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  1. Brighton beat Reading 3-0 to go top
  2. Baldock, Murphy and Knockaert scored for Brighton
  3. Newcastle fought back to draw with Bristol City
  4. Huddersfield held 1-1 by Barnsley
  5. Chris Wood scored Leeds' winner v Sheff Wed

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By Ian Woodcock and Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

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Anthony Knockaert

That's it from us this evening.

Thanks for being with us to take in today's EFL action, as Brighton went top of the Championship.

Remember, there's live text coverage of Norwich v Ipswich on the BBC Sport website and app tomorrow from 11:45 GMT.

And then there's the juicy Brighton v Newcastle fixture to come on Tuesday.

Until next time, goodbye.

Derby day in East Anglia

Norwich v Ipswich (Sunday, 12:00 GMT)

Norwich players celebrate
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If you thought today's matches had plenty of passion and drama, then tomorrow's East Anglian derby might top it all.

Norwich welcome Ipswich Town to Carrow Road, having not lost to their local rivals in seven meetings over the last eight years, including two games in the play-offs in 2014-15.

The Canaries are looking to revive their play-off bid after a difficult spell at the end of 2016, while Ipswich are four games unbeaten.

Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy says he's been "surprised" by the hatred between the two sets of supporters, but knows there is plenty at stake.

We'll have live text commentary on that game on the BBC Sport website and app from 11:45 GMT on Sunday.

Seagulls host Magpies next

FT: Brighton 3-0 Reading

The results have certainly gone Brighton's way today, with automatic promotion challengers Newcastle and Huddersfield both dropping points

The Seagulls are now five games unbeaten, and host the Magpies at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday in a game which could be crucial in their hopes of winning promotion to the Premier League.

Albion haven't played in the top flight since 1982-83. Could this finally be their year?

"The lads take the credit as we fully deserve the win," defender Shane Duffy told Sky Sports.

"We just worry about ourselves but we have a massive game on Tuesday."

Albion go a point clear

FT: Brighton 3-0 Reading

Reading may have dominated possession on the south coast, but Brighton were clinical on the counter attack.

Read Phil Cartwright's report by clicking the link below as Albion take advantage of Newcastle's slip-up to go a point clear at the top of the Championship.

Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert

Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Reading

Brighton take advantage of Newcastle's slip-up as they beat Reading to go a point clear at the top of the Championship.

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FULL-TIME: Brighton 3-0 Reading

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Referee Peter Bankes blows his whistle to cheers at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton clinch a comfortable win over Reading, moving back to the top of the Championship table.

More importantly, the Seagulls are six points clear of third-placed Huddersfield and 11 clear of Reading in fifth.

Brighton 3-0 Reading

Danny Williams shoots in a bid to get a consolation for Reading, but his effort is blocked by Shane Duffy inside the area.

Brighton look like they will secure a second successive clean sheet.

Brighton 3-0 Reading

We are into four minutes of added time at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton 3-0 Reading

Albion bring some pressure on themselves after a few loose passes and sloppy play at the back.

Lewis Grabban wins a late corner which is cleared unconvincingly.

Brighton 3-0 Reading

Reading are still pushing, and left-back Tyler Blackett gets on the ball in the box.

However, his pull-back is easily dealt with by Bruno.

Reaction: Johnson 'proud' of Bristol City

FT: Newcastle 2-2 Bristol City

Lee Johnson
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Bristol City boss Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol he thought his club were "outstanding" in their draw at Newcastle.

The Robins were on a run of 10 defeats from 13 matches but took a 2-0 lead at the title hopefuls before they fought back in the second half.

"We were outstanding as a club today. The players, the staff, the fans all came together," he said.

"I was just proud of the club today. There has been a lot of stick flying about this week and rightly so and I have borne the brunt of it.

"The players have produced and if anyone was ever in doubt that this was a committed bunch of players then they will have seen today."

He added: "I don't think it was about answering critics. We love this place and we are as disappointed as anyone else when we fail to deliver.

"We delivered in every aspect today and they couldn't live with us at times."


Brighton 3-0 Reading

Albion make their final two changes, as on-loan Chuba Akpom replaces goalscorer Sam Baldock up front.

Then left-back Sebastien Pocognoli is brought off and young on-loan Chelsea left-back Fikayo Tomori comes on in the Belgian's place.

GOAL: Brighton 3-0 Reading

Anthony Knockaert

Anthony Knockaert
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From another counter-attack, Brighton finish things off.

A misplaced pass from Liam Kelly is seized upon by Jamie Murphy and he bursts forward to create a three on two.

Murphy finds Anthony Knockaert on the left and the Frenchman fires left-footed past Ali Al Habsi and inside the far post from just inside the area.

The three points are surely secure now.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Reading are still controlling possession, but Brighton are remaining compact and are frustrating the visitors.

Can the Royals mount a comeback as we enter the final 10 minutes?

Roy Beerens
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Brighton 2-0 Reading

Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray up front for Brighton for the last quarter of an hour.

Israel international Hemed has scored six goals in his last six appearances.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Yann Kermorgant is standing over the free-kick this time, and looks to lift the ball over the wall and into the top-left corner.

The Frenchman doesn't put enough on it, and the Albion wall blocks it.

Royals right-back Chris Gunter then blazes well wide on the follow up.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Some trickery from Lewis Grabban wins a free-kick for Reading just inside the D of the Brighton area.

This is in a very promising position....


Brighton 2-0 Reading

Royals boss Jaap Stam make their final change, as Lewis Grabban replaces Garath McCleary in the Reading forward line.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is yet to turn to his bench.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Brighton striker Sam Baldock volleys well over from inside the area as he looks for his second of the evening.

As it stands, Albion are going a point clear at the top of the Championship and six points clear of third-placed Huddersfield.

The Seagulls host second-placed Newcastle on Tuesday.

Reaction: Millers must take pride in defeat - Warne

FT: Brentford 4-2 Rotherham

Paul Warne
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Rotherham boss Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield he is "a realist" about his side's survival chances.

The Millers conceded twice in injury-time to lose at Brentford and are now 16 points adrift of safety with 12 games to go.

"I'm not going to say we are down until we are down but we are all realists," he said.

"I think we have a responsibility to our fans, our sponsors, our chairman and our families to perform every week.

"I think if you came here today and said my lads had given up then you'd been drinking heavily before you came in."

He added: "The result wasn't fair on us. I don't think it flattered us when it was 2-2.

"I thought we played really well and I told the lads they had to take pride in their performance."


Brighton 2-0 Reading

Moments after that yellow, George Evans is replaced in midfield by Liam Kelly.


Brighton 2-0 Reading

Reading midfielder George Evans picks up a caution from referee Peter Bankes for a sliding challenge on Anthony Knockaert out on the right flank.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

John Swift steps up and strikes it straight into the wall.

Brighton scramble it clear.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Brighton are playing with swagger now.

Warren Aspinall Ex-Brighton midfielder on BBC Sussex

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Reading get a free-kick on the edge of the box as Sebastien Pocognoli fouls Danny Williams.

John Swift has taken ownership of this one, sending Yann Kermorgant away.

Reaction: Forest lacked quality in final third - Brazil

FT: Wigan 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Gary Brazil
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Nottingham Forest caretaker Gary Brazil told BBC Radio Nottingham he was content with his team's efforts in their draw at Wigan.

The Reds ended a three-match losing streak with a point at the struggling Latics.

"It wasn't a game for the purist in any way shape or form. There was a lack of quality for both teams in the final third," he said.

"I think I take a positive from the clean sheet. We were very resilient.

"This isn't an easy place to come. The pitch isn't the best and they play a certain way, which makes it hard for you to get going."

He added: "I can't complain about their application. We just needed a bit more quality." 

DISALLOWED GOAL (Murray offside)

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Brighton fans are cheering what they think is a third goal, but the assistant on the near side has his flag up.

Bruno finds Glenn Murray with a ball in from the right and the striker volleys home - but he was just ahead of the Reading defence.

A correct decision by the officials.


Brighton 2-0 Reading

Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell has gone into the book for a cheeky elbow on Yann Kermorgant.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Almost a third for the Seagulls, but Anthony Knockaert shoots into the side-netting from a narrow angle after more good work from Jamie Murphy.

Brighton 2-0 Reading

Reading have brought on John Swift for fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch as they look to get back into the game.

GOAL: Brighton 2-0 Reading

Jamie Murphy

Jamie Murphy
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Moments after suffering a big scare and almost conceding an equaliser, Albion double their lead from a swift counter-attack.

The Seagulls clear a corner and all of a sudden it's three on three.

Dale Stephens' pin-point through ball releases Jamie Murphy, who bears down on Reading's Ali Al-Habsi and calmly dinks the ball over the onrushing keeper.

Brighton are heading to the top of the Championship.

Jamie Murphy
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Brighton 1-0 Reading

Reading almost level, but Shane Duffy clears from just in front of the line!

Danny Williams meets a cross from teh left with a firm header, but Republic of Ireland centre-back Duffy is there to cover, and acrobatically clears the ball.

A crucial interception from the defender, with Brighton keeper David Stockdale rooted to the spot.

Brighton 1-0 Reading

Roy Beerens has a sight at goal for the visitors after a good piece of skill, but the Dutchman drags his shot wide of the far post from outside the area.

Brighton 1-0 Reading

Reading haven't changed their style of play since the break, still going with a calm and patient possession-based game.

However, Brighton have won the ball high up the pitch a couple of times and the second half has largely taken place in the Royals' half.

Reaction: We weren't at our best - Heckingbottom

FT: Barnsley 1-1 Huddersfield

Paul Heckingbottom
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Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield his team made the most of Huddersfield's wastefulness.

The Tykes came from a goal down to take a point against their Yorkshire rivals.

"I'm pleased with a point because we weren't at our best," he said.

"We didn't show a lot of quality in the second half but we affected the game with energy and a tempo to our play.

"We want to be aggressive at home."

He added: "We made them pay for their missed chances and we took a point, which is great."

Brighton 1-0 Reading

Another corner from Anthony Knockaert causes the Reading defence a couple of issues, but Yann Kermorgant manages to head the delivery clear.

Ali Al-Habsi punches a subsequent corner clear, but the ball had gone behind before coming back into play.

Brighton 1-0 Reading

Brighton's top scorer Glenn Murray has an early dig at goal from range after the hosts win possession in the Reading half.

The former Royals loanee drags his effort wide of goal from about 25 yards out.


Brighton 1-0 Reading

Reading get the second half started at the Amex Stadium.

The Royals were out nice and early after the break, a good couple of minutes or so before the Seagulls.

Can Jaap Stam's men find a way back into the match?

Jaap Stam

Promotion backing for Warnock - Dalman

FT: Cardiff 2-2 Fulham

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman says Neil Warnock will receive backing to mount a promotion bid after signing a new deal.

The Bluebirds have had a renaissance under the experienced manager in 2017, picking up a joint league-high 22 points this calendar year.

Warnock celebrated his new contract with a 2-2 draw at home to play-off chasing Fulham.

Neil Warnock

Promotion backing for Warnock - Dalman

Cardiff City Neil Warnock will receive backing to mount a promotion bid after signing a new deal, says chairman Mehmet Dalman.

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Villa win at last

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Derby

Aston Villa have had to wait a long time for a victory in this calendar year, but they managed it today against Derby...

James Chester

Aston Villa 1-0 Derby County

James Chester scores for Aston Villa as they win for the first time in 2017 to end a 10-match winless run.

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Terriers' winning run ends

FT: Barnsley 1-1 Huddersfield

Huddersfield missed the chance to close the gap on Newcastle at the top of the Championship, letting a lead slip at Barnsley...

Adam Davies

Barnsley 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies stars to deny promotion-chasing Huddersfield a seventh straight Championship win.

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