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  1. Leeds 2-0 Brighton - Wood scores header and penalty
  2. Leaders Newcastle draw 0-0 at Birmingham
  3. Wolves win 3-1 at play-off chasing Fulham
  4. Brentford win 5-3 at Burton

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That's it from us today, on an eventful day at both ends of the Championship.

There's no action in the second tier for a couple of weeks because of the international break, but you can keep up to date with the latest news from the EFL, as well as reports from games in League One and League Two, on the BBC Sport website.

We'll resume our EFL live text coverage on Friday 31 March, when Derby host QPR.

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FT: Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Here's the story of our late game in the second tier, as Leeds kept alive their slim hopes of finishing in the Championship's top two...

Chris Wood

Leeds United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

A Chris Wood double gives Leeds United victory over fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton.

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A reminder that, earlier today, Championship leaders Newcastle drew 0-0 at Birmingham while there was an eight-goal thriller between Burton and Brentford.

Click here for all of today's EFL match reports.

We've set our standards high - Bridcutt

FT: Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Leeds goalscorer Chris Wood tells Sky Sports: "It was a game of minimal chances but Rob Green and the back line have been phenomenal. The management staff have been brilliant with me and that's why it's going so well."

Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt: "When we're not playing as well as we have, Chris has been brilliant. We dug in, fought for each other and came away with the win. We've set our standards high and we go into every game knowing we can win."

FT: Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Leeds are up to fourth with that win and eight points behind Brighton.

The Seagulls would have gone top with a win at Elland Road, but they remain a point behind leaders Newcastle and six clear of third-placed Huddersfield.

Reaction to come shortly.


Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Leeds 2-0 Brighton

We're into three minutes of added time and Brighton get a corner, which Glenn Murray heads wide from eight yards.

No miracle comeback here for Brighton, I'm afraid.

Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Pablo Hernandez gets a standing ovation from the Leeds supporters as he leaves the field, to be replaced by Eunan O'Kane.

Wood doubles Leeds' lead

Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Chris Wood confidently and powerfully converts the penalty which will surely wrap up the three points for Leeds.

They'll be going fourth, within eight points of Brighton in second, and Newcastle will be staying top.

Warne embarrassed by Rotherham defeat

FT: QPR 5-1 Rotherham

Interim Rotherham boss Paul Warne was embarrassed by his side's second-half capitulation as a 5-1 defeat at QPR left them all but relegated.

The Millers are now 24 points adrift of safety - the exact number left to play for - but a goal difference of -54 has realstically sealed their fate.  

"My overriding emotion is of embarrassment," Warne said. "I'm clapping our fans at the end and most of them were pretty courteous to me. If they were throwing stuff at me I'd understand why.

"I honestly believe we were the better side in the first half apart from the fact we gave away two howling goals. The second was an absolute calamity.

 "To then concede two, it's game over, and you can tell our lads are used to losing. I'm not saying they threw the towel in, because that's not what they did, but you could tell they just wanted the game to end after 65 minutes."

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GOAL - Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Chris Wood (pen)

Penalty to Leeds

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Fikayo Tomori on Souleymane Doukara. Clumsy. Naive. Penalty.

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Brighton substitute Solly March, who came on for Jiri Skalak about 10 minutes ago, is causing problems for Leeds.

Another teasing cross from the left is scrappily cleared by the home defence.

Leeds make their second change as Stuart Dallas replaces Hadi Sacko, while Oliver Norwood is being prepared by the Brighton bench.

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Robert Green comes to Leeds' rescue once more.

Glenn Murray is allowed far too much room in the box and he fires in a powerful half-volley from 15 yards, which Green is equal to.

Bluebirds won the battle - Warnock

FT: Cardiff City 3-1 Ipswich Town

Manager Neil Warnock said his Cardiff City side were good value for their 3-1 win over Ipswich Town.

Neil Warnock
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Warnock said: "If you had told me we would have had 51 points with eight games to go, I would have snapped your hand off.

"We were winning battles in every department, and the fans got behind us to create a brilliant atmosphere. We created a lot more today and I really enjoyed it."

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Sam Baldock
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It's been a quiet game by Sam Baldock's recent standards.

The Brighton striker had scored five goals in his previous eight games but there will be no goal for him in this one. He's replaced by Arsenal loanee Chuba Akpom.

Leeds make a change too - Alfonso Pedraza is off and on comes Souleymane Doukara.

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Two big chances in the space of a minute for Brighton to equalise.

Seconds after Anthony Knockaert had shot straight at Robert Green, Glenn Murray streaks away from the Leeds defence but puts his angled left-footed effort wide of the post.

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

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Chris Wood could end the season scoring against 22 of the other 23 Championship teams in the league this season.

QPR are the only side to have prevented the New Zealand international from finding the net in either of their fixtures against Leeds this term.

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Irvine upbeat about Norwich play-off bid

FT: Norwich City 2-0 Barnsley

Norwich caretaker manager Alan Irvine says his side can still challenge for the play-offs after the the 2-0 win over Barnsley put them within five points of the play-offs.

"I was asked to take charge for two games and I have done that," said Irvine, who has ruled himself out of the full-time role.

"If that is to be my last game in charge it was a good way to finish - and the win certainly makes it interesting as far as the play-offs are concerned.

"Any side who puts a run together now can quickly climb the table, whether it's at the top or the bottom, and I think this group of players has got the ability to do just that."

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Here's how the top six of the Championship will look if Leeds can hang on...

Championship table

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Brighton go close to an immediate equaliser, but Sam Baldock can't quite get on the end of Glenn Murray's flick-on.

Suddenly this game has sparked into life.

Wood heads Leeds in front

Leeds 1-0 Brighton

It hasn't been the best game, let's be honest, but Chris Wood has scored a quality header to put Leeds in front against promotion rivals Brighton.

A cross gets lofted in from the left and Wood generates all of the power himself to loop the ball back across David Stockdale into the far corner of the net.

It's Wood's 23rd league goal of the season. How crucial could that be?

Wolves performances being rewarded - Lambert

FT: Fulham 1-3 Wolves

Wolves boss Paul Lambert said his team's 3-1 win at play-off chasing Fulham was no surprise to him.

Wolves beat Brentford 2-1 in midweek and followed that up with another impressive display in London.

"On Tuesday, we were exceptional, but today surpassed it," Lambert said.

Wolves celebrate against Fulham
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"They are the best football team in the league the gameplan was incredible how it worked. We were a threat all game - we were really, really good.

"We were dominating games without winning, but we are back on track. All that was missing was the finishing. We had to keep doing the same thing. The performance levels were great."

GOAL - Leeds 1-0 Brighton

Chris Wood

Chris Wood
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Leeds 0-0 Brighton

Leeds should be in front.

Brighton fail to clear a cross and the ball lands at the feet of Chris Wood, who should bury the chance from 12 yards.

He doesn't.

David Stockdale makes a comfortable save and it remains goalless.

Leeds 0-0 Brighton

Yes! A shot on target!

We've only waited 55 minutes.

Brighton's Jiri Skalak tries his luck from 25 yards and Leeds goalkeeper Robert Green easily gathers low to his right.

Leeds 0-0 Brighton

The three strikers in action this evening - Chris Wood, Glenn Murray and Sam Baldock - have scored 51 Championship goals between them this season.

With firepower like that on show, you'd have expected at least one shot on target by either side by now.

But no. The second half is just as sedate as the first.

Bruce hails 'terrific' Villa fans

FT: Wigan 0-2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce said the away support his side got against Wigan played a huge part in their 2-0 victory.

"The supporters have got us that result; they were truly terrific," Bruce said.

Steve Bruce
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"To see them come in their numbers on a horrible afternoon is testament to them.

"We stuck at it on an awful afternoon on a difficult pitch and had a little bit of quality. If we are honest, we have to be a little bit better than that, but we showed resilience."


Leeds 0-0 Brighton

No half-time substitutions. We're under way again.

HT: Leeds 0-0 Brighton

Surely it can only get better in the second half? We're about to get going again at Elland Road.

FT: Fulham 1-3 Wolves

Fulham missed the chance to move into the top six as Wolves cruised to a third successive Championship win...

Dave Edwards

Fulham 1-3 Wolves

Dave Edwards' 10th goal of the season helps Wolves beat Fulham to move five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

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FT: Birmingham 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle, who started the day top of the Championship, were held by Birmingham...

Matt Ritchie

Birmingham City 0-0 Newcastle United

Newcastle move a point clear at the top of the Championship despite being held to a goalless draw at Birmingham City.

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Clough stunned by second-half capitulation

FT: Burton Albion 3-5 Brentford

Burton v Brentford scoreboard
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Burton Albion manager  Nigel Clough  was bewildered by his side's defending in the astonishing 5-3 home defeat by Brentford.

Clough's Brewers led 3-1 at the interval.

"You don't see that sort of thing coming at half-time," Clough told BBC Radio Derby. "We didn't do enough to combat Brentford's strength, which is attacking.

"Whether the players thought it was over at half-time I don't know. It's difficult to explain. But it wasn't just the defence, it was all over the pitch.

"Players will realise that in the second half that they didn't do their jobs. I hope the players have a miserable couple of weeks thinking about that. I hope they react in the right way as they have done in the majority of the season."

FT: Burton 3-5 Brentford

Brentford had the better of an eight-goal thriller at Burton...

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Burton Albion 3-5 Brentford

Brentford come from 3-1 behind to stage a remarkable second-half comeback and beat struggling Burton Albion.

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While the players take a breather at Elland Road, let's take a look at some of the results from earlier today in the Championship...


Leeds 0-0 Brighton

Only one save of note, and that was Leeds goalkeeper Robert Green preventing Liam Cooper scoring an own goal.

Other than that, it's been a forgettable first period.

Leeds v Brighton

Leeds 0-0 Brighton

Some pinball in the Leeds area leads to a Brighton corner, which is easily dealt with by the home side.

Brighton will have another chance to score before the break though - Ronaldo Vieira gives away a free-kick 30 yards out...

Tamely into the wall from Jiri Skalak.

Blow the whistle, ref. Let's start again in a bit.

Benitez given the Blues by keeper Kuszczak

FT: Newcastle United 0-0 Birmingham City

Newcastle manager  Rafael Benitez  said the combination of an inspired performance by Birmingham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak (pictured) and a refereeing mistake denied his side victory against Birmingham City.  

Tomasz Kuszczak saves from Matt Ritchie
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The Magpies were held 0-0, with Benitez left to rue a disallowed "offside" goal by Matt Ritchie.

"We have seen the replay and have seen that is legal," Benitez told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"It was game we needed to control. But their keeper was man of the match. In the end, you never know if this point will be enough.

"We created the chances we wanted but the keeper made the difference." 

Leeds 0-0 Brighton

Brighton left-back Liam Rosenior is booked for a challenge on Hadi Sacko, who limps away from the scene of the crime.

Kyle Bartley heads on target from the free-kick but the referee had already blown up for a foul.

Leeds 0-0 Brighton

After a tepid start, Garry Monk's Leeds have been much brighter in the last 10 minutes or so.

But you switch off for one moment and Brighton can punish you, as was so nearly proved when Liam Cooper almost put through his own net.

Garry Monk