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  1. Teenager Ryan Sessegnon scores twice as Fulham win 3-1 at Newcastle
  2. Ten-man Norwich come back to draw 2-2 with Blackburn
  3. Bristol City out of drop zone with late winner at Wigan
  4. Bolton beat fellow League One promotion-chasers Fleetwood
  5. Josh Wright scores hat-trick of penalties as Gillingham beat Scunthorpe

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By Matt Newsum and Owen Phillips

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Ryan Sessegnon goal celebration
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Before the games today, we asked whether the battle at the bottom of the table was as good as the one for promotion at the top end.

I'm no clearer to answering that question definitively.

However, what I do know is that the EFL, and the Championship in particular, is as exciting as any league in Europe.

We saw a shock at St James', drama in Cardiff and particularly at Wigan, and quality at Deepdale to name but four games.

It's been another fine weekend of football. Thank you for joining us, and we'll be back on Tuesday with coverage of Brentford-Wolves and Fulham-Blackburn.

Until then, good night!

Good day for the hopefuls

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Fulham and Preston did their hopes of making the play-off a world of good with convincing victories against teams in the upper reaches.

The former were excellent at St James' Park in beating Newcastle 3-1, while Preston shredded Reading 3-0 at Deepdale thanks to a Tom Barkhuizen masterclass.

Tim Ream's missed spot kick for Fulham (see below) could have given them even stronger goal difference, something that could prove pivotal come May.

Race for the play-offs
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We've had some reaction to Tim Ream's decision to take Fulham's penalty at St James' Park, denying 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon a hat-trick. Ream missed with his side 3-1 up...

Richard Brown: Disgusting attitude from the Fulham defender in not giving Sessengon a chance of a hat-trick. Hope he is disciplined.

Simon Atkins: What is wrong with Tim Ream? 16-year-old team-mate has a shot at a hat-trick away at St James' Park, and he steals it??

Missed opportunity for Magpies

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Newcastle United, beaten at home for the fifth time this season, miss the chance to pull clear of Brighton & Hove Albion after today's loss to Fulham.

Huddersfield edge clear of the chasing pack in third with their 1-0 win at Brentford, while Leeds United, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday all failed to win to lose ground.

Top of the Championship
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All change down the bottom

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Wins for Wolves and Bristol City ease their troubles somewhat - although only goal difference keeps the latter out the bottom three after Blackburn drew with Norwich.

Forest sit precariously after Burton won the East Midlands derby.

Rotherham look doomed, with their goal difference stretching out to minus-50 in their loss at Molineux.

Battle to beat the drop
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As you were at the top

League Two round-up

It was business as usual for the top three in League Two, with leaders Doncaster, Plymouth and third-placed Portsmouth all winning without conceding a goal.

Rovers saw off Cheltenham 2-0, Argyle beat play-off chasing Mansfield by the same scoreline, while Pompey smashed Colchester 4-0.

The chasers did not so fare so well, Luton losing to Stevenage with defeats for Carlisle and Exeter too.

Mike Flynn
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At the other end of the table Newport came from behind to beat Crewe and give Mike Flynn victory in his first game in charge - just their sixth in the league all season. But the Welsh side are still bottom and nine points from safety. 

There was also a vital victory for Notts County, who beat fellow strugglers Hartlepool.

Josh Wright, Wright, Wright

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No doubt about the comeback of the day in League One.

Gillingham trailed Scunthorpe 2-0 with less than 15 minutes remaining. Nine minutes - and three converted penalties from Josh Wright later - and the Gills have a 3-2 win in the bag. The Kent side only had three shots on target.

Josh Wright
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The big promotion game saw Fleetwood brushed aside 4-2 by an Adam Le Fondre-inspired Bolton, who go up to third.

Bradford continue their promotion push with a 2-0 victory over Coventry and their new manager Mark Robins.

Elsewhere there were important wins for Bristol Rovers and Oxford, while the basement battle between Port Vale and Swindon saw Vale edge a five-goal thriller.

Robins delight

FT: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Bristol City

Bristol City celebate
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This was the moment Bristol City celebrated a vital win at Wigan, that with Blackburn's draw at Norwich hoists them out of the bottom three. Aden Flint is in there being mobbed for his late goal.

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  • Cauley Woodrow's free-kick earns Burton an east midlands derby win against Nottingham Forest.
  • Jonathan Kodjia kept up his fine scoring form - up to 15 for the season - with two goals for Aston Villa, who beat a Sheffield Wednesday down to 10 men and with manager Carlos Carvahal sent to the stands.
  • Huddersfield keep up their push for the play-offs, beating Brentford thanks to Rajiv van la Parra's goal.
  • Preston turned in one of the performances of the day to shock play-off battlers Reading 3-0 at Deepdale. Tom Barkhuizen's double and Daryl Horgan's effort sealed the win.
  • Wolves' Andi Weimann came up with the crucial goal to see off brave bottom side Rotherham in a 1-0 win.
  • Bristol City pushed Wigan further into the mire while boosting their survival hopes thanks to Aden Flint's late winner.
  • Tom Lawrence rescued a point for Ipswich at Barnsley, while Lukas Jutkiewicz did likewise for Birmingham at Cardiff.
  • Leeds and QPR played out the division's only goalless draw. Boo!


Norwich City 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Norwich caretaker boss Alan Irvine begins his spell in charge with a point, although their winless run now extends to six games.

Cameron Jerome scored either side of Lucas Joao's double to deny Blackburn three points they need to pull away from the Championship danger zone.

Brave effort from the home side amid supporter dissent and playing most of the game with 10 men after Mitchell Dijks' red card.


Newcastle 1-3 Fulham

Newcastle v Fulham
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Ryan Sessegnon's double and a belter from Tom Cairney enough to keep Fulham's play-off bid well and truly alive.

Daryl Murphy's consolation late on had little impact on the flow of the game, and it might have been worse for Newcastle had Tim Reem not missed a late spot-kick.

Top two battle remains wide open after Brighton's win against Derby last night.

Barnsley 1-1 Ipswich Town

Tom Lawrence is the Ipswich Town hero as he stubs home a Brett Pitman pass at the back-post to surely give Ipswich a precious point at Oakwell.

Full-time - points shared!

GOAL Barnsley 1-1 Ipswich Town

Tom Lawrence


Wigan Athletic 0-1 Bristol City

Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham City

Equaliser from Lukas Jutkiewicz  for Birmingham, turning in Che Adams' cross at the second attempt after his header was saved.

Points to be shared in South Wales.


Wigan Ath 0-1 Bristol City


Newcastle 1-3 Fulham

Paul Dummett brought down Ryan Sessegnon to bring up the chance of a hat-trick for 16-year old Ryan Sessegnon.

No sentiment from American defender Tim Ream who took the kick instead, but missed!

GOAL Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Wright spot on for Gills

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Scunthorpe were set to go second in League One. But three, yes three, penalties by Josh Wright in eight minutes and a two-goal lead has been well and truly blown.

Gillingham are now 3-2 ahead. Josh Wright is a former Scunthorpe player too.

Josh Wright
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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Bristol City

What a big goal that could be for Bristol City!

Only three minutes are on the clock as Aden Flint bundles in from close range after Wigan fail to clear a corner.

Goals recap

Blackburn celebrate
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Blackburn (pictured above) barely had time to enjoy Lucas Joao's second goal before they conceded themselves.

Josh Murphy again the architect for the Canaries, and Cameron Jerome again the man with the finishing touch. 2-2.

Another player enjoying himself in front of goal this afternoon is Jonathan Kodjia , whose second for Aston Villa  has put them 2-0 up. He's scored 40 percent of Villa's 37 goals this season.

GOAL Wigan Ath 0-1 Bristol City

Aden Flint

GOAL Norwich City 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Cameron Jerome

Just like busses...

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Adam Le Fondre has scored some great goals over the years, but had managed just one all season.

Adam Le Fondre
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He now has two in one game, heading in to put Bolton 4-1 up against Fleetwood. A big game at the top of League One that was meant to be tense and tight has a very emphatic scoreline.

Scunthorpe look set to take advantage. They are 2-1 up against Gillingham and will go above the Cod Army on goal difference.

GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Jonathan Kodjia

Norwich City 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Lucas Joao  has been an inspired substitution, clambering off the bench to score twice to turn this game around for Blackburn Rovers.

He was lurking at the back-post to steer in Danny Graham's cross with his head, to leave 10-man Norwich staring at a sixth straight loss.

Rovers meanwhile are on course for a third win in five. Game-changer by Tony Mowbray.

GOAL Norwich City 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Lucas Joao

Goals recap

Blackburn level against Alan Irvine's Norwich City when Lucas Joao bundles in after Conor Mahoney's effort was blocked. First goal for Rovers and it would deny Irvine a win in his first game in charge and fail to end a five game winless run.

Daryl Murphy has become a bit of a useful player for Newcastle,  coming off the bench to score here. Still well behind.

Sonny times for Argyle

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Sonny Bradley's downward header from a free-kick and a Graham Carey effort has put Plymouth on top against Mansfield with 15 minutes left. 

Also in in Nottinghamshire, Jorge Grant has smacked a beauty into the top corner to double Notts County's advantage against Hartlepool in their relegation tussle.

Two quick goals have put Cambridge 2-0 ahead against Carlisle at Brunton Park, while Pompey are cruising to victory at Colchester, They lead 4-0.

GOAL Newcastle 1-3 Fulham

Daryl Murphy

GOAL Norwich City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Lucas Joao

Wigan Athletic 0-0 Bristol City

There have only been five shots on target between Wigan and Bristol City in this game, which is a clear indicator as to why it's still 0-0.

Lee Tomlin has the quality in his boots to turn things for the visitors, but he's well marshalled here by the experienced Stephen Warnock.

Lee Tomlin
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Barnsley 1-0 Ipswich Town

Marley Watkins might sound like something out of a Dickens novel but he's popped up with a storybook goal for Barnsley against Ipswich.

Matty James was the supplier, sliding a pass through for Watkins' eighth goal of the season.

Smart finish. His name is sung to the tune of Human League's 'Don't You Want Me' as well. Nice South Yorkshire musical reference too.

Grey skies for the Sky Blues

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New manager, same old story for Coventry.

Two goals in five minutes and Mark Robins sees his Sky Blues go 2-0 down at home against promotion-chasing Bradford.

Mark Robins
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The Bantams look set to move two points off second place in League One this evening as Bolton are still 3-1 ahead against Fleetwood.  

Port Vale are still deep in relegation trouble but they are 2-1 up against Swindon and would go ahead of the Robins if they see out a victory.  


Newcastle 0-3 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon's goals have taken this game well away from Newcastle, who were unbeaten in 11 league games before today.

His last league goal came at home to Burton Albion in September. He will be enjoying the memories of today for a long time.

Ryan Sessegnon scores his first
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Newcastle 0-3 Fulham

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Former Queens Park Rangers manager on Final Score

The Championship is so hard to predict at the moment. Fulham have been playing brilliant football but Newcastle have not been playing that great at home - Fulham have capitalised on that today. 

They are the team to beat at the moment. 

Newcastle 0-3 Fulham

Rafael Benitez
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I don't think even Rafael Benitez's tactical acumen can turn this kind of deficit as a flying Fulham go three-up at St James' Park.

Ryan Sessegnon fired in off goalkeeper Karl Darlow to score his sixth goal of the season, after smart work by Sone Aluko.

Sessegnon, 16, was nine the last time Fulham won at Newcastle in 2009.

GOAL Barnsley 1-0 Ipswich

Marley Watkins

GOAL Newcastle 0-3 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon

Goals, goals, goals...

Fulham's second at Newcastle United is a big goal as it bolsters their own play-off hopes and in turn tempers the celebrations on Rafael Benitez's first year in charge.

Ryan Sessegnon got it after Fulham press and he turned the ball into the bottom corner.

Tom Barkhuizen has his second, his fourth in three games and Preston North End's third against Reading . Crashed in from a knock-back past Ali Al-Habsi. Flying!

Joe Ralls' penalty put Cardiff in front against Birmingham, after Sean Morrison had been brought down in the box by Ryan Shotton.

Phew! All caught up, for now...