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  1. Burton climb off bottom of Championship with win at Barnsley
  2. Jose Morais off to losing start as Tykes boss
  3. Bolton beat Sunderland thanks to Clough goal
  4. Black Cats fall to bottom of second tier
  5. Brentford thump Birmingham 5-0
  6. Forest 1-1 Reading; Villa 1-1 Preston
  7. Wins for Sheff Utd, Millwall & Middlesbrough

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By Josh Hunt, Rob Stevens and Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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We're done here for the night, but that's not the end of the mid-week Championship action.

We'll be back tomorrow evening with four more games from the second tier, plus occasional updates from the relegation battle between Rochdale and MK Dons in League One.

The highlight of the action looks like being the battle for the play-off places between Bristol City and Fulham at Ashton Gate, but all four games could have a big impact on the top six spots come the end of the season.

Until then, thanks for joining us and goodbye.

Wednesday's Championship fixtures (all 19:45 GMT):

  • Bristol City v Fulham
  • Derby v Leeds
  • Ipswich v Cardiff
  • Wolves v Norwich

Play-off gap closing up

Not a great deal of movement at the very top of the table, as Aston Villa missed the chance to go second by drawing at home to Preston,

However - after Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Brentford boosted their play-off hopes - who is going to sneak into the Championship's top six at the end of the season?

Your guess is as good as mine. Just three points separate Bristol City in sixth from the 10th-placed Bees, who put five past Birmingham this evening.


Relegation battle heats up

Here's how the bottom of the Championship table looks after tonight's fixtures.

Bolton Wanderers are the big winners, moving four points clear of the relegation zone, while Burton boosted their survival hopes with victory at Barnsley.

Birmingham, Hull and Sunderland all lost, and Chris Coleman's Black Cats slip to the foot of the table.

Reading have also been dragged back into the thick of the dogfight - the Royals are level on points with Bolton following a draw at Nottingham Forest.

Bottom of Championship

League One & League Two full-time scores

Despite only five fixtures being played, it's been an exciting night in League One and League Two tonight.

  • Shrewsbury missed the chance to go back to the top of League One, drawing 1-1 at home to Gillingham.
  • Fleetwood began life after Uwe Rosler with a 2-1 defeat at home to Portsmouth.
  • In League Two, Cambridge United dented Notts County's push for automatic promotion with a 1-0 win.
  • Crewe scored the opening goal in the 88th minute of their game against Exeter, but the visitors scored twice in injury-time to win 2-1 and move into the play-off places.
  • Bottom club Barnet missed a penalty before conceding three times in the final 30 minutes to lose 3-1 against Carlisle.


Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

A massive three points for Bolton, and they have keeper Ben Alnwick and their defence to thank for standing firm under pressure.

Bolton move four points away from the relegation zone but Sunderland drop to the bottom of the table.

How does Chris Coleman turn things around?

Chris Coleman
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Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Bolton forward Sammy Ameobi is booked for time-wasting.

Not long left now....


Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Is that the moment for Sunderland?

Wanderers keeper Ben Alnwick tips over a driven effort from Callum McManaman from inside the area.

Can the hosts hang on for a massive three points?


Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Millwall survive 13 minutes of second-half injury time to make it seven games unbeaten in the Championship.

Wednesday now have one win in their last nine in the league.

Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Bolton Sunderland
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Into six minutes of injury time at the Macron Stadium.

Can Sunderland find a late equaliser?

Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Still they play at The Den, but not long to go now...


Aston Villa 1-1 Preston

Aston Villa miss out on the chance to move back into the automatic promotion places as they share the points with play-off hopefuls Preston.

Villa v Preston
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Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland still pressing for an equaliser in our one game to kick off at 20:00 GMT.

Ashley Fletcher sends a header off target after David Wheater and Mark Beevers made clearances from crosses.


Middlesbrough 3-1 Hull

A comfortable victory for Boro thanks to Rudy Gestede's brace and a goal from Patrick Bamford.

Hull remain in relegation trouble.


Barnsley 1-2 Burton

Barnsley have the ball in the net just before the full-time whistle goes, but up goes the assistant's flag for offside.

It's a heartbreaking defeat for Jose Morais in his first game as Tykes boss, but a huge three points for Burton in the fight to avoid relegation.


Nottingham Forest 1-1 Reading

Lee Tomlin equaliser
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Nottingham Forest can't score again in the closing stages, as they are forced to settle for a point against a battling Reading side.


Brentford 5-0 Birmingham

Brentford cap off an excellent display to move three points off the play-offs.

Birmingham suffer a third successive defeat and remain in trouble.

Ollie Watkins
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Sheffield United 2-1 QPR

Sheffield United hold on for the three points after a nervy second half.

They're back up to seventh unless Preston find a late winner at Villa Park.


Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Wanderers almost wrap up the points, but are denied twice in the space of a few seconds.

First Adam Le Fondre has a header from close range saved by Lee Camp, before Jem Karacan sees his effort come back off the bar.

Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls almost get a leveller, but Lucas Joao's header just drops wide of goal.

Still plenty of time left in south east London with 13 minutes of injury-time.

Middlesbrough 3-1 Hull

Middlesbrough almost add a fourth through Adama Traore but his stinging effort is saved.

Just a couple of minutes left of added time at the Riverside.

13 minutes of added time

Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

The fourth official has put the board up for injury time at The Den.

There will be 13 minutes because of that injury to Jordan Thorniley after Millwall's second goal.

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Barnsley 1-2 Burton

So close to the equaliser!

Daniel Pinillos is inches away from doubling his tally for the night, his shot curling agonisingly wide of the Burton goal.

Sheffield United 2-1 QPR

Sheff Utd v QPR
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Five minutes of added time at Bramall Lane.

Time for some late drama?

Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Sammy Ameobi has just had a shot that has gone narrowly wide of the Sunderland goal.

Wanderers are coming back in it after soaking up a lot of pressure from the visitors.

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GOAL: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Reading

Lee Tomlin (85 mins)

The long wait for a Nottingham Forest goal is over!

The Reds have their first Championship goal since 20 January, Lee Tomlin slotting past Vito Mannone from inside the box.

Can Aitor Karanka's side steal victory from the jaws of defeat in the final five minutes or so of this game?

Aston Villa 1-1 Preston

It could go either way at Villa Park.

Preston's Paul Huntington plants another header straight into the arms of Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who has been peppered with shots tonight.

Villa are seeing ever more of the ball though, and Scott Hogan works himself half a chance, heading Birkir Bjarnason's cross wide of goal.

GOAL: Brentford 5-0 Birmingham

Ollie Watkins (81 mins)

It's 5 for Brentford!

Ollie Watkins, without a goal in 12 games before this evening, gets his second of the night.

The winger finds Florian Jozefzoon on the right of the area and the Dutchman send the ball back in for an unmarked Watkins to send home with a stooping header from six yards out.

It's been a poor evening for the Blues.

Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

The Black Cats are still pushing at the Macron Stadium.

Aiden McGeady has sent a free-kick into the Bolton wall from the edge of the area.

Can Chris Coleman's men find a breakthrough?

Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday come close to an equaliser.

George Boyd stabs the ball across goal but Jack Stobbs sends his volley wide.

There will be a fair chunk of time added on at The Den because of that injury to Jordan Thorniley earlier.

Nottingham Forest 0-1 Reading

It's looking increasingly like Nottingham Forest's month-long wait for a Championship goal will continue.

The Reds have had twice as many shots as Reading, but they still trail to Omar Richards' first-half goal.

Jaap Stam's Royals aren't exactly parking the bus though, with the game a little more stretched than the Dutchman would probably like it to be as they enter the closing stages.

Middlesbrough 3-1 Hull

Victory for Middlesbrough here will put them two points off the play-offs.

Hull need a couple of goals in 10 minutes to salvage something. Unlikely.

Rudy Gestede goal
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Sheffield United 2-1 QPR

10 or so minutes to go at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United would be back up to seventh if they hold on and a point behind Bristol City.

Brentford 4-0 Birmingham

Brentford come close to a fifth, but David Stockdale palms an effort from Ollie Watkins away before Cohen Bramall puts the rebound away for a corner.

Yoann Barbet then has two efforts blocked before Alan Judge fires over from 15 yards.

GOAL: Barnsley 1-2 Burton

Daniel Pinillos (75 mins)

It's no more than Barnsley deserve for a much-improved showing in the second half.

Daniel Pinillos bags his first goal since signing from Cordoba in January, his shot taking a deflection off a Burton defender and nestling into the corner.

The Brewers have 15 minutes left to cling on to their slender lead.

Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Owls winger Adam Reach bursts into the box and goes down... but gets shown a yellow card for simulation.

Barnsley 0-2 Burton

Barnsley will be kicking themselves if they don't rescue at least a point tonight.

Matt Mills squanders yet another huge chance for the hosts, heading over from two yards out after Oli McBurnie had nodded the ball onto the bar.

The Tykes were awful in the first half, but they have had more than enough opportunities since the break.

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Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Play has been halted at The Den for a few minutes as Owls defender Jordan Thorniley gets some treatment for an injury picked up in the build-up to Millwall's goal.

He is eventually stretchered off and replaced by Lucas Joao.

Bolton 1-0 Sunderland

Bolton forward Aaron Wilbraham has claims for a penalty waved away after he went down in the box.