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Summary

  1. Brighton go top after winning at Fulham
  2. Tomer Hemed and Lewis Dunk help Brighton come from behind
  3. Charlie Mulgrew gives Blackburn victory over Newcastle
  4. Reading come from 2-0 down to beat Bristol City
  5. Leeds ease to 3-0 win over Rotherham
  6. Nelson Oliveira scores hat-trick as Norwich beat 10-man Derby
  7. Get involved via #bbcefl

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By Adam Williams and Ian Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Well, I might go and lie down and catch my breath after that dramatic day of EFL action.

That's our lot for the opening action of 2017 but if you still want some more live football, West Ham v Manchester United in the Premier League is just getting started with Shamoon Hafez.

Until next time, take care.

Read all about it

Barnsley celebrate
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All the reports from a dramatic day of Championship action are flooding in and can be found right here.

No shortage of headlines and we'll have the reaction to the main stories coming up later.

League Two headlines

  • Doncaster go top with a late win over Stevenage.
  • Second-placed Plymouth and third-placed Carlisle lose to Barnet and Grimsby respectively.
  • Cambridge beat struggling Notts County 4-0 while Exeter beat Leyton Orient by the same score.

League One headlines

  • Sheffield United come from behind to beat struggling Bury 3-1 and stay top of League One.
  • Second-placed Bolton twice come from behind to draw at Coventry.
  • Third-placed Scunthorpe can only draw at home to Peterborough.
  • Wins for Rochdale and Bradford against Walsall and Northampton respectively see them remain in fourth and fifth.

Championship headlines

Hemed
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Some late twists and turns at the top of the table plus some surprises. Here's what it all meant....

  • Blackburn upset leaders Newcastle courtesy of Charlie Mulgrew's second-half free-kick.
  • Brighton come from behind to beat Fulham and return to the Championship summit.
  • Reading score three goals in the closing 18 minutes to come from 2-0 down and beat Bristol City 3-2.
  • Chris Wood nets twice as Leeds United beat Rotherham 3-0.
  • Nelson Oliveira takes the match ball with a hat-trick for Norwich against Derby County.

....scores coming in up and down the land.

We'll bring you all the headlines shortly....

FULL-TIME

Bristol City 2-3 Reading

What a late, late show from Reading.

With 18 minutes to play, they were trailing 2-0, but goals from Liam Kelly and a Yann Kermorgant brace have turned it around for them.

For Bristol City, it's a sixth straight defeat.

Clayton's late show

League One update

Bolton have equalised again against Coventry, Max Clayton scoring in injury time.

Bradford have battled back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 at Northampton.

FULL-TIME

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United

Charlie Mulgrew
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All over at Ewood Park and Blackburn have defied the form book to upset the Championship leaders.

GOAL (Kermorgant)

Bristol City 2-3 Reading

My word! Reading look to have stolen this one out of nowhere in injury time.

Yann Kermorgant again the scorer and it looks like a huge comeback is complete. It's a bit of a special strike too from some 25 yards and low into the bottom corner.

CLOSE!

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United

Dwight Gayle almost there with goal number 20 and an equaliser for Newcastle.

He's inside the box, turns, shoots, but can't shoot on target!

FULL-TIME

Fulham 1-2 Brighton

Lewis Dunk scores
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It's all over at Craven Cottage where Brighton showed their mettle to come from behind to win thanks to two goals in two minutes with a Tomer Hemed penalty and Lewis Dunk header.

Lucas Piazon had given Fulham the lead after Seagulls keeper David Stockdale had saved a first-half penalty from Stefan Johansen.

It looks like Brighton are going top of the Championship.

INJURY TIME

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United

Three minutes being added on at Ewood Park...

Rovers return

League Two update

It's looking like being a very good day for Doncaster Rovers.

With both Grimsby and Plymouth losing Darren Ferguson's men are going back to the top of the table thanks to a Fraser Franks own goal.

Elsewhere, Wycombe have come from a goal behind to lead against rock bottom Newport.

Canaries on song

Championship update

Nelson Oliveira
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Nelson Oliveira has his hat-trick as Norwich now lead 10-man Derby 3-0.

Elsewhere, Brentford have turned it around against Birmingham and now lead 2-1 thanks to an own goal from David Davis and Pawel Wszolek has put QPR back in front against Ipswich. 

GOAL (Kermorgant)

Bristol City 2-2 Reading

All square at Ashton Gate!

Reading equalise through Yann Kermorgant with four minutes to play.

A shot on the turn inside the box from the Frenchman has the Royals level and potentially with momentum to go on and win it.

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United

Owen Coyle
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Could be a huge result for both Blackburn and Owen Coyle coming up?

Might be the longest six minutes of his managerial career so far though...

Lucky Charlie?

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United

Charlie Mulgrew has scored for Blackburn in both games Rovers have played against Newcastle this season.

They're also his only two goals of the campaign so far...

A lucky charm? Just under 10 minutes to go at Ewood Park....

GOAL (Wood)

Leeds 3-0 Rotherham

Chris Wood
Empics

Chris Wood puts the game to bed with a close range finish.

Garry Monk's men have been superb in the second half and, as it stands, are going up to third in the table.

Bogle at the double

League Two update

Grimsby have turned it around at Carlisle thanks to a second half double from striker Omar Bogle.

Elsewhere in League Two, Wycombe have levelled against Newport and Cambridge are now 4-0 up against Notts County.

Championship top three latest

So, bit of a turn-around in fortunes for the Championship's top three in the last 10 minutes.

Here's how their games look with 13 or so minutes remaining....

  • Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United
  • Bristol City 2-1 Reading
  • Fulham 1-2 Brighton

.....it's suddenly a goal-fest in the Championship!

You up to speed?

Blades battle back

League One update

Sheffield United have come from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 at Bury after Kelvin Etuhu's own goal.

Elsewhere at the top of League One, Bolton are behind at Coventry again after a goal from Sky Blues debutant Stuart Beavon.

GOAL (Mulgrew)

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle United

Blackburn
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Who saw this coming?

Not many I'll bet, Blackburn have the lead against top of the table Newcastle with 16 minutes to play.

Charlie Mulgrew is the scorer as his well-placed free-kick finds the bottom left-hand corner and goes beyond Karl Darlow in the visitors' goal.

GOAL (Dunk)

Fulham 1-2 Brighton

What a turnaround at Craven Cottage where Brighton are in front.

Anthony Knockaert's effort is saved and Lewis Dunk is on hand to head home.

GOAL (Hemed pen)

Fulham 1-1 Brighton

He's only just come on to the pitch as a substitute but Tomer Hemed slides in the penalty to put Brighton level.

Tomer Hemed
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GOAL (L Kelly)

Bristol City 2-1 Reading

Well, a change of personnel for Reading does the trick.

Liam Kelly steps off the bench and makes an immediate impact. Still 18 minutes to play at Ashton Gate.

Trotters level

Bolton have equalised at Coventry through Zach Clough's penalty.

Elsewhere in League One Oxford have taken the lead at Gillingham and Charlton now lead 3-1 against Bristol Rovers.

PENALTY TO BRIGHTON

Fulham 1-0 Brighton

Brighton have the chance to level from the penalty spot as Ragna Sigurdsson brings down Anthony Knockaert.

Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle United

Great effort from Sam Gallagher for Blackburn.

First real sniff of goal for the hosts and the Southampton loanee sees his right-foot effort on the edge of the box curve just wide right of goal.

RED CARD (Butterfield)

Norwich 1-0 Derby

Butterfield off
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Derby are up against it at Carrow Road now as Jacob Butterfield is shown a red card for a hefty challenge on Wes Hoolahan that leaves the Canaries midfielder in a heap.

GOAL (Wood)

Leeds 2-0 Rotherham

It's a 15th of the season for Chris Wood.

The New Zealand international shows good strength before powering home a ferocious strike.

Bristol City 2-0 Reading

Little sign of Reading forcing their way back into this one.

Not a great omen really for Jaap Stam before he takes his charges up to former club Manchester United for an FA Cup third round tie on Saturday.

Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle United

Newcastle really upping the pressure now on Blackburn.

Ciaran Clark again in the action as he volleys from inside the box left-footed from Isaac Hayden's cross and Jason Steele once more makes a fine fingertip save over the bar to keep the visitors out on 64 minutes.

More misery for Magpies

League Two update

Cambridge United now lead 3-0 against struggling Notts County after goals from Uche Ikpeazu and Luke Berry.

Elsewhere Accrington took the lead against Hartlepool through Billy Kee's goal but the visitors have quickly levelled thanks to  Padraig Amond.

Brighton go close

Fulham 1-0 Brighton

Brighton have picked up the pace at Craven Cottage since going behind and only a fine save from David Button prevents Sam Baldock equalising with a left-foot volley.

The game is opening up and it's end-to-end stuff as Fulham immediately win a corner at the other end.

Elsewhere, Brentford are level at Birmingham thanks to Scott Hogan, who then immediately misses a penalty that would have put the Bees ahead.

DISALLOWED GOAL AGAIN FOR NEWCASTLE!

Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle United

Newcastle
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Mad scramble in the Blackburn penalty area after Jason Steele saves a free-kick and Ciaran Clark thinks he has put the visitors ahead.

But, without delay, the referee spots a hand on the ball from the defender as he tried to set himself to prod home and it's ruled out once more.

Addicks turn it around

League One update

Josh Magennis has his second of the day and Charlton now lead 2-1 against Bristol Rovers.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle United

Dwight Gayle offside
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Newcastle think they have the lead at Blackburn through goal-machine Dwight Gayle.

But, the linesman's flag is up as Gayle flicks a header into the net from Matt Ritchie's free-kick.

Gayle had strayed ahead of the Blackburn defenders as Mo Diame flicked the first touch on. 

GOAL (Piazon)

Fulham 1-0 Brighton

Lucas Piazon scores
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You can't say it's not been coming. Fulham have been in charge of this game so far and are finally rewarded when Lucas Piazon fires home from Tom Cairney's pass.

Brighton's 17-game unbeaten run is under threat.