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Summary

  1. Magpies top as Matt Ritchie's goal beats Burton
  2. Ritchie's earlier penalty controversially disallowed
  3. Huddersfield beat Norwich 3-0 to go third
  4. Sheffield United win in League One but must wait for promotion

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By Matt Newsum and Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

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It's all over at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United have beaten Coventry, so we shall bid you farewell for the evening.

Newcastle went top of the Championship, Huddersfield kept the automatic promotion race alive and Sheffield United were made to wait to secure their spot in the second tier.

And there was plenty to talk about along the way!

Thanks for joining us. Our next EFL live text commentary is on Friday, when Brighton travel to QPR. Hope you can join us then.

How it stands

Championship

League Table
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The only movement in the Championship comes in the top four, where there's been a little bit of leapfrogging.

Newcastle clamber above Brighton at the very top by a point, and their goal difference looks healthy too as it rises to plus-40.

Huddersfield too get the jump on Reading, with a game in hand, as they sit nine points behind second-placed Brighton in the race for an automatic promotion place.

Sheffield United 2-0 Coventry

Sheffield United are close to victory over Coventry - they're into four minutes of added time at Bramall Lane.

Fleetwood's win at Oxford this evening means the Blades still need three more points to be sure of promotion from League One.

They could get those on Saturday. Where are they? Northampton. Who are, of course, Chris Wilder's former club.

That could be an interesting afternoon.

FULL-TIME

Newcastle 1-0 Burton

Matt Ritchie's goal settles this game for Newcastle against a spirited Burton, but much of the post-match talk will be centered around a disallowed penalty in the first half.

It was a flat encounter up to the point where Ritchie had slotted his kick beyond Burton goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin - but a blast of the whistle by referee Keith Stroud brought any joy to an abrupt end. The "goal" was disallowed and a free-kick awarded to Burton, much to the anger of the crowd.

Rafael Benitez's side eventually responded in the right way, with a goal of quality from Ritchie who cut in from the left and curled a beauty beyond McLaughlin to give Newcastle all three points and top spot in the table.

Burton offered their best, but never truly threatened. Newcastle weren't at their best either, but their promotion bid rumbles on.

Sheffield United 2-0 Coventry

Sheffield United have doubled their lead against Coventry through John Fleck, but Fleetwood's win at Oxford means they're going to have to wait to secure promotion from League One.

FULL-TIME

Huddersfield 3-0 Norwich

Huddersfield are back up to third in the Championship with a convincing win over Norwich.

GOAL - Sheffield United 1-0 Coventry City

Leon Clarke (70 mins)

Promotion may not come tonight, but Sheffield United may have a win to celebrate!

Leon Clarke scores against his old club to move the league leaders closer to the Championship and send bottom side Coventry closer to the drop.

Fleetwood extend lead at Oxford

Oxford 1-3 Fleetwood

Surely game over at the Kassam Stadium, where David Ball has given Fleetwood a 3-1 lead at Oxford.

Stand down, Sheffield United. Maybe at the weekend, but sadly you'll have to wait until the weekend at least for your celebrations to begin.

Fleetwood celebrate
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Newcastle 1-0 Burton

Lucas Akins has come off and Lloyd Dyer has come on for Burton. Nigel Clough's substitutes combined to give him a 96th-minute winner at Huddersfield on Saturday... can he work the magic again?

They'll need two to overhaul Newcastle, who look comfortable with 10 minutes or so to go.

Matt Ritchie
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Champers on ice for Blades

Oxford 1-2 Fleetwood

Ashley Eastham's header has put Fleetwood back in front against Oxford and, for the moment, stalled the Sheffield United promotion party.

It was a booming header from Eastham. Sheffield United, by the way, are drawing 0-0 with Coventry but kicked off 15 minutes later than the rest because of crowd congestion.

Huddersfield 3-0 Norwich

Huddersfield, and Nahki Wells in particular, are in the mood now. The striker hits the post with a shot on the turn.

It's a case of "how many?" now for the hosts.

Newcastle 1-0 Burton

As it stands then, Newcastle United are heading back to the top of the Championship, moving a point clear of Brighton.

Burton have two players down after a head knock, so there is a stoppage in play.

Ritchie scores... this time!

Newcastle 1-0 Burton

Well there was no doubt about Matt Ritchie's thumping effort for Newcastle that has put them in front against Burton.

He picked up a pass from Jonjo Shelvey out on the left wing, cut inside across the box before unloading a curling drive from 20 yards beyond the outstretched arms of Jon McLaughlin to finally break the deadlock.

Ritchie of course had a penalty disallowed earlier in the game, rather mystifyingly. That goal could be crucial.

Three in seven minutes for Huddersfield

Huddersfield 3-0 Norwich

Huddersfield are running riot now and Norwich have no answer!

Nahki Wells fires in a low, left-footed shot underneath Michael McGovern for the Terriers' third, and David Wagner's side are heading back up to third in the Championship.

GOAL - Huddersfield 3-0 Norwich

Nahki Wells (73 mins)

Nahki Wells
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GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 Burton

Matt Ritchie (67 mins)

Matt Ritchie
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Mooy doubles Huddersfield's lead

Huddersfield 2-0 Norwich

Game over?

Nahki Wells flicks a pass into the path of Aaron Mooy and the Australian midfielder fires a shot low past Michael McGovern at his near post.

Two goals in four minutes for Huddersfield, who are well in control now.

GOAL - Huddersfield 2-0 Norwich

Aaron Mooy (70 mins)

Aaron Mooy
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Kachunga puts Huddersfield ahead

Huddersfield 1-0 Norwich

Potentially a big, big moment towards the top of the Championship as Elias Kachunga puts Huddersfield in front against Norwich.

The front man chases a long ball and, as a Norwich defender dallies, Kachunga nips in to finish first time past Michael McGovern.

GOAL - Huddersfield 1-0 Norwich

Elias Kachunga (66 mins)

Elias Kachunga
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CLOSE!

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Ayoze Perez had a chance for Newcastle then, slamming his effort wide after he was played through on goal. Burton spared again, Newcastle experiencing a raft of emotions from anger to frustration.

Luck just not falling for the home side at the moment. Matt Ritchie the latest to be denied by Jon McLaughlin.

Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

Norwich have been camped in Huddersfield's half for a good two or three minutes but their only chance in that time was a shot ballooned over the bar by Yanic Wildschut.

Still no goals in the Championship this evening.

Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

Nahki Wells forces Norwich goalkeeper Michael McGovern into another save, this time from a stinging, swerving 25-yard shot.

Just when you thought the game might be petering out, it sparks into life.

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Defender Jamaal Lascelles receives a yellow card for a challenge on Luke Varney. Newcastle seem rattled and perhaps a little too fired up by their perceived 'injustice'.

Then referee Keith Stroud accidentally blocked off Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in a promising position, which doesn't help in terms of the feelings towards him from the home crowd.

Brighter from Newcastle, Burton sharp defensively at the moment.

Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

A big chance missed by Huddersfield in the early stages of the second half against Norwich.

Aaron Mooy's pass to Nahki Wells sends the striker clean through but Michael McGovern stands up strong to make a save.

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KICK-OFF

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Back under way at St James' Park just as well. Think there might be a few proverbial fireworks...

KICK-OFF

Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

Huddersfield v Norwich
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They're back under way in Yorkshire, where Huddersfield are hoping to close the gap on the Championship's top two.

Meanwhile, it's half-time in League One and Sheffield United are goalless against Coventry.

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Steve Dav-e: Defo a retake, unless it's missed then indirect free-kick to the defending team.

Ed White: Fifa rules are clear, for encroachment by taking team a "goal" results in retake.

Simon Orton: What is the shambles with the penalty @ SJP?

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Penalty controversy at Newcastle

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Maybe this was why the Newcastle penalty was ruled out? The debate will go on and on...

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Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Nigel Clough
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You probably won't hear many complaints with the decision to disallow Matt Ritchie's penalty from the Burton half of the field, as it leaves the two teams level at the break.

Take nothing away from Burton's performance in that first half - they have restricted Newcastle to a handful of chances and raised the pulse a couple of times with raids of their own.

You'd imagine they'll take a 0-0 at this stage. That said, it might be a fired-up Magpies that come out for the second half and they can expect a barrage.

Sheffield United 0-0 Coventry

Still no breakthrough for Sheffield United against lowly Coventry in League One.

Remember, they need a win and Fleetwood to lose to guarantee promotion to the Championship.

Kick-off was delayed because of crowd congestion, so they've got about five minutes of the first half to play at Bramall Lane.

HALF-TIME

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

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The whistle goes to a chorus of boos, after Newcastle and Burton head for the dressing rooms after a 'goalless' first half.

I say goalless, as Matt Ritchie's 'goal' from the penalty spot was chalked off by Keith Stroud and a free-kick given to Burton after Newcastle looked to have gone ahead. Cue five minutes of squabble and general confusion around St James' Park. But the decision stood.

It sparked the game into life, after a very flat first period before that. This will be an interesting second half to come.

HALF-TIME

Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

Half-time at Huddersfield and it's goalless.

Pretty sure that Brighton and Newcastle will be happy if the scoreline stays like that at the end of the game, although they'll be keen for Norwich to do them both a favour against one of their rivals for automatic promotion.

Goal or no goal?

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Matt Ritchie penalty
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Well it's clear that Dwight Gayle is in the box as Matt Ritchie takes the penalty... but whether that should be disallowed I don't know!?

Fifa's laws appear to suggest that a retake should have been given. As do the Football Association's guidelines.

Heading towards half-time in our two Championship games. No goals, but plenty of incident.

Sheffield United 0-0 Coventry

We've mentioned how important this evening's League One game could be for Sheffield United, and Coventry need the points just as much.

The Sky Blues, fresh from Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy final win at Wembley, need something approaching a miracle to avoid relegation from the third tier.

Taking something against the league leaders will be a start.

Sheff Utd v Coventry
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CLOSE!

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

The penalty controversy has lit the touchpaper... the crowd has woken up, largely to bait Keith Stroud.

Newcastle's first move on the back of that decision was to pour forward, and striker Dwight Gayle was well denied by Jon McLaughlin in the Burton box.

Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

It's much more sedate at Huddersfield, where the hosts are creating chances against Norwich but haven't found a way past Michael McGovern yet.

Elias Kachunga is the latest to try his luck but his effort is easily saved.

Chaos!

Newcastle 0-0 Burton

Right, how do I explain this?

Newcastle United won a penalty, which was scored by Matt Ritchie. Nothing difficult there.

But, alas, Keith Stroud disallowed it. Then awarded Burton the free-kick, for what appears to be encroachment.

It is chaos on the field. Both coaching teams and sets of players in intense dialogue. We'll restart with a Burton free-kick on the edge of the box?! Perplexing.