Date: 18th December 2015 at 4:27am
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Middlesbrough are the new leaders of the Championship following a 1-0 home victory over promotion rivals Burnley.

Emilio Nsue’s second-half strike was enough to settle this top of the table clash and send Aitor Karanka’s side to the summit on goal difference.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets winless streak now stretches to six which puts them eight points off the top-two.

Brighton extended their unbeaten run this season to 21 matches, but they threw away a two-goal lead and dropped down to second after a dramatic 2-2 draw away at QPR.

After a goalless first half, Albion’s two goals in three minutes opened the game up; Dale Stephens and Rajiv van La Parra striking to put the visitors in control.

Rangers’ comeback started when Charlie Austin pulled one back after 65 minutes, before Lewis Dunk’s late red card set up a the big finish.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side made their numerical advantage count when Austin netted his 10th league goal of the season to see the Hoops move up to 12th.

15 December 2015 - Sky Bet Championship - Queens Park Rangers v Brighton & Hove Albion - Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion is sent off for this high tackle on Alejandro Faurlin of Queens Park Rangers - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Dunk was sent off for this high tackle on QPR’s Alejandro Faurlin.

Hull City slipped to fourth on goal difference despite scroing late to defeat managerless Reading 2-1 at the KC Stadium.

The Royals, who have since reappointed Brian McDermott as boss, went in front when Nick Blackman struck his 10th league goal of the season following a lovely team move.

But the Tigers hit back in the second half through Abel Hernandez and Jake Livermore’s 90th minute winner.

Derby moved above Hull into third as Tom Ince’s treble led them to a convincing 4-0 win over Bristol City.

Ince was the man of the night, grabbing his, and the Rams’ opener, before two second half efforts completed his hat-trick.

Johnny Russell added the fourth as Paul Clement’s side move to within two points of automatic promotion.

The Robins are now just one point above the relegation zone after the defeat.

Ipswich’s impressive away form continues after they beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage to record their fourth successive victory on their travels.

Craven Cottage was stunned after just 16 seconds when Freddie Sears opened the scoring for the visitors.

However, Ross McCormack’s 11th of the season brought the hosts level, but Mick McCarthy’s men picked up all three points to stay in the top-six courtesy of Brett Pitman’s second half strike.

Cardiff are still just one point off the top-six after an injury-time winner from Kenwyne Jones gave them a 3-2 win at home to Brentford.

First half goals from Tony Watt and Jones had put the Bluebirds two-up at the interval.

The Bees got back into the game in the second half through Jake Bidwell and Jon Swift, but Jones netted a late winner for Russell Slade’s side.

Bolton are still bottom of the table, but came from two goals down to pick up a point in a 2-2 draw away at fellow strugglers Charlton.

Huddersfield Town Vs Bolton , SkyBet Championship , 28/12/14  Bolton's Boss Neil Lennon  Photo: Steve Parkin

Neil Lennon’s Bolton remain bottom despite a good fightback at Charlton

The home side raced into an early two-goal lead, with highly-rated teenager Ademola Lookman scoring after 26 seconds and 26 minutes, but the Trotters were level by half-time through Emile Heskey and Josh Vela.

Neither side could find a winner leaving Bolton six points from safety, while Charlton slip back into the bottom-three.

Huddersfield came out on top of the Yorkshire derby with a 2-0 win at home to fellow strugglers Rotherham.

The Terriers picked up the vital win thanks to Mustapha Carayol’s stunning long-range effort and an Ishmael Miller strike.

David Wagner’s side are now three points above the bottom three, while the Millers remain second from bottom and four points from safety.

MK Dons moved out of the relegation with a 2-1 home win over promotion hopefuls Sheffield  Wednesday.

Carl Baker and Nicky Maynard put the Dons ahead before substitute Gary Hooper pulled one back for the Owls.

Victory for Karl Robinson’s side puts them a point above the drop zone, while Wednesday are now four points off of the top-six.

Preston have now lost just once in their last 11 league outings after drawing 1-1 with Birmingham at Deepdale.

Adam Reach put the hosts ahead in the first half, but Michael Morrison’s goal in the second period was enough to earn the Blues a share of the points.

The pressure is mounting on Wolves boss Kenny Jackett after his Wolves side lost 3-2 to Wolves at Molineux despite taking the lead.

Benik Afobe put the hosts in front inside 10 minutes but two Sam Byram goals either side of a Stuart Dallas strike saw Steve Evans’ side turn the match around.

Nathan Byrne pulled one back for Wanderers but that wasn’t enough to stop them falling to an eight defeat of the season.

Wolves, who were unbeaten in their last five but had drawn four, are seven points above the drop and nine off the play-offs, while Leeds moved above their opponents and are now unbeaten in three.

On Monday night, Blackburn Rovers extended their unbeaten run to seven matches after drawing 0-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.

Player of the Week: Tom Ince (Derby)
Team of the Week: MK Dons
Goal of the Week: Nick Blackman (Reading)

 
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