Leeds United continue to march towards automatic promotion, as the Sky Bet Championship continues to throw up drama throughout the table.
League leaders coming into this weekend – West Bromwich Albion fell to defeat at Brentford through Ollie Watkins’ 16th minute effort, which saw the Bees move up to third ahead of Fulham’s three goal loss at Leeds.
Patrick Bamford fired Leeds ahead from a pullback cross by Helder Costa after just ten minutes, which became a two goal lead shortly after the break when Ezgjan Alioski scored in similar fashion but this time from Jack Harrison’s pullback cross.
Harrison then completed the win to send Leeds top in the 71st minute when he met Pablo Hernandez’s pass and slotted in past Marek Rodak to send the Whites top.Embed from Getty Images
Lewis Grabban’s brace and a late Ryan Yates strike helped Nottingham Forest further demote Fulham to fifth, as the East-Midlands club defeated third-bottom Huddersfield.
Cardiff leapfrogged Preston to round out the top six after taking a 3-1 win at Deepdale through late goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Robert Glatzel, having initially seen Joe Ralls’ opener cancelled out by Daniel Johnson.Embed from Getty Images
Down in the relegation zone, James Collins’ header lifted Luton off the bottom as they defeated Swansea, in turn sending Barnsley down into last place after the Tykes only managed a goalless draw at home to Millwall.
Hull sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference after Gary Gardner rescued Birmingham City a point in a dramatic 3-3 draw at St Andrews, having initially been two goals down at half-time.
Middlesbrough sacked Jonathan Woodgate in midweek and were rewarded with a win at Stoke through Ashley Fletcher and Marcus Tavernier, as Neil Warnock’s reign begun with a clean sheet.
Wigan made it eight matches unbeaten to move five points clear of the drop, with late goals from Lee Evans and Michael Jacobs to defeat Blackburn.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere Connor Wickham and Massimo Luongo struck for Sheffield Wednesday to dent Bristol City’s play-off hopes, despite Nakhi Wells netting a late consolation for the Robins.
Late first-half efforts from Tom Lawrence and Wayne Rooney were enough for Derby to defeat Reading, who netted a consolation through Andy Rinomhota before Lawrence and Matt Miagza were red-carded at full-time following a brawl between both teams.
Finally, Darren Pratley’s early header proved enough for Charlton to beat QPR in a tightly fought cross-London derby at The Valley.