Burnley are now seven points clear at the top of the Championship after a 3-1 win at Huddersfield extended their winning run to six consecutive matches.
Stephen Ward opened the scoring for the Clarets, before Sam Vokes doubled the visitors’ advantage. Joe Lolley pulled one back shortly before the break for the Terriers, but a Ben Mee header quickly restored their two-goal cushion.
Meanwhile, second-placed Middlesbrough lost 2-0 at Charlton on Sunday as the Addicks won for the second time in their last three matches and are now five points from safety. Jorge Teixeira fired Jose Riga’s side into the lead with a powerful header, and with ten minutes to go, Callum Harriott picked up a loose ball to seal all three points.
Rotherham United are now just a point from safety as they came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Derby. A Tom Ince brace and a tap-in from Chris Martin saw the Rams run riot in the second-half. But with seven minutes left, Danny Ward pulled one back for the hosts, then Leon Best netted his first-ever goal for the hosts before equalising in stoppage-time as the Millers stretched their unbeaten run to four games.
Sheffield Wednesday put an end to their five-match winless streak with a convincing 3-0 victory at Nottingham Forest, which ultimately cost Dougie Freedman his job. Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady netted his first strike for the Owls to put them in front. The visitor’s then doubled their lead when Fernando Forestieri’s pass allowed Gary Hooper to tap the ball home and despite having Barry Bannan sent-off, Carlos Carvalhal’s team scored a third as Marco Matias completed the rout with a well-taken finish.
QPR comfortably defeated Brentford 3-0 as the Hoops won two consecutive matches for the first time under manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Strikes from Junior Hoilett; whose shot from the edge of the penalty box flew into the net, Sebastian Polter who neatly finished after Tjaronn Chery’s precision pass allowed him an opportunity at goal, before Chery got himself on the scoresheet with a well-placed effort.
Bristol City came from a goal down to win 2-1 at fellow strugglers Fulham to move four points clear of the relegation zone. Ross McCormack’s fancy chip had put the Cottagers ahead inside the opening three minutes. But Marlon Pack’s long-range strike equalised for the Robins with 20 minutes left to play, before Lee Tomlin’s perfectly executed free-kick in stoppage-time saw the visitors take the spoils.
Leeds United won for the third game in a row as they beat Blackburn 2-1. Sol Bamba put the visitors in the lead from a corner as he volleyed the ball home. Striker Mirco Antenucci doubled their lead with just over an hour played to net his fourth goal in three matches. A late Simeon Jackson strike for the hosts at least gave the home fans something to cheer about.
Bolton began life under their new owners with a 2-1 home defeat to Preston after Liam Trotter had given the hosts the lead. But a Jordan Hugill header from Adam Reach’s cross saw the away side draw level, before Marnick Vermijl grabbed the winner for the visitors with only four minutes left to play.
Cardiff remain one point off of the play-offs as they beat Ipswich 1-0. Bruno Ecuele Manga scored the game’s only goal with barely 20 minutes played with a powerful header.
Promotion chasers Hull City could only draw 1-1 with strugglers MK Dons. Anthony Kay had given the Dons the lead with a well-taken header, but Sam Clucas equalised for the hosts, meaning the Tigers are now two points off second spot.
Wolves and Birmingham drew 0-0 in the West Midlands derby on Sunday for the second season running as neither side managed to break the deadlock. The Blues are four points off of the play-offs, whilst the hosts remain in 12th place.
Player of the Weekend: Tjaronn Chery (QPR)
Team of the Weekend: Rotherham United
Goal of the Weekend: Junior Hoilett (QPR v Brentford)