Brighton remain unbeaten and top of the Championship after coming from two goals down to dramatically beat Charlton 3-2 at the Amex.
The Addicks looked on course to give the Seagulls their first defeat in the league this season when they took a 2-0 lead inside five minutes, after strikes from Ademola Lookman and Reza Ghoochannejhad.
But a solo goal from on-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson pulled one back after the break, before Patrick Bauer was given a straight red card for the visitors.
Chris Hughton’s side took full advantage of the extra man when Bobby Zamora and Tomer Hemed struck in the final seven minutes to earn three points, a result which sees Charlton drop back into the bottom three.
Meanwhile, fellow promotion chasers Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Ipswich thanks to goals from Christian Stuani, who headed in from a wonderful Albert Adomah cross, and David Nugent, who squeezed a low driven shot off the post.
The result had put Aitor Karanka’s team top of the table on Friday night and ended the hosts’ six-game unbeaten run.
Leeds United won only their second home game of the season, as they beat high-flying Hull City 2-1 at Elland Road. The victory means the hosts are now six points clear of the relegation zone, whilst the Tigers sit six points off of Brighton.
Chris Wood put Leeds 1-0 up with a fine finish from Stuart Dallas’ inch perfect cross, before Tom Adeyemi tucked the ball home to double the lead after Alex Mowatt’s shot crashed against the crossbar. Ahmed Elmohamady pulled one back for Hull but Steve Evans’ men held on for a vital three points.
QPR beat Reading 1-0 on Thursday thanks to a stoppage time goal from Nedum Onuoha. The defeat for the Royals ultimately cost Steve Clarke his job, as he was sacked the next day, while this was to be Neil Warnock’s final match in temporary charge of the R’s, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink appointed on Friday.
At the bottom, Huddersfield climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham as David Wagner secured his first win as Terriers manager.
Goals from Joe Lolley and Nahki Wells saw them secure their first victory in seven and condemn Birmingham to a third defeat on the spin.
In the Lancashire derby, Preston beat Burnley for the first time since 2007, with a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.
On-loan Manchester United forward Will Keane broke the deadlock just past the hour mark, before Daniel Johnson made it 2-0 to end the Clarets’ nine-match unbeaten run.
Brentford won their first match under the guidance of new manager Dean Smith with a 2-0 victory over MK Dons, whose winless run extends to four matches.
Lasse Vibe and Alan Judge were the goalscorers for the Bees, who are now just one point off the play-offs.
Matt Mills scored twice and Chris O’Grady struck his second goal in two games as Nottingham Forest beat managerless Fulham 3-0 to move above them in the table, with the visitors now winless in five.
Wolves won their first game in five matches as they denied Rotherham a third consecutive win with a 2-1 victory at the New York Stadium.
James Henry and Danny Batth notched the goals to ease the pressure on manager Kenny Jackett.
Blackburn extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 2-0 win at struggling Bristol City.
Rovers’ task was made easier when the Robins were reduced to ten-men when Nathan Baker was sent-off early in the second-half, and Grant Hanley then put Paul Lambert’s side 1-0 up 10 minutes later, before Ben Marshall converted a penalty in the last five minutes to secure the points.
Bolton remain bottom of the Championship as their dire run of form continued with a 3-2 home lost against Cardiff.
The Trotters, whose players were not paid last month, seemed on course for a point, but Anthony Pilkington’s late volley grabbed the points which sees Russell Slade’s side now occupy the final play-off spot.
Sheffield Wednesday missed the chance to move into sixth but earned a credible goalless draw at home against promotion-chasing Derby.
The Rams, who have still suffered just two defeats in the league, are now two points behind second-placed Middlesbrough and four off leaders Brighton.
Player of the Weekend: Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest)
Team of the Weekend: Preston North End
Goal of the Weekend: Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers)