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Summary

  1. Brighton beat Cardiff to go top of the Championship
  2. Tomer Hemed's strike gives the Seagulls all three points
  3. Roy Beerens gives Reading win over Fulham
  4. Beerens scored after John Swift penalty saved
  5. Ali Al-Habsi saves late Chris Martin penalty for Fulham
  6. Wins for Fleetwood and Oldham in League One

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By Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow, farewell

Tomer Hemed
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Despite warnings of fog, the weather gods were kind tonight, as we were treated to a pair of low-scoring, but highly-entertaining Championship games.

Thanks for joining me tonight - we'll have more live text coverage of the Championship tomorrow, when promotion-chasing Leeds host Nottingham Forest.

Until then, goodbye.

Relive the action

If you missed any of the action, you can catch up by reading our match reports.

Brighton went back to the top of the Championship with a hard-fought win over Neil Warnock's Brighton, a game you can relive by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Adam Williams was at the Madejski Stadium to watch Reading cling on for a 1-0 victory over Fulham - his report can be found here.

Full-time around the grounds

It's all over in League One, with victories for Fleetwood and Oldham.

The Cod Army extended League One leaders' Sheffield United's run without a win to three games courtesy of goals from Conor McLaughlin and Devante Cole.

And, at the other end of the table, Oldham moved to within three points of safely with a 2-0 win over Peterborough with goals from Paul Green and Ryan McLaughlin.

And in the EFL Trophy, Coventry and Wycombe are the first two sides through to the semi-finals.

The Sky Blues, bottom of League One, beat Swansea's Under-21s 4-2 on penalties, while Adebayo Akinfenwa got Wycombe's winner as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Mansfield.

FULL-TIME: Reading 1-0 Fulham

Roy Beerens
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After a nail-biting final five minutes, the referee blows for full-time and Reading take all three points.

Roy Beerens scored the only goal of the game, and Ali Al-Habsi's late penalty save preserves Reading's record of winning all five of their games when Beerens gets on the scoresheet.

The Royals are up to third, level on points with fourth-placed Huddersfield and six points above seventhy-placed Derby.

Fulham meanwhile stay ninth, still five points outside the play-off places.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Still three minutes left to play, and Fulham do themselves no favours with a bizarre handball.

Reading defender Danny Williams looks to head the ball out of play, but Stefan Johansen - clearly in a rush to get the throw back into play - catches the ball before it goes out.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Mick Gooding

Ex-Reading player/manager on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Ali Al Habsi, take a bow, take another bow and another bow.

He has made himself big, Chris Martin has blasted the ball and it has come off his thigh.

Jaap Stam's heart would have sunk when the referee gave that penalty and then it would have jumped for joy when it was saved.

MISSED PENALTY

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Saved!

Chris Martin tries to put it in the bottom corner, but Ali Al-Habsi dives low to his right and makes a vital save.

On first viewing, the decision to award the penalty looked fair, as Lucas Piazon was felled by a tackle inside the box. Can Reading cling on?

Penalty to Fulham

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Chris Martin to take it...

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Time to turn our attention back to the Madejski, where Reading still hold a slender 1-0 lead over Fulham heading into the final five minutes.

Both sides make changes, with George Evans and Yann Kermorgant coming on for the hosts, and the hugely-experienced Scott Parker on for Fulham.

Reading will be up to third if they hold onto this lead.

FT: Brighton 1-0 Cardiff

Warren Aspinall

Ex-Brighton striker on BBC Sussex

It was a workmanlike performance tonight from Brighton. 

Teams will come to The Amex and frustrate, we had to scrap for the win.

FULL-TIME: Brighton 1-0 Cardiff

Tomer Hemed
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They had to really fight for it, but Brighton go back to the top of the Championship.

Tomer Hemed's lovely turn and thumping finish was the only difference between the two sides in the end, and it's a result which the hosts probably deserve on balance after a much-improved second-half showing.

Brighton are now 11 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield with only 19 games left. That is huge.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

Fulham struggling to find that killer final ball when they threaten the Reading area.

Lots of space available on both flanks for the visitors to deliver crosses, but little on the end of it.

Chris Martin, booked earlier for a cynical trip on Liam Moore, cuts a dejected figure as he mishits a somewhat ambitious attempt on the volley from the edge of the area.

Brighton 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff are only a goal behind, but Brighton still look more likely to score as the teams approach the end of 90 minutes.

Anthony Knockaert is left with just enough room on the corner of the box, curling the ball just over Allan McGregor's goal.

That's Knockaert's last contribution of the game, as Jiri Skalak comes on for the four added minutes left to play.

Oldham at the double

Into the closing minutes at Oldham where the Latics now lead Peterborough United 2-0.

Ryan McLaughlin taps in at the far post for the home side after good work from Aaron Amadi-Holloway on the break.

"Wonderful goal, fabulous finish!" says BBC Radio Manchester's Jack Dearden.

In the EFL Trophy, Wycombe, who face Tottenham in the FA Cup on Saturday, have come from behind to lead 2-1 at Mansfield.

After Scott Kashket came off the bench to level, Adebayo Akinfenwa has not put the Chairboys in front.

And in south Wales, Swansea and Coventry are level at 1-1.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Reading's Garath McCleary is really starting to impose his will on this game, testing David Button with another shot which Button can only gather at the second attempt.

Fulham have made their second change of the night with 20 minutes to go, Ryan Sessegnon coming on for Scott Malone.

Brighton 1-0 Cardiff

Anthony Knockaert
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That would have been game over, but Brighton centre-half Lewis Dunk heads just wide of the goal as the Seagulls press forward for a second goal.

Cardiff bring Craig Noone and Rhys Healey on to try to swing the momentum back in their favour, and they are nearly rewarded within a minute of the changes.

Noone is involved in it, driving a shot low towards goal, but a Brighton defender gets in the way of it. 10 minutes left.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

It's been all Reading since the break in this one. No idea what Jaap Stam had to say in the changing room at half-time, but it looks like it went in.

Fulham's decision to bring on former Reading loanee Lucas Piazon in midfield hasn't had the desired effect yet and the visitors are struggling to keep hold of the ball.

The next goal looking more likely to come from the home side.

GOAL (Hemed)

Brighton 1-0 Cardiff

Tomer Hemed scores
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Oliver Norwood wastes no time making an impact, feeding a pass to Tomer Hemed just outside the box.

From there, it's all about the Israel striker, who turns sharply and thunders a shot beyond Allan McGregor. Great finish.

Brighton are going back to the top of the table unless the Bluebirds can respond.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Garath McCleary
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Off the bar!

Garath McCleary cuts in from the left and is so close to a wonderful goal.

HIs shot is firmly hit, dipping and curling, but it strikes the bar and Fulham survive.

Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

Into the final 20 minutes between Brighton and Cardiff at the Amex Stadium, where the hosts are creating a bit of pressure, but with no reward.

Chris Hughton turns to Oliver Norwood as he looks to make a breakthrough, with Beram Kayal coming off.

Goals in League One

That 7,000-plus crowd at Oldham has finally been rewarded as Paul Green has fired the Latics in front from the penalty spot after some grappling in the Peterborough box.

It's also going very wrong for Sheffield United where Devante Cole, son of former Manchester United striker Andrew, has doubled Fleetwood's lead.

After six straight wins, it looks like Chris Wilder's Blades are going three without a win.

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

Reading celebrate
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Reading awarded a debatable penalty which led to the opening goal in this one, but Roy Beerens' finish on the rebound has really kicked them into life at the start of this second half.

John Swift, the man whose spot kick was saved, almost found his way in for a second goal only for Tomas Kalas to slide in with a last-ditch tackle to deny him.

Great start to the second half.

Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

Just before that penalty at Reading, Brighton had almost got on the scoresheet in their game with Cardiff.

Anthony Knockaert's free-kick picked out Shane Duffy in the box, but Duffy's glancing header was a whisker off target.

Big crowd at Oldham

GOAL (Beerens)

Reading 1-0 Fulham

Roy Beerens scores
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Fulham are furious, but Reading are awarded a penalty as the referee spots a push on Liam Moore, who goes down in the box.

John Swift's spot-kick is straight down the middle and saved by David Button's legs, but Roy Beerens fires in the rebound.

Reading 0-0 Fulham

The teams are back out at the Madejski Stadium, where Fulham have made a half-time substitution.

Michael Madl, who was hurt in a clash of heads early in the first-half, has not taken back to the field, with Lucas Piazon on in his place.

Piazon had a loan spell at Reading last season - could he come back to haunt his old team tonight?

Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

Nearly an hour gone, and Brighton continue to be frustrated by Cardiff, who are a much improved team under Neil Warnock.

The Seagulls do muster up their second shot on target, but Tomer Hemed's shot was tamely struck and far too close to Allan McGregor.

How long until Brighton boss Chris Hughton looks to make a change up front? 

Oldham go close

It's been a bright start to the second half for Oldham against Peterborough but they're yet to get a reward.

Peter Clarke has had a header cleared off the line for the Latics, while Anthony Gerrard has had a penalty appeal waved away.

And at Bramall Lane, Billy Sharp has seen an effort diverted wide as League One leaders Sheffield United chase an equaliser at home to Fleetwood.

Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

Brighton should be in front.

Solly March delivers another tempting cross into the Cardiff box and straight into the path of Tomer Hemed, but the striker makes poor contact and can't divert the ball into the net.

Anthony Knockaert was waiting just behind him for an easy finish as well. A huge let-off for Cardiff.

Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

No opportunities in this second half so far, and Brighton might want to think about pressing forward sooner than later given how Cardiff have performed late in games.

Anthony Knockaert swings a corner into the box for the hosts, but the referee says there was a foul on Cardiff keeper Allan McGregor and the chance goes to waste.

Cardiff City
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HT: Reading 0-0 Fulham

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

It's all been about possession, possession, possession where Jaap Stam's Reading have been concerned this season, but this first half has been anything but characteristic from the hosts.

At times, the tactics have resembled more of a counter-attack strategy with midfielder Liam Kelly as the fulcrum for injecting pace into their play.

Fulham, to their credit, have been wise to the shift change and are trying to match the thinking.

But, as the old adage goes, this game needs a goal.

HALF-TIME: Reading 0-0 Fulham

Reading v Fulham
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It's goalless at half-time in the later kick-off as well, and I don't think either side could have many complaints with that.

They're about to restart at Brighton, with no changes being made by either side.

Reading 0-0 Fulham

Roy Beerens involved again, this time stinging David Button's palms with a low shot towards the near post.

There haven't been too many openings in the first half, but that was a very smart stop by the Fulham keeper.

Reading 0-0 Fulham

Reading winger Roy Beerens shows good footwork to make a little bit of space before digging a cross into the box.

John Swift meets it with his head, but he's some way out from goal and has to try to generate a lot of power to test keeper David Button.

Too much power as it turns out, with the ball sailing over the crossbar. Only a couple of minutes left in the half now.

Reading 0-0 Fulham

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

This game was 0-0 at half-time at the first time of asking before it was abandoned. To me it seems as it would be justice if it's 0-0 at half-time tonight too.

Reading 0-0 Fulham

Stefan Johansen breaks forward with the ball, with plenty of space ahead of him.

Unfortunately, his shot is all power and no accuracy, as he blazes far over Ali Al-Habsi's goal.

HALF-TIME: Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

Tomer Hemed shoots
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It's still goalless at half-time, but there's been plenty of chances at both ends.

Newcastle will still be top of the table if Brighton can't improve and find at least one goal after the break.

Reading 0-0 Fulham

Reading captain Paul McShane has been heavily involved in the past 10 minutes or so, with a header blocked wide and a saving challenge to stop a Fulham cross.

He won't be too proud of his latest contribution, sliding in late for a challenge and seeing his name go into the referee's book.

Sone Aluko takes the free-kick quickly for Fulham, but fires over the bar. 

Around the grounds

It's half-time in both our games in League One.

As it stands, leaders Sheffield United's mini-blip is set to continue into a third game without a win as they trail Fleetwood courtesy of Conor McLaughlin's goal.

It might have been free admission at Oldham, but those fans who have turned up are yet to see a goal as they are still goalless with Peterborough.

In the EFL Trophy, Mansfield lead Wycombe thanks to Matt Green's penalty but tonight's other quarter-final between Swansea and Coventry remains goalless.

Brighton 0-0 Cardiff

Into three minutes of added time at Brighton, though that may be nearer to four or five minutes as Junior Hoilett gets treatment to a foot injury.

The winger looks okay to carry on, jogging off the pitch with a bit of help from the physio.