Championship round-up: Wins for top four, Birmingham edge closer to play-offs

first_imgIt was a good night for the leading teams in the Championship as the top four all recorded victories.Hull maintained their one-point lead thanks to Mohamed Diame’s 48th-minute goal in a 1-0 win at Ipswich.Burnley won by the same scoreline against Nottingham Forest, with Sam Vokes scoring in the 68th minute.Middlesbrough had to come from behind to post a 3-1 victory against Cardiff.Fabio’s first goal for Cardiff after 20 minutes was cancelled out five minutes later by a calamity moment for his team-mate Matthew Connolly, whose attempted clearance ended up in his own net.Gaston Ramirez popped up in the 63rd minute to put Boro ahead and David Nugent made sure of a first win in six shortly after Grant Leadbitter had missed a penalty.It was rather easier for Brighton, who emphatically ended Bristol City’s winning run with a 4-0 victory at Ashton Gate.Jamie Murphy and Sam Baldock put the Seagulls two up in 21 minutes, Tomer Hemed extended the lead in the 56th minute and a Mark Little own goal rounded off the scoring, with City missing a late penalty.Sheffield Wednesday climbed to fifth after a 1-1 draw with QPR on a mixed night for Atdhe Nuhiu.Daniel Tozser put Rangers ahead shortly after Nuhiu had missed a penalty but the Wednesday man made amends by netting a 63rd-minute equaliser.Birmingham moved to within three points of the play-off places and deepened Bolton’s woes with a 1-0 win thanks to Clayton Donaldson’s 29th-minute goal.It is looking increasingly likely that Dean Holdsworth will be chairman of a League One club, with the Trotters now seven points from safety.It would have been nine but 10-man Huddersfield scored a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with MK Dons.Alex Revell put the Dons ahead in the 28th minute and Philip Billing was sent off four minutes after half-time but Nahki Wells popped up with an equaliser in the 86th minute.The other sides in the bottom three also lost, with Charlton going down 2-1 at Preston and Reading beating Rotherham 1-0 thanks to Hal Robson-Kanu’s 66th-minute strike.Callum Robinson scored the winner for Preston in the 52nd minute after Johann Berg Gudmundsson had quickly cancelled out Joe Garner’s opener. Charlton’s cause was not helped by a red card for Harry Lennon.A stunning goal from Lewis Cook earned Leeds a 1-1 draw with Fulham, who had taken the lead through Tom Cairney’s third of the week. The Londoners had Fernando Amorebieta sent off in stoppage time.John Swift scored twice for Brentford and Sergi Canos once as they eased to a 3-0 win against Wolves.Result in fullBirmingham 1-0 BoltonBrentford 3-0 WolvesBristol City 0-4 BrightonBurnley 1-0 Nottingham ForestIpswich 0-1 Hull CityLeeds 1-1 FulhamMiddlesbrough 3-1 CardiffMK Dons 1-1 HuddersfieldPreston 2-1 CharltonSheffield Wednesday 1-1 QPRReading 1-0 Rotherham 1 Brentford eased to a 3-0 win against Wolves last_img

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