Hull City remain at the top of the Championship on goal difference after an emphatic 3-0 win at home to fellow promotion-chasers Middlesbrough.
The Tigers have now gone 10 matches unbeaten, as Mohamed Diame, Sam Clucas and a stunning strike from Tom Huddlestone sealed the three points for the table-toppers, who have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five games. Boro are now fourth and sit four points off of the leaders after their three-match winning steak was ended.
Meanwhile, Brighton broke a club-record by going 17 league games unbeaten and kept the pressure firmly on Hull, as they held on for a nervy 2-1 win against struggling MK Dons.
The Seagulls took the lead through Solly March after five minutes when his 20-yard effort hit the back of the net, before Jamie Murphy doubled their lead 20 minutes into the match. Nicky Maynard pulled one back for the Dons and the away side even had a strong penalty appeal turned down.
Both Burnley and Derby dropped points to fall behind Hull and Brighton, as the Clarets could only draw 0-0 with Wolves in a game where neither side created any real chances, while on Friday night, the Rams were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands derby.
Nelson Oliveira got the only goal after five minutes to end the Reds’ eight-match winless run, easing the pressure on their boss Dougie Freedman.
Birmingham City spectacularly ended their recent goal drought, which stretched back three games, by thumping Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage – a result which ultimately cost Kit Symons his job.
City were 3-0 up inside the first 30 minutes, after strikes from Stephen Gleeson, Paul Caddis and Jon Toral. The hosts’ day only got worse as James Husband was sent off soon after the restart, but they did give themselves a bit of hope when Alexander Kacaniklic made it 3-1,with just over an hour played.
But further goals from Clayton Donaldson and Viv Solomon-Otabor, meant that Ross McCormack’s stoppage time effort was just a consolation.
Charlton won for the first time in 13 matches as they secured a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley.
The home side also ended a five-match spell without a goal when captain Johnnie Jackson gave them the lead, before Simon Makienok prodded the ball home to double their advantage just before the half-time whistle.
Reza Ghoochannejhad made it 3-1 to take the Addicks to within a point of safety. Fernando Forestieri grabbed the Owls’ consolation but their 11-match unbeaten run has come to an end.
Daryl Murphy scored his first career hat-trick as Ipswich thrashed Rotherham 5-2, leaving the Millers bottom of the table on nine points.
Town raced into a 4-0 lead after two early strikes from Brett Pitman and Jonathan Douglas, before Murphy added notched his first two of the season. On-loan Manchester City midfielder Brandon Barker and Matt Derbyshire reduced the deficit, but Murphy was on hand to hit United for five.
Leeds United secured back-to-back wins for the first time since March after beating Huddersfield Town 3-0 in the Yorkshire derby, taking them six points clear of the relegation zone.
Goals from Mirco Antenucci, Chris Wood and Alex Mowatt meant that Leeds won for the fourth consecutive time against their rivals, whose new boss David Wagner watched from the stands.
Cardiff finally ended their goal drought, which dated back to October 3, when headers from Kenwyne Jones and Matt Connolly sealed a 2-0 win over Reading.
The Bluebirds are now three points off the play-offs as victory took them above the Royals into seventh.
Neil Warnock saw his first match in interim charge of QPR finish goalless at home to Preston North End.
The point ended Rangers’ two-game losing streak, while Preston have not conceded in their six-match unbeaten run.
At the bottom, Bolton and Bristol City also finished goalless with the Trotters’ winless run now stretching to 10 fixtures.
Shola Ameobi missed a spot-kick for Neil Lennon’s side, who have only scored 10 times in 16 league matches, while Steve Cotterill’s City are now two points above the drop and have only lost two of their last eight games.
At Ewood Park, former Blackburn player Lee Carsley saw his Brentford side held to a 1-1 draw. Lasse Vibe struck the opener for the Bees but Tom Lawrence’s equaliser saw the spoils shared.
Player of the Weekend: Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town)
Team of the Weekend: Nottingham Forest
Goal of the Weekend: Alex Mowatt (Huddersfield vs LEEDS)
— Football On 5 (@FootballOn5) November 8, 2015