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Summary

  1. FT: Brentford 0-0 Norwich
  2. Birmingham come from 2-0 to draw at 10-man Barnsley
  3. Reach scores injury-time equaliser for Sheff Wed at Preston
  4. Wigan hold Derby to goalless draw at iPro
  5. QPR win at Wolves to end run of six losses
  6. Wells scores late leveller for Huddersfield v Blackburn
  7. Sheff Utd go top of League One, Plymouth top of League Two

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By Gary Smee, Phil Shepka and Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

FT: Brentford 0-0 Norwich

That ends our EFL offering for the day, and for 2016.

Thanks for following BBC Sport for your EFL coverage this year, and don't fear, we'll be with you in 2017 as we get to the end of the season with all the thrills and spills that are sure to come.

Have a good evening whatever you're doing and try not to get into a tussle like these guys...

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FT: Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods on Sky Sports:

"We're disappointed we couldn't snatch it at the end with them going down to 10 men but we started off by trying to make it difficult for them tonight and we could have pinched it at the end."

On Robbie Brady's red: "It was a 50-50 but I've got a few marks on my thigh. It's a tough one on the night but it's the referee's decision at the end of the day."

FT: Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Norwich defender Russell Martin told Sky Sports:

"It's disappointing not to win the game. We had three or four chances which should be goals. 

"We showed what we were about, we showed togetherness and belief. That's a small step towards getting back to where we want to be."

FULL-TIME

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

If only they had played like the final 10 minutes for the whole game we may have had a goal in that match.

As it is, the game ends goalless after Norwich full-back Robbie Brady's red card.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

A long ball forward finds Brentford striker Philipp Hofmann, but he lashes at a cross into the box and it goes into the stands.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Norwich win a free-kick in the Brentford half, but it's easily cleared by the Bees defence and in the aftermath the canaries cannot get a shot away. It's all a bit frantic.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Sullay Kaikai swings in a dangerous corner but somehow Norwich clear the danger ahead of a Bees head and break down the other end, but Martin Olsson's shot from outside the area was straight at Dan Bentley.

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Alex Neil is probably trying to run down the clock, so decides to take off Alex Pritchard in place of Steven Naismith.

Or is he going for this match?

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

We're into six minutes of injury time and Brentford are on top at Griffin Park. Some last-ditch defending clears away a low cross from Scott Hogan

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Ryan Bennett may well have just saved Norwich a point.

Scott Hogan turns into the box and looks to be one-on-one with John Ruddy, but Bennett stretches and gets to the ball before Hogan can shoot.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford bring on big striker Philipp Hofmann to try to win the match, but a cross into the box just evades his head and is gathered by John Ruddy.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

That sums today up.

Alex Pritchard's shot is smacked into the wall.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Norwich win a free-kick central and around 20 yards out. What can they do with it?

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Adam Barley: This just sums up our season so far! Both players go studs up but we get punished? Hard to be a Norwich fan sometimes..  

Dan Bell: Both players were sliding in. How can Brady be sent off?? Surely both should be sent off.

Or neither.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford break with real purpose through Romaine Sawyers, but Scott Hogan totally miscontrols the ball on the edge of the area.

Norwich shure up the left-hand side now that full-back Brady has been dismissed. Striker Cameron Jerome off. Martin Olsson on.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brady looked incensed by the decision to send him off. Both players were looking at the ball. He has been central for Norwich today and that could prove crucial.

Anyway, back to the action and a succession of Brentford set plays are dealt with by Norwich.

RED CARD (Brady)

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

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Norwich are down to 10 men, but you have to say it's very harsh.

Robbie Brady and Ryan Woods go in for a 50-50 tackle, which Woods gets to first and Brady leaves a mark on the Brentford midfielder and the ref shows him a straight red.

Brady did have his studs up, so presumably that's why he's been sent for an early bath.

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford make a second change already, bringing on Yoann Barbet in place of Tom Field.

Ryan Woods is soldiering on after his earlier injury.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Jacob Murphy almost makes an immediate impact after latching onto Cameron Jerome's flick through, but his shot when one-on-one is kept out by Dan Bentley's legs.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford boss Dean Smith clearly wants a spark, so decides to bring on Romaine Sawyers for Josh McEachran.

Norwich boss Alex Neil brings on Jacob Murphy for Ivo Pinto.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

This is one of those games where you do think there will be a goal in it, but Cameron Jerome has just missed the best chance of the match so far.

Norwich full-back Ivo Pinto makes a great break down the right and pulls the ball back to Jerome, who from 12 yards hits it over the bar under no pressure.

What a miss.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Kaikai's free-kick into the area is deep, headed back across goal by John Egan, but no Brentford head can get a clear effort on goal and it goes over.

Then immediately after, Cameron Jerome goes down the other end but fires wide when free in the area from a tight angle

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Alex Tettey gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position for a foul on Sullay Kaikai, but the Norwich man comes off worst, needing treatment to his ankle area from the physio.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Woods looks OK to continue, although he is moving rather gingerly.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford's Ryan Woods is currently down receiving treatment after colliding with team-mate Andreas Bjelland and we've got a break in play.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Norwich don't draw many matches. They've only done it three times all season in the league, with the most recent coming on 18 October against Fulham.

The way it's going, that record could be about to change.

Nelson Oliveira has a crack from long-range, but it's wide of the target.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford win a corner on the right-hand side, and it's played short to Sullay Kaikai, whose pace gets him away from two defenders to run to the byline, but his cross is tipped away by Norwich keeper John Ruddy.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Excellent work from Brentford's Scott Hogan tees up his strike partner Sullay Kaikai, but Norwich defenders thrust their bodies in front of the Bees man's shot to deflect it wide for a corner, which comes to nothing.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford are still yet to have a shot on target in the entire match.

This is the type of game for a true, die-hard fan.

At the other end, Norwich striker Nelson Oliveira sees a shot blocked before Robbie Brady's run into the box is halted by two defenders.

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Brentford 0-0 Norwich

One positive for Norwich recently has been the form of Nelson Oliveira.

He wins a free-kick on the right-hand side of the box, but Robbie Brady's delivery is cleared by Brentford.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Again, early on in this second half it just seems as if both teams get to the final third of the pitch and then don't know what to do with the ball.

Both have been wasteful.

Back under way

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

We're off again at Griffin Park. Let's hope for some early New Year's fireworks to round of the EFL action today.

I'm sorry for that dreadful pun...

'We stole three points'

Reaction: Wolves 1-2 QPR

Pawel Wszolek's 87th-minute strike ended a run of six straight losses for QPR.

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"It was probably the worst that we played but the best heart that we showed. 

"In the last couple of games we have played some wonderful football and got nothing. Well today the boys earned that against the run of play and we have come here and stolen those points but that is what you have to do in football sometimes. 

"We had more efforts on goal and Pawel deserved that as he chases and chases and sometimes the harder you work the luckier you get." 

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Ben Poch: Can't remember the last time I wanted Norwich to lose so badly. A win today only delays what is needed. Alex Neil needs to go.

Tell us how you really feel, Ben...

'We won't dwell on it'

Reaction: Preston 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Preston manager Simon Grayson on his side conceding a stoppage-time equaliser:

"We won't dwell on it. We are very proud of how we played. We cut them open many a time and got into some good areas. 

"You need that second goal sometimes and we didn't get that. 

"There were some good individual performances today and that bodes very well for the future."

'We were lucky'

Reaction: Preston 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

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Adam Reach's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time earned Sheffield Wednesday a draw at Preston.

Sam Hutchinson had put through his own net to give Preston the lead in a scrappy game at Deepdale.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"This kind of thing happens in the Championship, so it's important to stay together like a team until the end and believe that we can achieve the minimum of one point. 

 "Getting the point in the last minute is something we have done before. We still believe until the last second that we can achieve points. 

 "At the end we had the luck that in some games we didn't have in some other games. This is football."

'It's very encouraging'

Reaction: Barnsley 2-2 Birmingham

Birmingham came from two goals behind to earn a point at 10-man Barnsley. It ended a run of two losses for Gianfranco Zola since he took over from Gary Rowett earlier this month.

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Zola said he saw signs of improvement:

"It's important that we are off the block and you can see that things are getting better. 

"It is what I was looking for after the first half. Sometimes it's about wanting to change things and it's very encouraging for me.

"It was a penalty and the red card (for Marc Roberts) was correct. I was very pleased with Che (Adams). He created a lot of situations and he played very well. His play was game-changing. 

"We knew as soon as we came here that he was a player of potential. He's very important to us."

HT: Brentford 0-0 Norwich

While you digest that half of football in which both shots on target came from Norwich, here's some reaction from today's earlier Championship matches.

HALF-TIME

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

One minute of injury time is played out without any action, much like the rest of the game.

Let's hope for better in the second half.

Brentford 0-0 Norwich

Brentford go straight up the other end and Nico Yennaris plays in Scott Hogan, but the ball gets stuck under the striker's feet and he shoots wide of the target.