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Summary

  1. Reading, Huddersfield & Leeds all win
  2. Norwich suffer eighth league defeat in 10 games
  3. Jermaine Beckford sent off for Preston
  4. Leaders Newcastle host Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry and Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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A quick rest, and we go again...

Huddersfield celebrate
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Our Boxing Day stint is at an end.

We're about to head off for a sit down and a mince pie, but there's still one more Championship match to come later today.

Live text and radio coverage of Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday can be found here from 19:00 GMT, and there's more EFL action tomorrow from 12:00 BST with two more matches from the second tier.

Goodbye for now.

'We found it very difficult'

FT: Aston Villa 2-1 Burton Albion

The stats suggest Aston Villa had a hard time of it at home to Burton Albion this afternoon, and manager Steve Bruce tells BBC WM 95.6 that his side found things very difficult against the Brewers.

But, they won and are now up to 10th in the table, three points off the play-offs.

Things are looking up for Bruce's men.

FT: Wolves 3-2 Bristol City

The very definition of last-ditch defending, summed up in one picture...

Wolves v Bristol City
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It worked - Wolves held on for a 3-2 win over Bristol City.

Tuesday's action

Brighton v QPR (12:30 GMT), Derby v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Glenn Murray
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Four Championship clubs are getting an extra day to digest their Christmas lunches, but they're all in action in the two EFL matches being played on Tuesday.

Second-placed Brighton host struggling QPR, while in-form Derby are at home to Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham.

Join us for live text and radio coverage from 12:00 GMT on the BBC Sport website and app.

Points shared at Home Park

Plymouth 3-3 Wycombe

Myles Weston
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Myles Weston's late strike salvages Wycombe a point at Plymouth, with neither side able to find a fourth goal in added time.

In the hunt

Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds win

Despite their impressive run of form, third-placed Reading are still five points below second-placed Brighton and six below leaders Newcastle - who both have a game in hand.

That's how strong the top of the Championship is this season.

Wycombe strike late

Plymouth 3-3 Wycombe

There might have been a delay for the start of this one, but the game has been worth the wait.

Wycombe have pulled back from 3-1 down to level Plymouth at 3-3 thanks to Myles Weston's strike from the edge of the box.

There's four minutes of added time for either side to snatch all three points.

Do they know it's Christmas time?

FT: Rotherham 3-2 Wigan

Rotherham celebrate
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Suffering a fifth defeat in a row and having conceded eight goals in three games, Wigan remain four points adrift of 21st-placed Burton, definitely in the danger zone.

Their loss today at bottom-of-the-table Rotherham brings the Millers to within five points of the Latics.

But both sides will need a quite remarkable turnaround in the second half of their seasons to have hope of staying in the Championship.

Still to come...

Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

Newcastle celebrate
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Championship leaders Newcastle will aim to extend their advantage at the top of the table to four points when they host Sheffield Wednesday later.

The Owls are in the hunt for promotion again themselves, having started the day in sixth position.

You can find live text and radio coverage on the BBC Sport website and app from 19:00 BST, as well as reaction to the rest of today's EFL action.

Get Involved

#bbcefl

Will an eighth defeat in 10 league games see more pressure from Norwich fans on manager Alex Neil, whose side have slipped to 12th in the Championship table?

The Canaries went down 3-1 at Reading today. How much blame should the players take for that rotten run? Or is at higher up at board level where the problems lie?

Let us know using #bbcefl on social media.

You can listen to post-match reaction on BBC Radio Norfolk by heading to the top of this page.

Alex Neil
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In the hunt

Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds win

After their wins today, at the halfway stage of the season, Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds are halfway to potential points totals of 86, 84 and 82 points respectively.

Promotion contenders? You bet.

74 points was comfortable enough for a play-off spot last season.

League Two round-up

Plymouth 3-2 Wycombe
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They're still playing at Home Park, where kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes due to crowd congestion. It's a bit of a thriller as well, as leaders Plymouth hold a 3-2 advantage over play-off chasing Wycombe.

Bottom side Newport threw away a two-goal second-half lead as they lost 3-2 at home to Portsmouth, who are now just five points behind Carlisle in the automatic promotion places following the Cumbrians' 1-1 draw at Crewe.

Doncaster are a further two points ahead of Pompey after their win at Notts County.

  • Leyton Orient 3-2 Crawley
  • Yeovil 0-0 Exeter
  • Crewe 1-1 Carlisle
  • Grimsby 2-0 Accrington
  • Hartlepool 0-1 Blackpool
  • Luton 0-1 Colchester
  • Cheltenham 1-2 Barnet
  • Newport 2-3 Portsmouth
  • Notts County 0-1 Doncaster
  • Plymouth 3-2 Wycombe (15:15 start)
  • Stevenage 1-2 Cambridge
  • Mansfield 0-1 Morecambe

League One round-up

Billy Bodin
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The battle between promotion contenders Bradford and Scunthorpe failed to produce any fireworks, but the Iron remain top of the table after a 0-0 draw.

Russell Slade's first game as Coventry boss ends in a 4-1 defeat by Bristol Rovers, the Sky Blues' seventh straight loss in League One. Billy Bodin scored a hat-trick for the Pirates, who are up to 10th.

Ademola Lookman scored the only goal as Charlton won 1-0 at MK Dons in manager Karl Robinson's first league game back at Milton Keynes, while there were also victories for second-placed Sheffield United and Bolton in third.

  • Southend 3-0 Wimbledon
  • Sheff Utd 2-0 Oldham
  • Bradford 0-0 Scunthorpe
  • Bristol Rovers 4-1 Coventry
  • Fleetwood 0-0 Bury
  • Millwall 2-0 Swindon
  • Bolton 2-1 Shrewsbury
  • Oxford Utd 0-1 Northampton
  • Peterborough 1-1 Gillingham
  • Port Vale 0-1 Walsall
  • Rochdale 3-0 Chesterfield
  • MK Dons 0-1 Charlton

FULL-TIMES

Huddersfield 2-1 Nottingham Forest, Preston 1-4 Leeds

Elsewhere, Fulham have won at Ipswich, while promotion hopefuls Huddersfield and Leeds have both enjoyed big wins.

Now, let's have a look at the full-time scores in League One...

FULL-TIME

Rotherham 3-2 Wigan

It was nervy and they were clinging on at the end, but that's a huge win for bottom-of-the-table Rotherham!

They move to within five points of the 23rd-placed Latics.

FULL-TIMES

Championship

As final whistles begin to blow, Reading have beaten Norwich, Aston Villa held on to win at home to Burton Albion and Barnsley have comfortably won against Blackburn.

Wolves were 3-2 winners in a five-goal thriller at home to Bristol City, who are on a rough run of form.

Aden Flint
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DISALLOWED GOAL (Grigg)

Rotherham 3-2 Wigan

Will Grigg has the ball in the net but Wigan's fire is put straight out by the linesman's flag - the striker's goal is ruled out for offside.

Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn

Marley Watkins has sewn up all three points for Barnsley against Blackburn, who are down to 10 men after Darragh Lenihan's earlier red card.

Meanwhile, Michael Mancienne's day is complete at Huddersfield. An own goal and now a red card for the Forest defender, and his side trail 2-1.

GOAL: Reading 3-1 Norwich

Callum Harriott

Reading's fifth consecutive win at the Madejski is secured as Callum Harriott drills in to put them two goals clear of 10-man Norwich.

Job done for Jaap Stam's side, who will stay third in the Championship.

Not good for Alex Neil's men, who are heading for an eighth league defeat in 10.

Alex Neil
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GOAL: Preston 1-4 Leeds

Pablo Hernandez

It's the most wonderful time of the year if you're a Leeds fan - Garry Monk's side are cruising to victory at Preston now.

CLOSE!

Rotherham 3-2 Wigan

Yanic Wildschut is almost there with Wigan's equaliser but his effort is deflected wide for a corner, which Rotherham clear.

Just two minutes are left for the Millers to hold on.

Chasing a play-off spot

So, as things stand, Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds are all heading for victories, having started the afternoon in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Rotherham 3-2 Wigan

Wigan are piling on the pressure, desperate to end their run of four straight defeats.

Yanic Wildschut is at the centre of everything good that the visitors are doing. Rotherham - who led 3-0 - are hanging on.

Listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary of the closing stages via the audio icon at the top of the page.

Sharp puts Blades in front

League One latest

Billy Sharp
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Bottom club Oldham's resistance has finally been broken at Bramall Lane, where Billy Sharp has given promotion contenders Sheffield United the lead late in the second half.

Coventry's hopes of earning a point at Bristol Rovers appear to have been dashed, because another Billy - Billy Bodin - has a hat-trick for the Pirates, who lead 4-1.

Peterborough look set to climb to fifth place with Lee Angol giving them a 1-0 lead at home to Gillingham.

Wolves 3-2 Bristol City, Ipswich 0-2 Fulham

More Championship goals to tell you about.

A great penalty from Ivan Cavaleiro has put Wolves 3-2 against Bristol City following Aden Flint's handball, while Ragnar Sigurdsson has headed a second for Fulham, who are 2-0 up at Ipswich.

Ragnar Sigurdsson
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GOAL: Rotherham 3-2 Wigan

Jordi Gomez

This game certainly isn't done yet because, from 3-0 down at half-time, Wigan are back to 3-2!

Rotherham nerves are jangling as Jordi Gomez finishes off a neat Latics move with a low finish from 18 yards.

Around 10 minutes remain and it is tense.

GOAL: Aston Villa 2-1 Burton Albion

Ross McCormack

Relief around Villa Park! Not long after Lloyd Dyer hit the post for Burton, Villa have the lead.

Jordan Ayew crossed, low, to the far post and Ross McCormack had acres of space to turn the ball home from five yards.

Burton hit the post

Aston Villa 1-1 Burton Albion

Jonathan Kodjia breaks and sees his shot saved, but would have been offside anyway.

Moments earlier, Burton almost took a shock lead through a former Birmingham player, but Lloyd Dyer hit the post.

Newport hanging on

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Bottom side Newport are hanging on as they battle for a shock victory against promotion-chasing Portsmouth.

The hosts led 2-0 after Rhys Healey's goal early in the second half, before Danny Rose pulled one back for Portsmouth and Pompey's Kal Naismith fired a penalty over the bar.

Doncaster are up to second as it stands - Andy Williams headed Rovers into the lead at struggling Notts County.

DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION

Reading 2-1 Norwich

Norwich, down to 10 men, make a double change in a bid to avoid a fifth consecutive away league defeat.

Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan are the men to come on, for Steven Naismith and their goalscorer, Nelson Oliveira.

Rotherham 3-1 Wigan

Adam Le Fondre heads wide at the far post for Wigan. Not long later, he shoots over from range.

Is it going to be a case of too little, too late for the Latics, from 3-0 down?

Beckford sent off for Preston

Preston 1-3 Leeds

Jermaine Beckford. Dear, oh dear.

Having just served a suspension for fighting with his own team-mate, the Preston striker is sent off on his return to the side against his former club Leeds.

He took exception to a strong aerial challenge by Kyle Bartley and appeared to kick out at the Leeds man.

GOAL: Reading 2-1 Norwich

Garath McCleary

Drama at the Madejski Stadium as first Jonny Howson handballs in the area and is sent off for Norwich.

From the resulting penalty, Yann Kermorgant hits the bar but Garath McCleary heads in on the rebound to restore Reading's lead.

The Royals will cut the gap to second-placed Brighton to five points if they can hold on against 10 men.

CLOSE!

Aston Villa 1-1 Burton Albion

Albert Adomah has a chance for Villa in the area from a left-wing cross, but he fires over the crossbar. Steve Bruce's side are still being held by Burton Albion.

There are 25 minutes left at Villa Park.

Coventry battling back

League One latest

Russell Slade
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Coventry's hopes of winning at least a point in Russell Slade's first game in charge looked dead and buried when Billy Bodin doubled Bristol Rovers' lead early in the second half, but Jordan Willis has just pulled one back for the visitors to make it 2-1.

Rochdale will be up to fourth place if all the results stay the same at the end of the afternoon - Calvin Andrew has scored their second goal against relegation-threatened Chestefield to make it 2-0 at Spotland.

GOAL: Huddersfield 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Michael Mancienne own goal

Disaster for Nottingham Forest and delight for Huddersfield, who go in front for the first time today with an own goal from Michael Mancienne, who could only slice Rajiv van La Parra's cross into his own net.

Another appalling goal to give away from a Forest point of view.

Town will be up to third in the table if it stays like this.

League Two latest

John Akinde
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Cheltenham were out of the relegation zone for a brief time, but they're heading back to it now as John Akinde restores Barnet's lead by putting the finishing touch to a counter attack.

Ben Kennedy has pulled Stevenage level with fellow play-off hopefuls Cambridge, while Portsmouth have a goal back at Newport to trail 2-1 and Doncaster are 1-0 up at Notts County.

GOAL: Reading 1-1 Norwich

Nelson Oliveira

Norwich are back in the game! It could be a very important goal for Alex Neil, too, as Nelson Oliveira powers into the net from 15 yards out after Jacob Murphy cut the ball back from the byline.

Rotherham 3-1 Wigan

Wigan are having a go at the New York Stadium. They're sensing a comeback. They have one already - can they get a second and make this one really, really interesting?

CLOSE!

Reading 1-0 Norwich

Third-placed Reading almost double their lead at home to Norwich, but Yann Kermorgant's good header from a corner is saved.