Championship Round-Up: Burnley stay top after beating Blackburn & Boro see off Wolves
7th March 2016

Burnley stayed top of the Championship after a 1-0 win over Lancashire rivals Blackburn, staying one point ahead of second-place Middlesbrough.

Andre Gray scored the game’s only goal as he netted a first-half penalty after Shane Duffy had brought down George Boyd in the area. It was the Clarets’ first win against their arch-rivals at Turf Moor since 1978.

Middlesbrough’s promotion chase continued with a 2-1 victory over Wolves, which temporarily put them top of the Championship on Friday night. Gaston Ramirez’s brace put Boro two goals to the good, before Joe Mason’s header deflected off home defender Ben Gibson as the visitors pulled one back.

Meanwhile, Charlton climbed off the bottom of the league as they won at Brentford 2-1. Callum Harriott put the visitors into the lead just 19 seconds into the match. The Bees equalised before half-time through Joann Barbet, who hit the net on his debut. However, Harriott grabbed his and the Addicks’ second of the game as Jose Riga’s men won for the first time in six attempts.

MK Dons remain three points clear of the relegation zone after a comfortable 2-0 win at home over QPR. Captain Dean Lewington opened the scoring with his first strike of the campaign, but the hosts would to wait until second half stoppage-time to double their lead as Ben Reeves slotted home a penalty.

Leeds won for only the second time in 12 matches as they beat Bolton, who have now dropped to the foot of the Championship, 2-1. Mirco Antenucci was the hero as he scored twice for the hosts, before Kaiyne Woolery’s effort made it a nervy finish.

26 January 2016 - Sky Bet Championship - Brentford v Leeds United - Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Mirco Antenucci was the hero for Leeds in their 2-1 win against Bolton. Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Rotherham’s made it two wins from two as they defeated promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Hillsborough. Matt Derbyshire’s first half strike sealed the three points as the Millers remain three points from safety, while the Owls are still win the play-offs, but only on goal difference.

Ipswich are now just one point off the top six after they defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0. Ben Pringle scored the game’s only goal with just over an hour played as his strike clipped the inside of the post before hitting the net.

Derby remain in fifth place as they strolled to a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, and the Rams are just eight points behind leaders Burnley. Chris Martin’s header put the Rams in front from Cyrus Christie’s cross. Johnny Russell’s curling effort then confirmed the win after he latched onto a loose ball when Tom Ince had hit the crossbar.

Cardiff’s 2-0 victory at Bristol City means they are now outside the play-offs places on goal difference alone. Goals from Lex Immers and Stuart O’Keefe saw the Bluebirds pick up the three points in the Severnside derby.

Fulham are now five points clear of the drop zone as they drew 2-2 at Reading. Moussa Dembele had put the Cottagers in the lead inside ten minutes, but a brace from Hal Robson-Kanu put the Royals 2-1 up. Ross McCormack then levelled the scores with just over half-an-hour played.

Brighton lost ground in the title race as they drew 0-0 at play-off hopefuls Preston, as neither side managed to break the deadlock in what could prove a valuable point for Simon Grayson’s men come the end of the season.

Player of the Weekend: Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic)
Team of the Weekend: Rotherham United
Goal of the Weekend: Mirco Antenucci (LEEDS vs Bolton)

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