Hull City are now just two points behind the leaders Middlesbrough as they closed the gap at the top of the Championship with a sensational 6-0 victory over Charlton, ensuring Jose Riga’s second spell in charge at the Addicks got off to the worst possible start.
Abel Hernandez’s first-half hat-trick sealed the win with barely 40 minutes played, along with a wonderful finish from Robert Snodgrass that gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead at the break. Further strikes from Mo Diame and Isaac Hayden in the second period rounded off the scoring.
Middlesbrough were on the end of an unlikely 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Bristol City, as Wes Burns’ injury-time winner means the strugglers are in the relegation zone only by goal difference. Boro are still two points clear at the top despite the defeat.
Derby lost for the second time in three matches and are losing ground on the automatic promotion places after going down 3-0 at home to Birmingham.
After a nervy first-half, the Blues took the lead after the break through a Paul Robinson header, which was followed up a fortunate Stephen Gleeson effort and a Maikel Kieftenbeld volley.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink finally won his first game in charge of QPR as they beat Rotherham 3-0.
Junior Hoillett coolly put Rangers in front when he picked up a loose ball in the Millers’ back-line, and the lead was doubled two minutes later through Matt Phillips. Sebastian Polter added a third in the 90th minute.
Brighton put an end to three consecutive league defeats with a 1-0 win at Blackburn, as Bobby Zamora grabbed the only goal of the game on his 35th birthday to give Chris Houghton’s side their first success in eight matches.
Sheffield Wednesday dispatched Yorkshire rivals Leeds to move into the play-offs with ease as they won 2-0, with striker Gary Hooper netting a brace for the Owls.
Hooper, who is on loan from Norwich, gave the hosts the lead just 69 seconds after the break before he prodded the ball into the net for his second after some loose defending.
Burnley continued their rich vein of form with their third win in four matches on Friday night, winning 3-1 at Brentford.
Scott Arfield broke the deadlock with a wonderful curling 25-yard effort which was followed up by a Joey Barton free-kick and a George Boyd volley. Alan Judge pulled one back for the hosts, but it was not enough to spark a comeback.
MK Dons are now two points clear of the relegation zone as they beat Reading 1-0 following a late acrobatic volley from defender Joe Walsh, whose first goal for the club could prove a vital one come the end of the season.
Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches with a 3-0 victory over Bolton.
Trotters goalkeeper Ben Amos’ was sent off with barely ten minutes played for bringing down Jamie Ward in the penalty area. Nelson Oliveira dispatched of the penalty with further goals coming from Oliver Burke’s header from Ward’ cross, before the forward scored himself.
Cardiff leapfrogged Wolves into ninth place with a 3-1 away win at Molineux.
Craig Noone scored two tremendous first-half strikes from long range to give the Bluebirds a 2-0 lead, before Michal Zyro reduced the deficit to 2-1 just before the break. However, Joe Ralls restored their two goal cushion with a great left-footed drive.
Fulham picked-up their first point under the management of Slavisa Jokanovic with a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.
Ross McCormack had put the Cottagers in front inside the opening two minutes with a simple finish. But an equaliser from Mark Hudson meant it was a point apiece.
Ipswich fell out of the play-off places with a 1-1 home draw with Preston North End.
Daniel Johnson had given the visitors the lead, before Daryl Murphy netted the leveller for the hosts.
Player of the Weekend: Craig Noone (Cardiff City)
Team of the Weekend: Bristol City
Goal of the Weekend: Mohamed Diame (HULL vs Charlton)