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By Phil Cartwright

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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for your company on our EFL live text coverage today.

    The football never stops - follow the Premier League, Checkatrade Trophy final, Old Firm derby and WSL on BBC Sport on Sunday!

  2. Saturday's EFL headlines

    Mick Harford

    If you're just joining us, here's what you missed in the EFL today:

    • Norwich moved five points clear at the top of the Championship. They beat Middlesbrough 1-0 in the day's late game.
    • Leeds are now second after coming from behind to beat Millwall, while Andreas Weimann's hat-trick for Bristol City was enough to defeat Sheffield United.
    • Bolton got a crucial win at QPR but are still in the bottom three, while fellow strugglers Reading were also victorious, but Rotherham were thumped 6-1 by Derby.
    • League One leaders Luton are 27 games unbeaten and closing in on promotion after winning at Bristol Rovers, while League Two leaders Lincoln were held at home by Macclesfield - although the Silkmen are now bottom after Notts County's win today.
  3. How it stands at the top

    FT: Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Top of the Championship

    Enjoy this one, Norwich City fans. Your team are five points clear of Leeds United and seven ahead of Sheffield United.

    Middlesbrough, who have dropped out of the play-off places for the first time since the very first week of the season, face a big old game against Bristol City on Tuesday.

  4. Norwich strengthen grip on top spot

    FT: Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Read Brendon's match report of events on Teesside...

    Norwich beat Boro to go five points clear

    Onel Hernandez

    Norwich City beat Middlesbrough to register their seventh Championship win in a row and strengthen their grip on top spot.

    Read more
  5. Match reaction

    FT: Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Norwich captain Christoph Zimmermann told Sky Sports: "We've faced a very strong side. It was a tough game so we're so happy that we've won it. Seven points ahead (of third place) is a good situation at this point of the season.

    "We know there are seven games to go so there are plenty of points to get, but we'll take it game by game and fight like we've done all season."

    Goalscorer Onel Hernandez says: "I love this team. I enjoy every moment and every day. It's amazing."

  6. Post update

    FT: Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Norwich are five points clear at the top of the Championship.

    Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are a point outside the play-offs after their fourth successive defeat.

    Reaction on the way...


    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Boro v Norwich

    Seven straight wins.

    Seven points clear of third place.

    Seven games left to play.

    The Premier League beckons for Norwich City.

  8. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Almost! Jon Mikel Obi's shot is blocked.

    Back in the Norwich box... Tim Krul punches clear.

  9. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Middlesbrough on the attack...

  10. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Halfway through the six minutes added on and Norwich make a change. Goalscorer Onel Hernandez goes off, to be replaced by Timm Klose.

  11. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Goodness me - Jordan Hugill has to score for Middlesbrough there. He has to score. But he doesn't.

    Boro send in a cross from the left, Hugill is unmarked six yards out, but he mistimes his jump and fluffs the chance.

    SIX minutes to be added on.


    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Emi Buendia's shot is deflected wide for a Norwich corner, which comes to nothing but eats up a few more seconds.

    In truth, that Stewart Downing header apart, the visitors haven't looked unduly troubled since taking the lead.

    Boro take off defender Ryan Shotton for big striker Jordan Hugill.

  13. 'There will be a lot of twists and turns'

    FT: Sheff Utd 2-3 Bristol City

    Chris Wilder

    It was a pretty galling 3-2 defeat for Sheffield United by Bristol City at a packed Bramall Lane, but Blades boss Chris Wilder said his side weren't at their best.

    "I have always said there will be lots of twists and turns. It's a disappointing day for us. The way that the club ramped the game up was incredible, and we didn't reward the fans with three big points," Wilder said.

    "It wasn't to be, we played a really good side. We weren't at our best, especially first half.

    "The goals were poor from our point of view so that was disappointing. We had good chances late on to get a result, but we didn't.

    "Bristol City needed a result, but the biggest thing is we didn't win the game. We've always reacted strongly and we will have to do that again next week."


    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    This game is opening up now and there are plenty of spaces for Norwich to exploit. They try to be too cute in the box and a chance goes begging.

    Mario Vrancic, who scored a couple of goals in a big win at Leeds a few weeks ago, is brought on by Norwich boss Daniel Farke.

    Marco Stiepermann, who took a knock a few moments ago, makes way.

  15. Post update

    Portsmouth v Sunderland (Sunday, 14:30 BST)

    Earlier, we posted a picture of Portsmouth's owner in Trafalgar Square preparing for tomorrow's Checkatrade Trophy final.

    So, in the interests of balance...

    View more on twitter
  16. Boro go close

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    They've touched it in the box for a second time now - and they've almost equalised!

    Boro sub Stewart Downing jumps highest and nods towards goal, but Christoph Zimmermann clears off the line.

    Norwich escape.

  17. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Norwich go close again through Emi Buendia, who puts his low shot wide from 12 yards.

    Sky Sports have just flashed up a stat that says Middlesbrough have only touched the ball once in the Norwich box since half-time. That was Daniel Ayala's header that hit the post with the score at 0-0.

  18. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    Onel Hernandez

    Onel Hernandez sends a tame shot towards the Middlesbrough goal and Darren Randolph is equal to it.

    As we march towards the final quarter of an hour, Hernandez's second-half strike remains the difference between the two teams.


    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    A change in midfield for Middlesbrough - Mo Besic is on for Adam Clayton.

  20. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich

    A couple of boos can be heard from the home supporters as a Middlesbrough attack fizzles out.

    A reminder that Boro will end tonight outside the top six if they lose.