Having only returned to club action just over a week ago, there has already been two lead changes at top of Championship, yet the top six all entered this weekend with a chance at going top.
Middlesbrough and Derby had first blood on Saturday lunchtime but could only draw after respective own goals from George Friend and Jayden Bogle.Embed from Getty Images
That result left Boro top ahead of the Three O’ Clockers featuring Sheffield United, Norwich and West Bromwich Albion.
Norwich could only go fourth after Emiliano Buendia found Timm Klose’s overhead pass and fired in past Daniel Bentley to net the winner over Brentford.
West Brom meanwhile could only battle to a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers, but that point could yet be key come May, as Sheffield United moved top with a 4-2 win over Wigan.
Chey Dunkley handed the Blades an early lead after poking into his own goal on 23rd minute, before turning provider 16 minutes later when he set up Kal Naismith to equalise approaching half time.
Billy Sharp however was in no mood for a draw as he then put United back in front right before the break, when he lashed in from close range.
The prolific striker then added another two in a ten minute spell at start of second half to complete his hat-trick after turning in Leon Clarke’s cross before guiding Enda Stevens’ flick in past Christian Walton to wrap up top spot, despite Joe Garner’s late consolation for the Latics.
Leeds therefore entered the evening match against Nottingham Forest knowing that victory would send them back to the summit on goal difference.
It was however the visitors who took an early lead after 11 minutes through Jack Robinson’s header from a corner kick.Embed from Getty Images
Leeds then dominated and got a controversial reward when Kemar Roofe put in Mateusz Klich’s cross using his arm in 82nd minute.
Alas it finished 1-1 as the Whites moved second whilst Forest sit seventh, ahead of Swansea who moved into eighth as they saw off their former manager, Paul Clement and his struggling Reading side through an Oli McBurnie double.
Birmingham and QPR complete the top ten after recording home wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa respectively.
Elsewhere, the bottom three remain as they were entering this weekend with Ipswich rock bottom after a 3-0 thrashing at Millwall, following their decision to sack Paul Hurst on Thursday evening.Embed from Getty Images
Hull meanwhile remain second last despite picking up a seventh minute winner at Bolton through Fraizer Campbell, just behind Reading on goal difference.
Stoke moved within two points of Bristol City after beating the Robins through Darren Fletcher’s first half winner.
Finally, Preston were held to a draw by Rotherham after Tom Barkhuizen’s headed opener for the home side was cancelled out in second half by Michael Smith.