League leaders Brighton let a two-goal lead slip and had a men sent off as they drew 2-2 away at Bolton Wanderers.
Dale Stephens and Jamie Murphy put the Seagulls into a comfortable lead before Neil Danns scored his first goal in 11 months with a strike from the edge of the area.
However, the game changed when Murphy was given a straight red card for a challenge on Danns that looked like he slipped before making contact. Bolton’s Gary Madine had a goal controversially ruled out for offside before the striker pounced in stoppage time to secure a point.
Middlesbrough kept the pressure on Brighton with a 3-0 win over Leeds at the Riverside Stadium, meaning the Seagulls’ lead is now down to only one point. David Nugent got Boro off to the perfect start when he netted three minutes in, before an own goal from Giuseppe Bellusci and Diego Fabbrini’s strike wrapped up a comfortable win.
Fulham thrashed QPR 4-0 on Friday night in the West London derby thanks to a brace from captain Ross McCormack and strikes from Moussa Dembele and Ben Pringle.
Derby scored two goals in the final minutes of the game to win 3-1 away at MK Dons to condemn the hosts to their fifth league defeat in a row. The Rams took the lead through Bradley Johnson, but that lasted just seven minutes as Josh Murphy equalised. However, strikes from Darren Bent in the 89th minute and Tom Ince in injury time, made sure County would take all three points for the third time in four matches.
Rotherham moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win at Birmingham thanks to strikes from Matt Derbyshire and Tony Andreu, but it wasn’t enough to keep Steve Evans in his job, while Ipswich rescued a point at home to Bristol City as Ryan Fraser scored in the 86th minute to secure a 2-2 draw.
Reading moved up to third with an impressive 2-1 win at Burnley. Nick Blackman and on-loan Chelsea striker Lucas Piazon put the Royals 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes, before the hosts pulled one back through Tendayi Darikwa.
Lucas Joao scored a dramatic goal in stoppage time as Sheffield Wednesday beat Brentford 2-1 at Griffin Park in a match where both sides ended with 10 men. James Tarkowski was shown red for brining down Atdhe Nuhiu in the box with the Austrian converting from the spot. Alan Judge’s curling effort made it 1-1 right before Jeremy Helan was dismissed. But Joao kept his cool to fire home a late winner which has since cost Bees boss Marinus Dijkhuizen his job.
Meanwhile, Kevin McDonald’s thunderous strike rescued a 1-1 draw for Wolves at Preston, Cardiff moved into a play-off place after coming from behind to beat Charlton 2-1, Jordan Rhodes’ goal grabbed Blackburn a 1-1 draw at Hull and, on Thursday, Emyr Huws’ third goal in three matches earned Huddersfield a 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest.
Player of the Weekend: Ross McCormack (Fulham)
Team of the Weekend: Fulham
Goal of the Weekend: Kevin McDonald (Preston vs WOLVES)
— Football On 5 (@FootballOn5) September 26, 2015