With Sky Bet Championship having returned from its fortnight break at weekend, there was little time to hang around as teams were back in action this midweek.
Leeds United extended their unbeaten run after cruising to a 3-0 home win over Preston to remain top as Tyler Roberts’ brace completed the victory after Liam Cooper’s opener.
Brentford and Bristol City entered this round sat just below Leeds but encountered different fortunes, as the Bees drew 1-1 at Ipswich to slip to third whilst Bristol City met West Bromwich Albion in a thriller at The Hawthorns.
Jay Rodriguez double either side of Dwight Gayle’s effort had the Baggies in a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time.
Bristol City soon struck back on the hour when Lloyd Kelly poked home a consolation before Harvey Barnes made it 4-1 with a great volley just three minutes later.
Famara Diedhiou then set up a grandstand finish with a beautiful curler but West Brom held out for a 4-2 win, which saw them move above their visitors into fourth behind Brentford.
Brentford and Bristol City’s results meant that Middlesbrough moved back into second and a point behind Leeds, after beating Bolton Wanderers through George Saville and Britt Assombalonga goals.
Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest, Norwich and Wigan gained respective 2-1 wins over Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Hull.Embed from Getty Images
Joe Allen’s goal meanwhile proved the decisive difference for Stoke as they secured a home win over Swansea.
Aston Villa saw off Rotherham 2-0 with debut club goals from Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie.
QPR emerged victorious against Millwall with two goals within three first half minutes from Massimo Luongo and Ebere Eze, leaving the Lions sat just above the drop zone still occupied by Reading, Preston and Ipswich..
Finally, Derby and Sheffield United held Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City to goalless draws.