Hull City extended their lead at the top of the Championship to two points, despite being pinned back to a goalless draw at home to third-placed Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.
The Seagulls’ goalkeeper David Stockdale was forced to make a splendid stop to deny Tom Huddlestone firing the Tigers in front during the first-half, before again saving brilliantly to keep out Sam Clucas’ goal bound effort later on.
Brighton striker Tomer Hemed looked to have scored the winner when he converted Anthony Knockaert’s delivery into the back of the net, but he was ruled out for offside.
Steve Bruce’s side still sit two points above runners-up Middlesbrough, although Aitor Karanka’s men have a game in hand, meanwhile Chris Hughton’s Brighton leapt in front of Burnley into third and now lie just one point adrift of the automatic promotion places.
The only other game in the Championship last night came at Ewood Park, where Blackburn Rovers ended their woeful nine-game winless run to comfortably defeat Fulham 3-0.
Rovers were gifted their opener after just 15 minutes following Luke Garbutt foul on the attacking Ben Marshall in the penalty box, with the winger quickly dusting himself off to fire the resulting spot kick past ‘keeper Andrew Lonergan.
Then two second-half efforts from Shane Duffy and Danny Graham, his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Sunderland, sealed all three points for Paul Lambert’s side, who leapfrogged the Whites into 18th spot.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s visitors dropped to 19th place, just six points above the relegation zone, having played one game more than last night’s victors.