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Summary

  1. Newcastle beat Huddersfield to go five points clear at the top
  2. Ritchie penalty, Murphy and Gayle give Newcastle win
  3. Mooy penalty had given Terriers hope
  4. Second-placed Brighton beaten at Nottm Forest
  5. Rhodes scores twice as Sheff Wed thrash Norwich 5-1
  6. Emnes gives Blackburn victory over fellow strugglers Wigan

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By Rob Stevens and Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us on what has proved to be a pretty breathless day of action in the English Football League.

There were important results at both ends of the Championship table, while Fleetwood Town made it 18 games unbeaten in League One to boost their promotion hopes.

Newcastle look to be heading back to the Premier League, as they are now 11 points ahead of third-paced Huddersfield after beating the Terriers 3-1.

Dwight Gayle
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And Dwight Gayle got his 21st of the season on his return from injury. He's now one goal behind the Championship's top scorer Chris Wood.

We'll do it all again with another live text offering on Tuesday, when the Magpies go to Reading in a full programme in the second tier.

Until then, goodbye.

Recap: Blackburn out of drop zone

FT: Blackburn 1-0 Wigan

Marvin Emnes' goal gave Blackburn a priceless win over Wigan in the Championship relegation battle.

The Dutchman broke the deadlock from the edge of the area in the second half, scoring his first goal in five months.

Rovers made it three games unbeaten since Tony Mowbray took charge to go two points clear of the relegation zone.

Wigan remain in 23rd place, four points from safety.

Reaction: 'We lack respect for our team-mates'

FT: Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Norwich

Norwich suffered a 5-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday to fall nine points adrift of the play-off places.

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"Ultimately we've been embarrassing, and a lack of everything on the pitch has let us down and it's looking like an uphill task now to make the play-offs.

"We'll keep fighting, we'll keep going to the end. We owe it to ourselves, we owe it the fans, we owe it to the club.

Cameron Jerome
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"We've not got enough about us as a squad to roll our sleeves up unfortunately and we've been found out on more than one occasion, that's why our away record's so poor.

"You've got to be honest with yourself and as players we're not honest with ourselves. I think we lack respect for our team-mates, we're not fighting for each other.

"We lack respect for the coaching staff, all the things they do for us we don't follow our instructions or orders it's like everyone plays for themselves.

"The fans are coming in their droves away from home to support the team, and ultimately we've come up short again."

Recap: Owls hammer Norwich

FT: Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Norwich

Sheffield Wednesday consolidated their place in the play-offs with a thumping win over Norwich.

Ross Wallace gave the Owls an early lead with a finish into an empty net from 40 yards after John Ruddy failed to get distance on a clearance.

Jordan Rhodes made it 2-0 with a header from Fernando Forestieri's cross before Cameron Jerome pulled one back only for Morgan Fox to make it 3-1 at the break.

Rhodes headed his second before Forestieri scored a fine free-kick, as Wednesday recovered from successive league defeats.

Recap: Brighton beaten at Forest

FT: Nottm Forest 3-0 Brighton

Nottingham Forest scored two late goals to seal victory as Brighton missed the chance to go top of the Championship table.

The Seagulls went behind to Zach Clough's strike on the hour mark before Ben Osborn netted and Clough bagged a second from the spot penalty.

Albion suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time September, and are now five points behind league leaders Newcastle.

Read the full report here.

'The game plan was good'

FT: Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez told Sky Sports:

"We knew we were playing against a team comfortable in possession, so we decided to defend and try and counter-attack.

"I won't say we were comfortable, because they were passing the ball well, but the game-plan was good. They had to shoot from distance.

"We defended well and showed that, when we could, we could attack well.

"It was about discipline and work-rate. We were well organised and needed to work hard and we did it."

FT: Huddersfield Town 1-3 Newcastle United

You can read more on Newcastle's victory, which took them five points clear at the top of the Championship, by clicking the link below.

Daryl Murphy and Matt Ritchie

Huddersfield Town 1-3 Newcastle United

Newcastle go five points clear at the top of the Championship with victory at third-placed Huddersfield.

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Magpies continue away run

FT: Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Newcastle really showed their resilience in the second half there, dealing with pretty much everything that was thrown at them by Huddersfield.

The penalty, for Jonjo Shelvey's challenge on Elias Kachunga, was their only blot in the second half.

Victory means the Magpies continue their astounding away record.

That's now 13 wins and two draws from 18 games on the road this season.

And it's back-to-back wins against their promotion rivals. First at Brighton in midweek, now Huddersfield this evening.

Rafael Benitez's side go to fifth-placed Reading on Tuesday. You wouldn't bet against them making it a hat-trick of victories.

'We were resolute'

FT: Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie told Sky Sports:

"We spoke in the week about being hard to beat.

"We were solid and resolute in the second half. It is brilliant to be involved in the title race as it is what we wanted at the start of the season.

"We are three points closer but we need to carry on doing what we are doing."

FT: Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

A massive win for Newcastle.

They are now five points clear at the top of the Championship.

And, crucially, 11 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield.

It's harsh on the Terriers, who played brilliantly and dominated the game.

FULL-TIME: Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Newcastle fans enjoyed that one and are in fine voice.

It's been a difficult second half for the Magpies fans, with their side on the back foot for most of it.

Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Dwight Gayle scores
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Newcastle seal the points and Dwight Gayle won't have an easier goal all season!

Huddersfield keeper Joel Coleman came up for that corner, and eventually got punished for it.

After heading back, he misjudges a punt upfield and gets it all wrong.

Gayle latches on to the loose ball and taps into an empty net.

That's his 21st of the season.

GOAL: Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle

Dwight Gayle

GREAT SAVE!

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Rajiv van La Parra picks up the ball on the left, drops the shoulder and strikes.

Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow parries it away.

Another strike comes in from Aaron Mooy and goes behind for a corner.

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

It's going to be a testy few minutes for Newcastle now.

Especially with big striker Collin Quaner thrown on by Huddersfield. There could be a fair few balls into the box before the final whistle goes.

The Terriers aren't going direct - yet.

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

In one of my favourite lesser-spotted things in football, the ball hits the corner flag and remains in play!

But a free-kick is given, as Aaron Mooy had fouled Dwight Gayle as the Newcastle striker tried to shield the ball out of play.

SUBSTITUTION

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Huddersfield force a corner and make their final change before taking it.

Big striker Collin Quaner comes on for defender Chris Lowe.

Reaction: 'Nothing wrong with our spirit'

Bristol City 0-0 Burton

Lloyd Dyer
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Bristol City missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed, while Lloyd Dyer missed from two yards for Burton in a goalless draw at Ashton Gate, a result which leave the Brewers three points above the bottom three.

Burton head coach Nigel Clough:

"Lloyd will have nightmares about that one. When the ball rolled across goal and past a post I could barely believe it. 

"We may not be as good as some of the other teams, but there is nothing wrong with our spirit. 

"The players put bodies on the line, which is the least we must do if we are to compete in the Championship. 

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Huddersfield forward Elias Kachunga bursts into the box.

Jonjo Shelvey is shepherding him but daren't touch him at the cost of another penalty.

Kachunga runs out of space and blasts into the sidenetting.

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Here's Aaron Mooy celebrating his penalty with Michael Hefele.

Huddersfield have eight minutes plus stoppage time to find a leveller.

It looks like it'll get nervy for the visiting fans.

Aaron Mooy penalty
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Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Newcastle break away and have a chance to take the sting out of the game.

Dwight Gayle can't get past two defenders but is then found by Matt Ritchie.

Gayle gets to the byline and then blasts across the face of goal from a nigh-impossible angle.

Rafael Benitez makes his final change, bringing on DeAndre Yedlin for Christian Atsu.

The Ghanaian took his time coming off.

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Huddesrfield are still dominating possession and looking for a way through the Newcastle defence.

The Magpies will have to keep their concentration, and try and take any chance they get on the break.

The home crowd at the John Smith's Stadium is urging on their team.

Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

The second period has largely taken place in the Newcastle half.

Huddersfield deserve a goal back, as they have been asking all the questions in the second half.

They have a quarter of an hour to get an equaliser.

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Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Midfielder Aaron Mooy sends Karl Darlow the wrong way from the spot, slotting in to the keeper's right.

It's very much game on now at the John Smith's Stadium.

Newcastle have brought on Yoan Gouffran for Jack Colback, who was on a booking.

GOAL: Huddersfield 1-2 Newcastle

Aaron Mooy pen

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Elias Kachunga goes down in the box under the challenge of Jonjo Shelvey - and referee Roger East points to the spot.

PENALTY TO HUDDERSFIELD

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle makes a crucial impact - but in his own box.

He manages to block an effort from Isaiah Brown inside the six yard box after a corner was swung in from the left.

Huddersfield are pushing here, but still having no joy.

Reaction: 'We just need little breaks'

FT: Reading 2-1 Wolves

Mike Williamson
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Wolves had centre-half Mike Williamson sent off as they slumped to their fifth successive defeat at Reading, with Paul Lambert's side now only one point above the relegation zone.

Wolves manager Paul Lambert told BBC WM:

"There was a few big decisions that never went our way, but I thought we played a good game.

"When you're down there and the little things go against you, you come through it.

"The lads know it, they know they're playing well enough to get out of it and it's not as if we look like a team that are struggling for form, we just need little breaks."

SUBSTITUTION

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Newcastle make their first change, with Dwight Gayle replacing Daryl Murphy up front.

Gayle has been out with a hamstring and is now two goals behind the Championship's top scorer Chris Wood, who has 22 goals.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield have brought on Jonathan Hogg for Philip Billing in midfield.

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Nahki Wells takes this one.

He swings it over the wall, but can't get it down quickly enough on the other side, and goes harmlessly over the Newcastle bar.

Huddersfield need to keep looking for a breakthrough and not get frustrated. There's plenty of time left.

YELLOW CARD

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey goes into the book for a sliding challenge on Isaiah Brown.

He wins the ball, but chops down the Huddersfield man with a scissors action.

It doesn't stop Shelvey from giving referee Roger East an earful.

This is in a good position for the Terriers to strike...

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Former Huddersfield keeper Matt Glennon on BBC Radio Leeds:

"Huddersfield are throwing everything at Newcastle but they need a bit of quality or luck to break down this Newcastle defence. There is still confidence in this Huddersfield side because they are still creating opportunities."

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

A great intervention at the back for Newcastle from Ciaran Clark.

Huddersfield ping the ball around but then, Clark touches away the crucial ball into the box.

The hosts have dominated possession since the break, but can't find a way back into the game as yet.

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing has another opening, as Nahki Well's header falls to him

However he miscues his attempted at a volley, and the ball bobbles wide of Karl Darlow's goal.

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Huddersfield have started the second half well in the search for a way back into the game.

So far the visitors are dealing with what is being thrown at them.

Moments ago Newcastle forced a corner and Daryl Murphy made a nuisance of himself before Joel Coleman gathered and cleared the danger.

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Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

Newcastle cut out a cross from the left from Rajiv van La Parra and the loose ball breaks to Philip Billing.

He goes for goal again from range, but is well off target with this effort.

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

BBC Radio Leeds reports that Terriers keeper Danny Ward suffered a thigh injury in the first half.

It may have been in that clash with Daryl Murphy for the second Newcastle goal.

As a result, Joel Coleman is making just his second league appearance of the season.

He conceded five in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester City in midweek.

YELLOW CARD

Huddersfield 0-2 Newcastle

And straight from the kick-off, Newcastle centre-back Ciaran Clark chops down Isaiah Brown 30 yards from goal and gets shown yellow.

The free-kick from Aaron Mooy is floated into the box but goes out for a corner.