.
Player of the Weekend: Tomer Hemed (Brighton)
Team of the Weekend: Bristol City
Goal of the Weekend: Garath McCleary (READING vs Cardiff City)