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  1. Newcastle go top with win at Barnsley
  2. Norwich let 2-0 lead slip to draw at Fulham
  3. Villa get first away win since August 2015

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By Steve Marshall

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow

Dwight Gayle

That's just about it from me for this evening.

It's been a night when Newcastle United have gone top of the Championship for the first time this season as Dwight Gayle's 10th and 11th league goals of the season gave them victory at Barnsley.

Norwich drop to second after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Fulham as their 30-year wait for a win at Craven Cottage goes on.

And, going under the radar, it was a night when Ipswich found the net - twice - to end their goal drought of more than a month.

Oh, and Aston Villa won an away game. Yes, really.

We'll be back tomorrow with text coverage of Cardiff v Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield's trip across the Pennines to Preston. Until then, goodnight.

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Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Steve Bruce secures his first win as Aston Villa boss, with a late Jordan Ayew penalty giving them victory at Reading.

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Brighton win again

Very quietly, Brighton are having another very good season. They're up to third in the Championship...

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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Wolves

Sam Baldock's first-half header is enough to give in-form Brighton victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Norwich held by Fulham

Norwich looked in control at Craven Cottage, but a former Canaries striker denied them three points at Craven Cottage...

Chris Martin

Fulham 2-2 Norwich City

Norwich slip from the Championship summit after Fulham's Chris Martin scores a second-half leveller against his old club.

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Pete Laws: Clinical or not. Gayle is on fire.

Benji Berger: Dwight Gayle's on fire, your defence is terrified, Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na...

Top of the table

It was the Dwight Gayle show at Oakwell, as Newcastle rose to the Championship summit...

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Barnsley 0-2 Newcastle United

Newcastle go top of the Championship as Dwight Gayle's two goals earn them victory over Barnsley at Oakwell.

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So that's full-time in all our games. Let's take a look back at what's happened this evening.

FULL-TIME Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Saturday, 8 August 2015: Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Vila

Tuesday, 18 October 2016: Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Those are Aston Villa's last two away wins. Tim Sherwood was their manager at the Vitality Stadium and, five bosses later, Steve Bruce has an away victory in only his second game in charge. Four points from two games is not a bad start.

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Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans
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The noise at the Madejski Stadium is deafening - and it's all coming from the away fans.

Football, eh? Kicks you where it hurts time and again, but, boy does it feel good when it goes your way.

Although it nearly didn't as Garath McCleary goes agonisingly close to an equaliser.

"I can't watch," says BBC WM's Mark Regan.

GOAL: Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew
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438 days since winning at Bournemouth on the opening day of last season, is Aston Villa's wait for an away win finally over?

The clock ticks into the final minute and, after being brought down for the penalty, Jordan Ayew picks himself up to coolly score from the spot and send the visiting Villa fans behind that goal into delirium.

Penalty to Aston Villa

Reading 1-1 Aston Villa

So we are going to have some late drama at the Mad Stad? Jordan Ayew is brought down in the box by Liam Moore and the referee points to the spot. Penalty to Villa...

Reading 1-1 Aston Villa

So after all that, it leaves us with one game to see to a finish.

We're still locked at 1-1 at the Madejski Stadium. Can either side find a late winner or are Villa destined for yet another draw?

FULL-TIME: Brighton 1-0 Wolves

Wolves have had a succession of stoppage-time corners as they look for an equaliser at Brighton. Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has gone up...

But it's all over. Brighton hold on for victory, earned with a first-half header from Sam Baldock, and they're third in the table.

RED CARD: Hildeberto Pereira

Blackburn 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Well, Nottingham Forest's hope was shortlived as Hildeberto Pereira hauls down Craig Conway and is shown his second yellow card followed by a red.

Moments later, the final whistle goes and Blackburn have all three points.

FULL-TIME: Newcastle win, Norwich draw

Barnsley 0-2 Newcastle, Fulham 2-2 Norwich

Newcastle celebrate
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Two goals for Dwight Gayle give Newcastle all three points at Barnsley, and they're the new Championship leaders.

Norwich have drawn 2-2 at Fulham, having led 2-0 at Craven Cottage.

League One update

Oh my word, Matt Taylor has just scored two late goals for Bristol Rovers to make it 3-3 at MK Dons. It also completes the prolific striker's hat-trick.

Swindon and Peterborough are now both 3-0 up against Rochdale and Northampton respectively.

Alex Jones has scored a late equaliser for Port Vale from the penalty spot against Charlton and David Wheater has put Bolton 2-0 in front at Millwall. 

AFC Wimbledon may have also grabbed a late winner at Bury through Jonathan Meades. They're 2-1 ahead in stoppage time.

GOAL: Leeds 1-1 Wigan

Shaun MacDonald

It might not be a late winner, but it's a dramatic late equaliser for Wigan at Leeds.

Max Power heads a corner back across goal and Shaun MacDonald is on hand to steer it home from eight yards via the post and Leeds defender Stephen Warnock.

Nottingham Forest have also given themselves late hope at Ewood Park where Damien Perquis has sidefooted in from close range.

GOAL: Ipswich 2-0 Burton

Freddie Sears

What did I say about goals being like buses for Ipswich?

Well, one does indeed bring two as Freddie Sears sweeps home Tom Lawrence's cross from 12 yards for his first goal since December 2015.

It also looks game over at St Andrew's now as David Cotterill scores from the spot to put Birmingham 4-2 up after Che Adams was tripped by goalkeeper Lee Camp.


Barnsley 0-2 Newcastle United

So close to a hat-trick for Dwight Gayle.

Jonjo Shelvey swings over a free-kick and Gayle's glancing header is brilliantly kept out by Barnsley keeper Adam Davies.

Into the closing stages

The clock is ticking down at our games up and down the land. Anyone fancy a late winner or a dramatic comeback?

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Well, I wouldn't mind a striker in my team having 11 league goals by mid-October.

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Hope for Barnsley?

Barnsley 0-2 Newcastle United

No, Barnsley haven't beaten Karl Darlow yet but BBC Radio Sheffield's Adam Oxley hasn't given up on the Tykes yet, pointing out that no team has scored more goals than them in the last 10 minutes of Championship games this season.

Three of those came at Molineux as Wolves collapsed. Newcastle might be more of a pushover, especially as Mo Diame has just headed narrowly wide.

Fulham 2-2 Norwich

The game at Craven Cottage could go either way.

Alex Tettey's 20-yard shot has drawn an excellent save from Fulham goalkeeper David Button.

Deadlock broken

QPR 1-0 Bristol City

QPR had been threatening to take the lead against Bristol City and they are finally in front as Idrissa Sylla tucks the ball home from James Perch's inviting cross.

It's a case of what might have been for the Robins who, moments earlier, saw Alex Smithies save brilliantly when one-on-one with Bobby Reid.

Dwight in decent form...

Barnsley 0-2 Newcastle United

League One update

Sheffield United now look certain to make it seven wins from their last nine league games.

Daniel Lafferty and Billy Sharp's second goal of the night has made it 3-0 to the Blades at lowly Shrewsbury.

MK Dons are also heading for all three points against Bristol Rovers. Ben Reeves has put Karl Robinson's side 3-1 up. 

Rochdale's night has got even gloomier at Swindon. They are 2-0 behind and now down to 10 men with Joe Bunney seeing red.

GOAL: Reading 1-1 Aston Villa

Yann Kermorgant

Reading level - but only just - through Yann Kermorgant.

Aly Cissokho concedes a penalty for the second match in a row, bringing down Garath McCleary.

Danny Williams' spot-kick is saved by Pierliugi Gollini, but Kermorgant heads in the rebound.

That's another advantage that Villa have thrown away this season!

Fantastic header. It came to him 12 yards out, and he had so much work to do. He had to get a lot on it from the edge of the area, and headed it in before the keeper was able to get back on his feet. That's good news for him, and good news for Reading.

Mick GoodingEx-Reading player/manager on BBC Berkshire

GOAL: Barnsley 0-2 Newcastle United

Dwight Gayle

The Newcastle fans were already singing "We are top of the league" when they heard about Fulham's equaliser.

They're singing it with even greater gusto now after Matt Ritchie plays in Dwight Gayle, who races clear and finishes from the edge of the box.

BBC Radio Sheffield's Adam Oxley describes it as an "exquisite finish" and he's not wrong.

Dwight Gayle
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Goalless at Loftus Road

QPR 0-0 Bristol City

But only just. Conor Washington is the man to go close again for Rangers, volleying just over from Tjaronn Chery's lofted pass.

GOAL: Fulham 2-2 Norwich

Chris Martin

What's that saying about players coming back to haunt their old club? Chris Martin has done just that.

The Fulham striker turns inside his man in the box and finishes neatly past Michael McGovern.

Norwich have thrown away a two-goal lead and Newcastle, who are 1-0 up at Barnsley, are going top of the Championship as it stands.

Chris Martin

Game on at St Andrew's

Birmingham 3-2 Rotherham

The game at St Andrew's looked like it might have been done at half-time, but it's far from over now as Jon Taylor taps home from close range.

The Millers then go close to an equaliser as Adam Legzdins denies Izzy Brown.

Meanwhile, could goals be like buses for Ipswich at Portman Road? Well, maybe. They certainly couldn't have gone closer to a second against Burton as Tom Lawrence's header is kept out by a goal-line clearance.

Fulham 1-2 Norwich

Kevin McDonald

Championship leaders Norwich, having controlled the first half at Craven Cottage, are now looking to survive a Fulham onslaught.

The hosts have been buoyed by Stefan Johansen's goal after half-time.

Equalisers in League One

Southend have levelled things up at second-placed Bradford - Anthony Wordsworth's header making it 1-1 at Valley Parade.

Franck Moussa has also equalised for Walsall at Gillingham.


Barnsley 0-1 Newcastle United

Great response from Barnsley, who immediately go close to an equaliser as Sam Morsy cuts in from the left and fires just over the bar.

QPR go close against Bristol City too but Conor Washington's effort from the edge of the box comes back off the woodwork.

GOAL: Fulham 1-2 Norwich

Stefan Johansen

A lifeline for Fulham, who have pulled a goal back against Championship leaders Norwich in fortunate circumstances.

Chris Martin's shot takes a deflection off one of his own players before nestling into the corner. Stefan Johansen has been credited with it, and the deficit is halved.

BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Sewell says the hosts have made a "really good start" to the second half.

League One update

There are a couple of early second-half strikes to tell you about.

Billy Sharp has his sixth League One goal of the season to put Sheffield United ahead at Shrewsbury.

Matt Taylor has also pulled one back for Bristol Rovers at MK Dons. Darrell Clarke's side now trail 2-1.

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GOAL: Barnsley 0-1 Newcastle United

Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle
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The ideal start to the second half for Newcastle United and their manager Rafael Benitez.

Matt Ritchie swings a corner into the box, Barnsley can't clear and the ball eventually finds its way to Dwight Gayle only four yards out.

The Championship's leading scorer doesn't miss from there and buries the ball into the net for his 10th league goal of the season.

Kodjia on the mark for Villa

Reading 0-1 Aston Villa

Jonathan Kodjia
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According to BBC Sport's Adam Williams at the Madejski Stadium, it was a drab first half.

But I'm sure Aston Villa fans and Steve Bruce won't care as they lead at the break thanks to Jonathan Kodjia's goal.

Ipswich's long wait is over

Ipswich 1-0 Burton

Luke Chambers
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Was it worth the wait Ipswich fans? I hope so.

Anyway, after going more than a month without a goal, fans of the Tractor Boys know what it's like to celebrate again after captain Luke Chambers' header gave them a lead over Burton at the break.

Their previous goal was Luke Varney's winner at Derby on 13 September.