Date: 15th December 2016 at 9:39am
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The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played in midweek.

Brighton went top on Tuesday but Newcastle regained the lead on Wednesday – the top two now have breathing space. Rotherham, Wigan and now Blackburn make up the bottom three.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other games played.

Results

Tuesday 13th December 2016 – Sky Bet Championship
Birmingham City 2-1 Ipswich Town 19:45
Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Brighton & Hove Albion 19:45
Bristol City 0-1 Brentford 19:45
Burton Albion 0-1 Huddersfield Town 19:45
Cardiff City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:45
Fulham 2-1 Rotherham United 19:45
Leeds United 2-0 Reading 19:45
Norwich City 1-0 Aston Villa 19:45
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Barnsley 19:45

Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Sky Bet Championship
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Preston North End 19:45
Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Derby County 19:45
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Newcastle United 19:45

Brighton recorded the win they needed to return to the top of the Championship – even if they knew it might have been for 24 hours only. A 3-2 win at Ewood Park against struggling Blackburn extended the Albion unbeaten run. However, a second successive defeat meant Rovers dropped into the bottom three.

A 2-1 win over Ipswich took Birmingham up to 7th and outside the play-offs on goal difference alone. Despite this victory and league position it was later announced that Blues boss Gary Rowett had been sacked!

Bristol City’s fifth defeat in six saw them drop down to 15th. Whereas this 1-0 win at Ashton Gate for Brentford made it successive victories for the Bees who are now moving in the right direction.

4th place was consolidated by Huddersfield when they grabbed a late winner at relegation-threatened Burton. This 1-0 win took Town to within a point of 3rd placed Reading – it saw the Brewers down to 21st and just a place above the drop zone.

Cardiff leapfrogged Wolves following a 2-1 win at the Cardiff City Stadium that also meant the Bluebirds moved out of the bottom three up to 19th. Wolves are a place below them and now just two points from slipping into the relegation zone themselves.

Another win for Fulham saw the Cottagers close to within two points of a top six place. However, having won at the weekend Rotherham returned to losing ways when suffering this 2-1 loss at Craven Cottage – they’re now 12 points from safety.

Leeds reacted positively to a defeat against title-chasing Brighton with a 2-0 win against Reading at Elland Road moving up to 5th and just two points behind the Royals. This defeat was a second in three games for Jaap Stam’s side having won the previous five.

Another side to suffer a second defeat in three games were Aston Villa. Steve Bruce was previously unbeaten but this 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road meant Villa missed a chance to close to within three points of the top six. Norwich’s win took them up to 8th, a point off the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday moved into a play-off spot with a derby win against Barnsley. A third win in four maintained the decent Owls form of late. The Tykes had been looking for a hat trick of successive wins prior to this 2-0 defeat at Hillsborough.

The lead was reclaimed by Newcastle on Wednesday when Rafa Benitez’s side won at Wigan. A 2-0 win took them a point above Brighton whereas Wigan remained in 23rd, four points from safety.

Nottingham Forest saw a reaction to the weekend defeat against rivals Derby. However, they had to be content with a home point against Preston. This 1-1 draw allowed North End to climb up to 11th.

A fourth straight defeat means QPR remain perilously close to the relegation zone – only three points from safety. Derby’s own form is brilliant though as this 1-0 win at Loftus Road made it seven in a row as the Rams moved into 5th place.

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