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Live Reporting

Rob Stevens, Ian Woodcock and Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    Ivan Toney

    That's as far as we go here today on what has, from this end certainly, felt like an action-packed day in the EFL!

    In the Championship, Brentford have stretched their gap on third-placed Watford to three points after coming from behind to beat Stoke 2-1.

    Down at the bottom lowly Sheffield Wednesday blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Luton and, after Birmingham scored twice late on to beat QPR, they're six points adrift of safety.

    In League One, leaders Peterborough fought back to beat struggling Wigan 2-1 and second-placed Lincoln fought back from 2-0 down to lead Plymouth 3-2 only to eventually lose 4-3!

    Down in League Two, leaders Cambridge beat Port Vale and bottom side Grimsby lost to Harrogate.

    We'll be back with Championship leaders Norwich at the league's bottom side Wycombe tomorrow from 11:45 GMT.

    Thanks for your company today and enjoy your evening.

  2. Blues create breathing space

    How it stands

    Birmingham City have opened up a five-point gap to the relegation places after coming from behind to beat QPR.

    With Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday both suffering defeats, the pressure is off the Blues for now.

    But the Millers and Owls have games in hand on the sides above them.

    Huddersfield and Coventry could be looking over their shoulders soon.

    Bottom club Wycombe Wanderers welcome leaders Norwich City tomorrow lunchtime.

    Bottom of Championship
  3. Bees open up gap to play-offs

    How it stands

    Top of Championship

    At the top of the table, Brentford are the big winners from today's Championship action.

    The Bees now have a three-point cushion to third-placed Watford after the Hornets lost at Bournemouth in the early kick-off.

    Swansea have a couple of games in hand to make up ground on the top two after defeat against Bristol City.

    Reading have consolidated their place in the top six with victory at Rotherham, while the Cherries are back in the play-off places after Cardiff's winning run came to an end.

  4. League Two full-time headlines


    Sam Smith
    • League leaders Cambridge extended their lead at the top of the table with their first ever win at Port Vale through a late winner from Liam O'Neil.
    • Cheltenham go second after a 2-0 away win at Scunthorpe.
    • Bolton are into the play-off places after a last-minute goal for Shaun Miller gave them a 1-0 win against Barrow.
    • Tranmere go level with Forest Green in third after a 3-1 away win at Leyton Orient.
    • Grimsby are bottom after losing 1-0 away to Harrogate.
  5. League One full-time headlines


    • Peterborough remain top despite a brief scare when they went 1-0 down to Wigan, but Jonson Clarke-Harris got two goals in as many minutes to take his league tally to 21 goals this season.
    • Lincoln stay second after losing 4-3 in a thrilling game away to Plymouth thanks to Joe Edwards' late winner.
    • Third-placed Hull beat Wimbledon 3-0 thanks to penalties from Josh Magennis and Mallik Wilks, and another goal from Reece Burke.
    • Managerless Northampton go bottom after losing 2-1 away to relegation-fighting Swindon Town.
    • Chris Maguire scored in the 97th minute for his first goal in 16 games to give Sunderland a late equaliser away to Crewe.
    • Burton won 2-0 at Rochdale in a relegation fight which saw the hosts go down to 10 men.
  6. Championship full-time headlines

    • Brentford move three points clear of third-placed Watford with a 2-1 win over Stoke City.
    • Fourth-placed Swansea fall to a 3-1 home defeat by Bristol City and Reading move up to fifth with a 1-0 win at Rotherham.
    • Cardiff's six-match winning run comes to an end as they draw 1-1 at Middlesbrough and Barnsley beat Millwall 2-1 to go above the Bluebirds and into seventh.
    • Luton come from two goals down to beat lowly Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 and leave the Owls six points adrift of safety thanks to Birmingham's 2-1 win over QPR.

    Swansea 1-3 Bristol City

    Promotion-chasing Swansea suffer just their second home defeat of the season.

    After Andre Ayew's penalty put the Swans ahead, Nahki Wells' strike, a goal direct from a corner and a charge-down on the keeper give the Robins all three points.

    It's victory in his first match in charge for new Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson.


    Birmingham 2-1 QPR

    Big, big win for Birmingham as late goals from Kristian Pedersen and Alen Halilovic grab just a second win in nine for the Blues.

    Coupled with a defeat for Sheffield Wednesday, it's a good afternoon for Aitor Karanka.

    QPR suffer a first defeat in six.


    Luton 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

    Sheffield Wednesday's survival hopes have taken a real blow here.

    They were 2-0 up at half-time but goals from Kal Naismith, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Elijah Adebayo see them fall to a 3-2 defeat.

    They're now six points adrift of safety.

  10. GOAL: Swansea 1-3 Bristol City

    Antonine Semenyo (90+7 mins)

    Bristol City wrap up the points in added time.

    Substitute Antoine Semenyo charges down and blocks a clearance by goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and taps in on the line.

    Robins fans and new boss Neil Pearson will be laughing.

    They've had three efforts on target all game.


    Barnsley 2-1 Millwall

    Barnsley make it five wins in a row.

    It's their best run of form at this level since 1996-97, when the Tykes were promoted.

    Millwall's nine-match unbeaten run comes to an end.


    Rotherham 0-1 Reading

    Michael Morrison's goal consigns Rotherham to a fourth straight loss by a single goal.


    Preston 3-0 Huddersfield

    Goals from Brad Potts, Ched Evans and Scott Sinclair give Preston a very comfortable win over Huddersfield.


    Brentford 2-1 Stoke

    Brentford claim a crucial win in their automatic promotion bid.

    Second-half goals from Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney give the Bees back-to-back wins.

    It's successive defeats for the Potters, whose play-off bid is fading fast.


    Blackburn 1-1 Coventry

    It ends 1-1 at Ewood Park, after goals from Ben Brereton and Matty James.

    Blackburn manage to pick up a point after five straight defeats.

    Coventry have now won just one of their last eight league outings and have won just twice on the road all season.


    Middlesbrough 1-1 Cardiff

    Cardiff's winning run is stopped at six as Paddy McNair's goal gives Middlesbrough a share of the points.

  17. Post update

    Rotherham 0-1 Reading

    The hosts are still trying to grab a late, late leveller here.

    George Hirst is the latest Millers player to see a shot blocked.

  18. Post update

    Swansea 1-2 Bristol City

    Swansea have seven added minutes to find an equaliser.

    The Swans will be scratching their heads wondering how they are behind.

    They have dominated proceedings and Robins keeper Daniel Bentley has made a string of saves.

  19. Get Involved


    George Cooper: I redact my statement for now.

    George had called for Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka to go when they trailed at half-time. They now lead 2-1.

  20. GOAL: Birmingham 2-1 QPR

    Alen Halilovic (85 mins)

    Anything Luton can do, Birmingham can do too.

    Two goals in the space of four minutes have put the Blues in front.

    Alen Halilovic curls a beautiful strike into the bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the area.

    The hosts are heading five points clear of the relegation zone as things stand.