Hull City climbed to second in the table after a 2-0 home victory over Birmingham City, leapfrogging their opponents in the process.
Goals from David Meyler and Abel Hernandez sealed the win, after a quick fire double in the latter stages of the first half. The result means that The Tigers have now closed the gap on Brighton to just three points, after they drew 0-0 at home to struggling Preston to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches.
Fulham completed a spectacular comeback to thrash Reading 4-2 at Craven Cottage. The high-flying Royals stormed into an early lead when on-loan Chelsea striker Lucas Piazon put them 1-0 up after just 10 minutes, before Orlando Sa doubled the score just after half-time.
But three goals in the next seven minutes saw Fulham turn the game around with strikes coming from Ross McCormack, Moussa Dembele and Alexander Kacaniklic. Dembele was on hand to add a fourth as the home side ran away with the game in the second half.
Burnley secured a 1-0 win at East Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers to move them up to third in the table. Scott Arfield’s effort was enough for the Clarets to extend their unbeaten run against Rovers to five matches, moving them to within four points of leaders Brighton.
Brentford won away at fellow London club Charlton 3-0, which ultimately cost Guy Luzon his job, after the Addicks lost their seventh game in the last nine matches. John Swift opened the scoring, before Alan Judge’s curling effort extended Brentford’s dominance. Substitute Lasse Vibe came off the bench to extend the Bees’ winning run to three matches and put the Addicks in the relegation zone.
Three goals in the last 20 minutes saw Middlesbrough overcome Wolves 3-1 at Molineux. The home side took the lead through David Edwards, but late efforts from Diego Fabbrini, Grant Leadbitter and Stewart Downing saw Aitor Karanka’s side win for the first time in four attempts.
QPR recorded just their second victory in eight matches, by seeing off struggling MK Dons 3-0 at Loftus Road, with all three goals coming in the last quarter of the game. The R’s found the breakthrough when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas netted after a skilful run and shot, before Matt Phillips and Junior Hoilett piled further misery on the Dons.
Derby continued their good run of form with Chris Martin netting his eight goal in the Championship this season as they beat Huddersfield 2-1 away. The hosts equalised through Harry Bunn, but George Thorne’s tremendous 30-yard strike put the Rams back into the lead, as they sealed their sixth victory in eight matches.
Sheffield Wednesday beat Rotherham 2-1 in Friday night’s Yorkshire derby, with second-half goals coming from Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri – extending the Owls’ unbeaten run to seven matches.
Elsewhere, bottom side Bolton drew 1-1 with Leeds United in Steve Evans’ second match in charge of United, Liam Trotter scored a last-gasp equaliser on his Nottingham Forest debut to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich Town, while the clash between Cardiff City and Bristol City finished goalless on Monday night.
Player of the Weekend: Moussa Dembele (Fulham)
Team of the Weekend: Fulham
Goal of the Weekend: George Thorne (Derby County)
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