Hull City went top of the Championship table after a late Abel Hernandez penalty gave them a 1-0 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The Uruguayan scored the game’s only goal with ten minutes left to play from the spot, after Moses Odubajo was brought down by Lasse Vigen Christensen. The Tigers have now won their last four matches and go a point above Middlesbrough at the top of the table.
Boro were powerless to resist Nottingham Forest’s outstanding unbeaten run which was has now been extended to 12 games as they beat Aitor Karanka’s side 1-0.
Jamie Ward’s calm finish in the 70th minute from Ben Osborn’s pass was the first Middlesbrough had conceded at the Riverside in the league for 10 matches, and they have now lost their last two games.
Burnley moved up to third on Monday night as they beat fellow promotion hopefuls Derby 4-1 at Turf Moor, with the Rams dropping to sixth.
A Richard Keogh own goal have the Clarets the lead, but Jacob Butterfield levelled the scores with a fine volley. However, three goals in 12 second half minutes, including penalties from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, sealed the points for the hosts.
Brighton climbed to fourth place with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield, thanks to goals from Bobby Zamora and on-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson. New Seagulls signing Anthony Knockaert set both goals up either side of a Harry Bunn equaliser for the Terriers, but Chris Houghton’s team took the spoils.
Bolton won for the first time in four matches with a crucial 3-1 victory over MK Dons, closing the gap to safety to just five points. Rob Holding put the hosts 1-0 up, before Darren Partly added another before half-time.
Josh Murphy pulled one back for the visitors, but Shola Amoeba’s injury-time effort helped Neil Lennon’s team win for only the third time this season.
Birmingham leapfrogged play-off rivals Ipswich with a 3-0 win to move up to seventh place. Will Buckley scored on his home debut from close range following his loan move from Sunderland. Second-half strikes from Jon Toral, who scored a wonderful volley, and Maikel Kieftenbeld rounded off the scoring.
Brentford put an end to their four-game losing run by beating Preston 3-1 to register their first win in 2016. Greg Cunningham’s own goal put the Bees ahead but the hosts equalised when Adam Reach picked up a failed clearance from Harlee Dean. Alan Judge put the visitors back in the lead with John Swift’s deflected making it 3-1.
Sheffield Wednesday failed to win a fourth straight Championship game as they drew 1-1 at Reading, but they remain in the play-off places on goal difference.
Gary Hooper opened the scoring for the Owls in the same week that he completed his permanent transfer from Norwich. Jake Cooper equalised for the Royals from a corner after Matej Vydra failed to convert a penalty.
Leeds have now gone six games unbeaten at home after a 1-0 win over Bristol City. Souleymane Doukara scored the only goal of the game – his third strike in four games – when he fired the ball into the back of the net.
Cardiff came from behind to draw 2-2 with Rotherham in a thoroughly entertaining game that saw Anthony Pilkington score three goals. The winger put the Welsh ahead inside 25 minutes, before Joe Newell made it 1-1 just before the break with a good finish. Pilkington then scored an own goal from a corner to give the visitors the lead, but he redeemed himself to equalise.
Charlton’s winless run has now stretched to 11 games after they drew at home 1-1 with Blackburn. Harry Lennon put the Addicks ahead with a deflected shot, but Jordan Rhodes levelled for Rovers on the stroke of half-time.
QPR and Wolves drew 1-1 in a match that really could have gone either way. Sebastian Polter put Rangers ahead inside two minutes with a header from Matt Phillips’ free-kick. James Henry’s second-half strike made it 1-1 after it had rebounded off of two defenders before beating Alex Smithies.
Player of the Weekend: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)
Team of the Weekend: Nottingham Forest
Goal of the Weekend: Jon Toral (BIRMINGHAM vs Ipswich)