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Summary

  1. Derby miss chance to go top
  2. Ipswich beat Brighton to cement top-six spot
  3. Slavisa Jokanovic wins first game as Fulham boss
  4. Cardiff draw with Nottingham Forest

Live Reporting

By Nathan Middleton and Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

That is that for our live coverage from the Championship, as well as the Football League, for 2015. Middlesbrough will start 2016 on top of the table.

There were wins for Fulham's new boss Slavisa Jokanovic as well as Ipswich tonight, while Leeds, Derby, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest take a point.

We'll next be back with you on New Year's Day when Wolves travel to Brighton and QPR host Hull.

Thanks for your company tonight, have a great New Year and see you in 2016.

How it stands

So what do tonight's results do to the table?

Derby miss the chance to jump over Middlesbrough at the top and remain second, while this is the top six in the Championship heading into 2016 - you can view the full table here.

Championship table
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The results are in

So 12 goals across our four Championship games tonight and this is how it finished:

  • Brighton 0-1 Ipswich
  • Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest
  • Fulham 4-1 Rotherham
  • Leeds 2-2 Derby

FULL-TIME

Fulham 4-1 Rotherham

A fine display in Slavisa Jokanovic's first game as the newly-appointed Fulham head coach sees the Cottagers comfortably beat Rotherham thanks to a Cauley Woodrow double as well as goals from Alex Kacaniklic and Ross McCormack.

An early Farrend Rawson strike levelled for Rotherham but they rarely threatened as Fulham took control with a dominant second-half performance.

FULL-TIME

Leeds 2-2 Derby

No one is able to take three points tonight, and on the balance of the game it's probably a fair draw.

Jeff Hendrick's dancing opener for Derby early on was cancelled out by Sol Bamba.

Chris Wood headed in Sam Byram's excellent cross to put Leeds ahead but substitute Tom Ince levelled for Paul Clement's side.

FULL-TIME

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Oh! What a miss! Forest sub Nelson Oliveira pounces on a rebound in the 95th minute but blasts over from six yards.

So it's a point apiece in south Wales. For two clubs still with outside chances of forcing their way into the Championship play-offs in the latter part of the season, it's not the ideal result.

INJURY TIME

Leeds 2-2 Derby

There are going to be another three minutes at Elland Road, can anyone find a winner?

FULL-TIME

Brighton 0-1 Ipswich

What a win for Mick McCarthy's side! That result means Ipswich stay sixth but are now four points clear of seventh in the Championship table.

Meanwhile, Brighton have failed to keep pace with the top two yet again as they now go five games with a win and three without a goal.

Aspinall "Chris Hughton will be disappointed by the final ball tonight. They've created chances but it's the final pass the problem."

SUBSTITUTION

Leeds 2-2 Derby

Final change for Leeds.

Sam Byram, who delivered that perfect cross for Chris Wood's goal, is replaced by Kalvin Phillips. 

Into the last minute plus whatever is added on.

Leeds 2-2 Derby

A free-kick from Luke Murphy very nearly catches out Lee Grant at the near post and the Derby keeper can only spill it around the post for a corner.

Sol Bamba is just unable to reach the ball as it is swung in from the right.

Fulham 4-1 Rotherham

87) All four sides of the ground stand up for Jimmy Hill, as his name is chanted around Craven Cottage.

Leeds 2-2 Derby

Leeds counter-attack well and Lewis Cook wins a free-kick on the edge of the area from a late challenge from Stephen Warnock.

Five minutes to go at Elland Road plus injury time.

Brighton 0-1 Ipswich

Andrew Crofts comes close to finding a late equaliser for Brighton as he heads Rajiv van La Parra's cross but his effort goes wide of the mark.

Can Brighton find a very late point?

CLOSE!

Leeds 2-2 Derby

Derby pilling on the pressure at Elland Road.

After Tom Ince's shot is blocked, Chris Martin feeds Jeff Hendrick but his shot is deflected just over the bar. A corner and more pressure for Leeds to deal with.

A win for the Rams would send them top at the start of 2016.

GREAT SAVE!

Leeds 2-2 Derby

Leeds have Marco Silvestri to thank for keeping them level.

Bradley Johnson finds himself free at the back stick from a free-kick and heads towards goal but the Italian stopper is equal to it.

Into the final few minutes in our four featured games. Fulham are out of sight against Rotherham, but the other three matches are finely poised.

How are the nerves?

Mick McCarthy
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Fulham 4-1 Rotherham

It's been a night to forget for Neil Redfearn's side but Grant Ward is intent on cushioning the blow. The Rotherham man finds some space in the box and tries his luck but he's beaten off the ball.

GOAL (Ince)

Leeds 2-2 Derby

A really, really clever goal this from Derby.

Bradley Johnson feeds Johnny Russell who in turn, first time, flicks it around the corner to find Tom Ince - the substitute takes a touch to get it out of his feet and then drills the ball low into the bottom corner.

Game on at Elland Road!

SUBSTITUTION

Leeds 2-1 Derby

After the delight of scoring his first goal in five games, Leeds forward Chris Wood is forced off with what looks like a hamstring strain - Souleymane Doukara on for him.

Tom Ince enters the action for Derby as he comes on for Andreas Weimann.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Ben Osborn gets some space down the Forest right and puts in a low cross, which evades two onrushing players in red shirts.

Big chance missed by the visitors.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Brighton 0-1 Ipswich

Agonisingly close to a response from Brighton!

Bruno crosses into the advancing Bobby Zamora who fires goalwards but the ball cannons off the crossbar.

GOAL (Wood)

Leeds 2-1 Derby

Just as Leeds looked to be lacking in energy, Sam Byram drops his shoulder and delivers a stunning cross from out wide on the right.

Chris Wood watches it float over and expertly times his run to nod home from the centre of the box. 

The New Zealand scored the winner in a 2-1 victory at Derby in August and has he secured three points for Leeds again with 20 minutes to go?

Leeds 1-1 Derby

Derby's Chris Martin gets his first sniff of goal but a poor touch forces him away from goal.

His low cross is struck by Andreas Weimann but the Austrian striker has his effort blocked out for a corner.

GOAL (McCormack)

Fulham 4-1 Rotherham

What a night it's been for Ross McCormack. The Scottish striker latches onto Dan Burn's header, calmly controls the ball in the Rotherham box and half-volleys home.

New Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic must be pleased with this.

Leeds 1-1 Derby

Leeds, in their traditional all white kit, are pressing the 'nightshade purple' away strip of Derby high up the field and getting some joy from it at the moment.

You can hear boss Steve Evans screaming out orders to his troops on the touchline to keep up that intensity.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

The game has gone scrappy here - still 1-1. "Sunday was feisty, this is just a 'nice' game of football at the moment - Steve Hodge

As Rob Phillips and Kevin Ratcliffe have just pointed out on BBC Radio Wales, Cardiff have had an extra day's rest compared to Forest, who drew with Leeds on Sunday.

Brighton 0-1 Ipswich

A double change for Brighton as we enter the final third. Bobby Zamora and James Wilson replace Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal.

Zamora makes an instant impact but it's not quite enough to level the scores as he plays Jamie Murphy through on goal but the Brighton forward is waved offside.

SUBSTITUTION

Leeds 1-1 Derby

That is the end of Darren Bent's evening for Derby and to say he's been ineffectual is an understatement, but in fairness he's seen very little of the ball - Chris Martin replaces him. What can the Rams top scorer produce?

Leeds also make a change as Lewis Cook comes on for Tom Adeyemi.

Leeds 1-1 Derby

Steve Evans
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A tester from Stuart Dallas is the response by Leeds but his 30-yard effort in straight down the throat of Lee Grant.

Remember, Leeds had not won in six home games before Steve Evans took over, they've won three of five since.

Derby right-back Cyrus Christie is the next person in the book as he's shown a yellow card for pulling back Dallas.

Premier League latest

Leicester 0-0 Manchester City

Into the second half in Leicester and it's still goalless in the Premier League between the Foxes and Manchester City.

Follow the closing stages here.

Leicester v Man City
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GOAL (Kacaniklic)

Fulham 3-1 Rotherham

Well that's a sucker punch for Rotherham who did look like they were settling into this second half rather well. Ross McCormack, involved in the build-up to another Fulham goal, lays the ball to Cauley Woodrow who tees up Alex Kacaniklic to poke home from close range.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Just over an hour gone and still level at Cardiff. Only just though, as Forest defender Jack Hobbs nearly puts through his own net.

Cardiff v Nottingham Forest
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Leeds 1-1 Derby

Derby striker Darren Bent takes an excellent touch from a long ball inside the area but runs into Liam Cooper.

The Rams win a corner after that passage of play but Richard Keogh falls and Leeds can clear.

Fulham 2-1 Rotherham

A fine start for Rotherham as Tony Andreu plays the ball on to the onrushing Grant Ward whose shot is well saved by Andy Lonergan.

Can the visitors find a response to Cauley Woodrow's first-half double?

Brighton 0-1 Ipswich

Daryl Murphy
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Following Daryl Murphy's first-half opener, Ipswich come close to extending their lead after the break thanks to some fine play from Ryan Fraser who crosses in towards Jonathan Douglas but his effort is well saved by David Stockdale.

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff should probably be in front in this one. Joe Ralls strikes a free-kick in a presentable position straight into the wall, and Aron Gunnarsson then heads wide from Craig Noone's cross.

Leeds 1-1 Derby

More good Jeff Hendrick footwork for Derby but this time it is down the right wing.

His cross is palmed away by Marco Silvestri and then former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson skies his effort after being unable to make a clean connection on the edge of the box.

KICK-OFF

Leeds 1-1 Derby

Richard Clark blows his whistle and we're under way again at Elland Road.

Delayed kick-off

Leeds 1-1 Derby

There is a delay at half-time at Elland Road because the referee Mark Heywood has pulled a hamstring. He is being replaced by fourth official Richard Clark, who will take charge of the second half.

We're under way in our other three games.