Middlesbrough missed out on the chance to go top of the Championship as they went down 2-0 away to Reading, ending their five-game winning streak, but the Royals now sit just four points off of top spot in the Championship.
Danny Williams put the home side ahead after just 15 seconds, which is the club’s third ever fastest goal. Two minutes from time, Nick Blackman made sure of the points with his eighth goal in as many games.
Charlton completed a spectacular comeback from 2-0 down at home to Fulham to draw 2-2, with Jordan Cousins’ header in stoppage time. Fulham took the lead through Ryan Tunnicliffe and Ross McCormack, who scored either side of the break. But, with 10 minutes to go, captain Johnnie Jackson gave the Addicks hope with his first touch, before Cousins snatched a point in the 96th minute.
Brighton are still unbeaten after drawing 1-1 with Cardiff, which sees them extend their lead at the top to two points. Joe Mason put Cardiff 1-0 up in the fifth minute, but the Seagulls dominated the game and were level through Dale Stephens’ volley.
Derby County extended their unbeaten run to four games with a simple 2-0 win over Brentford. Chris Martin and Tom Ince got the goals, as the Bees slip further down the table.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was the hero as QPR defeated Bolton 4-3 at Loftus Road in a superb match. Neil Lennon thought his side had wrapped up the game in the first 10 minutes after they took a two-goal lead; Gary Madine and Liam Feeney getting on the scoresheet. Yet, just moments later, Emmanuel-Thomas pulled one back, before Leroy Fer levelled on the stroke of half-time. Rangers went ahead for the first time when Tjaronn Chery netted a wonderful effort, only for Wellington Siva to equalise with five minutes. However, the game was not finished as Emmanuel-Thomas struck in stoppage time to snatch all three points.
Abel Hernandez may have struggled in the Premier League last campaign, but he has been on the goal trail this term and got another as Hull won 1-0 on their travels to Nottingham Forest, while Birmingham maintained their unbeaten run away from home with a 2-0 victory over Leeds United, courtesy of strikes from Demarai Gray and Jacques Maghoma. Leeds now haven’t won at home for seven months.
Lewis McGugan scored the pick of the goals, with a stunning strike, as Sheffield Wednesday dispatched a struggling Preston 3-1 at home, moving them to within three points of the play-offs, while Bristol City remain bottom of the Championship after failing to hang onto their 1-0 lead at home to fellow strugglers MK Dons. Substitute Daniel Powell found the net in the fourth minute of stoppage time for the visitors after Jonathan Kodjia had put the hosts ahead after six minutes.
Elsewhere, managerless Rotherham lost 2-1 at home on Friday night as Burnley’s Sam Vokes hit the winner in the 81st minute, Wolves won for the second game in a row as Benik Afobe’s brace saw them overcame Huddersfield 3-0, and Jordan Rhodes’ goals secured a 2-0 win for Blackburn over his old side, Ipswich.
Player of the Weekend: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (QPR)
Team of the Weekend: Reading
Goal of the Weekend: Grant Ward (Rotherham United)