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Summary

  1. Watford win 2-0 at Wigan to go top on goal difference
  2. Middlesbrough also on 72 points after win at Derby
  3. Norwich clinch dramatic draw at Huddersfield
  4. Play-off chasing Brentford, Ipswich and Wolves all win

Live Reporting

By Steve Marshall, Phil Shepka, Jay Freeman and Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's just about it for this evening.

    There was drama in Monaco, where Arsenal came so close to overturning their first-leg Champions League deficit.

    And there was plenty of drama in the Football League too - with plenty more sure to follow before the end of the season.

    Until next time, goodnight.

  2. Tonight's headlines

    Championship round-up

    Patrick Bamford

    So we have new leaders at the top of the Championship as Watford take over at the top as Troy Deeney's brace saw off relegation-threatened Wigan.

    They lead Middlesbrough on goal difference after Aitor Karanka's side edged to a 1-0 victory at promotion rivals Derby courtesy of Patrick Bamford's goal against his former club.

    Norwich needed a last-gasp equaliser to take a point from a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield - Jamar Loza sweeping home moments after James Vaughan thought he had scored the winner and was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for his celebration.

    Play-off chasing Brentford, Ipswich and Wolves all won, while there was another defeat for bottom-of-the-table Blackpool

  3. The lie of the land

    And here's how the Championship table now looks following this evening's action.

    You feel this promotion race could go to the final game of the campaign.

    Championship top six
  4. Post update

    League Two round-up

    With top-of-the-table Burton Albion not featuring in tonight's League Two fixtures, it was up to Shrewsbury and Wycombe to maintain the pressure with the former leapfrogging the latter as Shrewsbury enjoyed a resounding 4-1 victory at Morecambe whilst the Chairboys could only manage a draw at home to Accrington.

    Despite Cheltenham's entertaining draw with Portsmouth they remain very much in the relegation battle as Tranmere recorded a 2-1 away win at Cambridge, whilst bottom-placed Hartlepool pulled off a vital win against Oxford United.

    Carlisle enjoyed a vital win to keep their survival hopes alive with victory at Northampton, whilst Mansfield won 2-1 against Wimbledon, Bury won 1-0 away at York and Dagenham and Redbridge won 2-0 against Plymouth.

    Newport carried on their fight for a play-off spot as they overcame rivals Luton 1-0. Stevenage missed the chance to give themselves some breathing room in the play-off places as they played out a goalless draw at Exeter.

  5. FULL-TIME

    It's been a huge of huge results, with Watford going top of the Championship after Bournemouth's slip up at Cardiff, while Norwich's remarkable draw at Huddersfield was the pick of the night's games. Here's a full rundown of results:

    Blackburn 2-3 Brentford

    Blackpool 0-3 Charlton

    Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth

    Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 2-2 Norwich

    Ipswich 1-0 Bolton

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Wigan 0-2 Watford

    Wolves 3-0 Sheff Wed

  6. Post update

    League One round-up

    It's been an exciting night in League One as Coventry left it late at Fleetwood with Dominic Samuel's 87th-minute finish looking to have won it for the Sky Blues before Frank Nouble sealed a vital three points in added time.

    Sam Clucas scored his second of the night as Chesterfield romped to victory against Gillingham.

    Bristol City maintained their lead at the top of the League One table with a 3-0 victory over Crewe, while second-placed Preston beat Peterborough 2-0.

    Colchester overcame fellow strugglers Yeovil 2-0, while Jonathan Obika scored a dramatic winner in Swindon's 2-1 victory at Doncaster.

    Elsewhere, Rochdale, MK Dons and Crawley all won, while Walsall and Sheffield United played out a 1-1 draw and Leyton Orient and Barnsley remained goalless.

  7. FULL-TIME

    Huddersfield 2-2 Norwich

    What an incredible end to the game. I'm speechless to be honest with you. Two goals and a red card in injury time isn't a bad end to a game, is it?

  8. FULL-TIME

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    It ends all square in a match which never really got going at The Den. Milwall have edged ever so closer to safety, with eight points between them and 21st-placed Rotherham, while Brighton stay in 19th.

  9. GOAL

    Huddersfield 2-2 Norwich (Jamar Loza 90 + 8 mins)

    Jamar Loza

    Remarkable finish at the John Smith's Stadium! Norwich grab a last-gasp equaliser with Jamar Loza coming off the bench to score. It is only his third league appearance for the Canaries but he's in the right place at the right time to score the crucial goal. A miss-hit shot arrives at his feet and he stabs an equaliser in.

  10. RED CARD

    Huddersfield 2-1 Norwich (James Vaughan - second bookable offence, 90+6 mins)

    James Vaughan

    Having just received a yellow card for a poorly-timed tackle James Vaughan takes his shirt off in celebration of scoring what he thinks is the winner. Mixed feelings for the striker as he trudges off down the tunnel.

  11. FULL-TIME

    Wolves 3-0 Sheff Wed

    It's all over at Molineux too, with Wolves convincing winners over Sheffield Wednesday.

    It could have been better for Kenny Jackett's side who, at one stage, were level on points with the play-off places.

    But late winners for Brentford and Ipswich means they remain three points behind.

  12. GOAL

    Huddersfield 2-1 Norwich (James Vaughan, 90+4 mins)

    Huddersfield's James Vaughan, who made six appearances for Norwich without scoring, is set up by Jacob Butterfield, another ex-Canary, to score what looks like the winner! The defence switched off and left too much space and he side-footed it into the right-hand corner.

  13. FULL-TIME

    Wigan 0-2 Watford

    Two goals from talisman Troy Deeney have given Watford a priceless victory at Wigan. They are going top of the Championship tonight, level on points with Middlesbrough after Bournemouth's draw at Cardiff.

    But things are looking bleak for Malky Mackay's Wigan, who are six points away from safety with eight games to go after defeat by his old side.

  14. FULL-TIME

    Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough celebrate

    Middlesbrough have done it. A textbook away performance from Aitor Karanka's side finished beautifully by Patrick Bamford's solitary goal against his old club.

    They have dominated defensively and struck Derby on the counter, and as results stand, move up to second in the table.

    Meanwhile, it is a third defeat in five for Derby, who are dropping down the table.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Blackburn 2-3 Brentford

    How big could that result be for Brentford? Andre Gray's scrambled winner six minutes from time seals three points for the Bees, who twice had to come from behind.

  16. FULL-TIME

    Ipswich 1-0 Bolton

    Ipswich celebrate

    Big three points for Mick McCarthy's Ipswich. Jay Tabb's goal ends a run of four games without a win and sees them keep pace with those around them in the play-off hunt. Meanwhile, Bolton have now lost their last five away games in all competitions.

  17. FULL-TIME

    Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth

    Callum Wilson could have nicked a cheeky three points right at the death but his last-gasp header is just narrowly wide of the mark and the Cherries will have to settle for a point against a resilient Cardiff City.

  18. CLOSE!

    Blackburn 2-3 Brentford

    Almost a late, late equaliser for Rovers as Tom Cairney volleys inches wide of the post.

  19. FULL-TIME

    Blackpool 0-3 Charlton

    You can't say Charlton haven't deserved to take all three points home on the long journey back to south-east London as they have dominated from start to finish. It's not looking good for Blackpool, however, who look doomed already.

  20. Post update

    Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth

    An exciting end to proceedings in the Welsh capital as Bournemouth suddenly find themselves chasing the match as Cardiff search for a late winner. Eoin Doyle unleashes a deflected shot in the area which comes to nothing but had plenty of away fans worried.

  21. GOAL

    Wigan 0-2 Watford (Troy Deeney, 90+1 mins)

    Wigan have been pressing, but it's Watford who have sealed the victory which could leave them top of the Championship this evening.

    Fernando Forestieri was brought down by a sliding Emmerson Boyce, and Troy Deeney smashes in his second goal of the game from the spot, before blazing the ball into the stands in celebration. That goal meant a lot to him.

  22. CLOSE!

    Ipswich 1-0 Bolton

    Big chance for Bolton goes begging. Craig Davies is unmarked at the back post but heads wide with minutes remaining. Let off for Ipswich.

  23. Post update

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Still goalless at The Den, but Brighton's Kazenga LuaLua tries to change that, cutting in from the left and drilling a shot which squeezes just wide of the right-hand post. We don't have much time for a breakthrough.

  24. Post update

    Huddersfield 1-1 Norwich

    Norwich very much on the front foot now, with Huddersfield getting every man behind the ball to secure a point.

    Can Norwich find a late goal and claim their fifth straight away win?

  25. GOAL

    Blackpool 0-3 Charlton (Johann Gudmundsson, 88 mins)

    It looks set to be another miserable night for the Tangerines who have conceded a whopping 77 goals already this season as Johann Gudmundsson scores a cracking free-kick to put Charlton 3-0 up.

  26. GOAL

    Blackburn 2-3 Brentford (Andre Gray, 84 mins)

    That could be a very big goal for Brentford with both Ipswich and Wolves in front.

    Jota is the architect as he jinks his way into the box. Jason Steele saves the Spaniard's deflected shot but can only push the ball into Andre Gray, who bundles it home from close range.

    Will that kill off Blackburn's play-off hopes?

  27. Post update

    Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Derby, who in truth have looked quite poor, have a great chance to level when a delivery into the box ricochets back to substitute Jesse Lingard, but the on-loan Manchester United man drags his effort wide.

    Will they have a better chance?

  28. Post update

    Blackpool 0-2 Charlton

    Changes all round as Tony Watt is replaced by Christophe Lepoint and Andrea Orlandi departs for Bright Osayi-Samuel who almost finds a consolation for the hosts but Stephen Henderson is on hand to tip his effort over the bar.

  29. GOAL

    Ipswich 1-0 Bolton (Jay Tabb, 79 mins)

    Ipswich have their breakthrough and they won't care a jot about the scrappy nature of it. Bolton fail to clear their lines and the ball drops to Jay Tabb who hits a bobbling volley into the floor and it bounces into the net. Big goal for the Tractor Boys.

  30. Post update

    League One and Two update

    Strange proceedings in League One as the sprinkler system comes on at Meadow Lane, forcing the players off the pitch in the game between Notts County and Rochdale. It soon restarted with a party-starting Balint Bajner making an appearance.

    Meanwhile, Dean Saunders' Crawley are ahead at Port Vale thanks to goals from Isale McLeod and Richard Wood. MK Dons seem to be out of sight against Oldham with Ben Reeves putting them 3-0 up. In League Two, promotion-chasing Shrewsbury are 2-1 up against 10-man Morecambe who have had Andreas Arestidou sent off for a bad challenge.

  31. Post update

    Wigan 0-1 Watford

    Watford go close to a second which would wrap up the game at the DW Stadium. Joel Ekstrand picks up the pieces after a free-kick and fires a low effort just wide of the far post.

    The Hornets are currently top of the 'as it stands' table, with Bournemouth drawing 1-1 at Cardiff.

  32. YELLOW CARD

    Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth

    A bizarre moment at the Cardiff City Stadium sees Callum Wilson booked for deflecting home keeper Simon Moore's kick into the back of the net.

  33. Post update

    Entering the final 15 minutes around the grounds. Are we in for some late drama anywhere?

  34. SUBSTITUTION

    Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Steve McClaren is throwing that dice and hoping it comes up a six. He makes a double change, bringing on Jesse Lingard and Jeff Hendrick for the two Jamies, Ward and Hanson, in a bid to ensure his side don't lose ground on the top three.

  35. GOAL

    Huddersfield 1-1 Norwich (Wes Hoolahan, 67 mins)

    Magic stuff from Wes Hoolahan, who scores within four minutes of leaving the bench. He gets free down the right-hand side and strokes a measured left-foot finish past goalkeeper Alex Smithies. The luck of the Irish on St Patrick's Day?

  36. GOAL

    Wolves 3-0 Sheff Wed (James Henry, 67 mins)

    And that should be that for Wolves. Wednesday have had more chances since Wolves doubled their lead, with Marnick Vermihl and Chris Maguire both going close.

    James Henry scores

    But it's goals that change games and they hosts have their third as James Henry strides forward unchallenged before finding the top corner with a left-footed drive from 25 yards.

  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Eidur Gudjohnson's night is over with the Icelander replaced by midfielder Barry Bannan.

  38. SUBSTITUTION

    Huddersfield 1-0 Norwich

    Bradley Johnson, who was booked for handling the ball into the net in the opening minutes, is replaced by Irish playmaker Wes Hoolahan. Norwich still searching for an equaliser.

  39. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Cole Skuse sends a rasping volley against the post before he is denied from the rebound by goalkeeper Ben Amos. Close for the Tractor Boys.

  40. GOAL

    Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough (Patrick Bamford, 64 mins)

    Patrick Bamford scores

    It had to be Patrick Bamford, didn't it? The forward, who had a successful loan spell with Derby last season, puts Middlesbrough ahead and it's nothing more than his side deserve from their start to this half.

    Tom Ince lost possession on the edge of the Boro area, and Lee Tomlin broke quickly, laying in the on-loan Chelsea man, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted in from a tight angle.

    A happy St Patrick's Day for Bamford.

  41. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Derby are the architects of their own downfall in this second half, and Patrick Bamford goes close for Middlesbrough after slack Rams play allowed Jelle Vossen to find a little pocket, and his effort drops to Bamford but he can only put it wide.

  42. GOAL

    Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth (Bruno Ecuele Manga, 62 mins)

    Cardiff equaliser

    After a period of sustained pressure, Cardiff have found a deserved leveller. Bruno Ecuele Manga leaps onto the inch-perfect corner kick from Peter Whittingham and the hosts are back on level terms.

  43. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Brighton really are on top at The Den, and come close to taking the lead when Joe Bennett's free-kick rattles the bar, with keeper David Forde just admiring it.

  44. GOAL

    Blackpool 0-2 Charlton (Simon Church, 61 mins)

    And Charlton have found a second courtesy of Simon Church who latched onto Johann Gudmundsson's deflected effort and coolly pokes home.

  45. GOAL

    Huddersfield 1-0 Norwich (Ishmael Miller, 55 mins)

    The Canaries are behind at the John Smith's Stadium. The defence fail to deal with a ball into the box and Ishmael Miller calmly takes the ball around goalkeeper John Ruddy before blasting it past a retreating defender and into the unguarded net.

  46. GOAL

    Wolves 2-0 Sheff Wed (Benik Afobe, 55 mins)

    Benik Afobe celebrates

    Wolves had been under the cosh but they now have breathing space.

    Substitute James Henry releases Matt Doherty down the right, whose cross is met on the volley by Benik Afobe from 15 yards. There's an element of luck about it as the shot hits the inside of the post and flies into the opposite corner, but that's 27 for the season now for the former Arsenal man.

  47. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth

    A clever one-two between Charlie Daniels and Marc Pugh creates a beautiful chance from close range for the onrushing Callum Wilson who is somehow denied by the woodwork.

  48. Post update

    Blackpool 0-1 Charlton

    Tom Barkhuizen enjoys the only chance of the second half so far after he cut inside the box and dinked his effort just past the post. Blackpool still searching for a leveller, here.

  49. GOAL

    Wigan 0-1 Watford (Troy Deeney, 54 mins)

    After Sheyi Ojo misses a glorious opportunity for Wigan, Troy Deeney has made the Latics pay with a goal to keep things interesting at the top of the Championship.

    The Watford striker got above the full-back brilliantly to power home a header from a delightful Adlene Guedioura far-post cross.

  50. Post update

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    Back underway at the John Smith's Stadium with Norwich looking for a win to challenge the automatic promotion places. Jonny Howson, who has been known to blast long-rangers in, fires a 20-yard shot with a thud into the advertising hoardings.

  51. GOAL

    Blackburn 2-2 Brentford (Jota, 52 mins)

    Brilliant, brilliant equaliser for Brentford. Jota picks the ball up inside his own half and runs and runs.

    Nobody bothers to challenge so, from 20 yards, the Spaniard takes aim and fires into the bottom corner.

  52. Post update

    Wolves 1-0 Sheff Wed

    Good start to the second half by the visitors, with Stevie May, Jacques Maghoma and Atdhe Nuhiu all going close.

  53. Post update

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Seems like a lot of managers wanted to make a change to their team at half-time, with not much goals to shout about. Brighton have replaced Beram Kayal with Kazenga LuaLua in a bid for a goal to move them further clear of the drop zone.

  54. Post update

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth

    No changes at the Cardiff City Stadium for either side and it's the visitors who've started the second half the more eager with Fabio making a last-minute interception after Callum Wilson tried to find Matt Richie at the back post.

  55. SUBSTITUTION

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    One change as the second half gets underway at Portman Road, with Luke Varney replacing Jonathan Parr. Mick McCarthy clearly wants more up front and Ipswich now have three strikers on the pitch with Varney joining Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears.

  56. SUBSTITUTION

    Wigan 0-0 Watford

    Half-time substitution for Watford, as they push for victory to keep chase with leaders Bournemouth. Fernando Forestieri, who was warming up with real vigour during the break, replaces Marco Motta.

  57. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way around the Championship. More goals anyone?

  58. Post update

    Smile for the cameras

    Is there anyone who doesn't love a good outtake?

    Here's a classic of the genre, courtesy of the BBC News School Report project as Match of the Day pundit Kevin Kilbane - aka Zinedine Kilbane - is ticked off by pupils Ben and Sam from The Lancasterian School, a Special Educational Needs School in Manchester.

    Kevin Kilbane with School Reporters Ben and Sam
    Image caption: Kevin Kilbane's illustrious paying career did not save him from a ribbing from School Reporters Ben and Sam after a slip-up in front of the cameras

    You can watch the full report and read Kevin's thoughts on the experience on School Report's News Day on Thursday, when thousands of pupils around the UK will be turning their classroom into newsrooms.

  59. HALF-TIME

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth

    Harry Arter opened the scoring with an awesome strike from long-range and that's all that separates the sides after an entertaining first half. Bute Cardiff haven't given up hope of getting back in the mix against an in-form Bournemouth.

  60. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    So, 45 minutes down, 45 to go. How do you think the Championship table might look by 21:45 GMT this evening?

    Will Bournemouth still be top or will we have yet another leader of this crazy division?

    Let us know using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  61. HALF-TIME

    Blackpool 0-1 Charlton

    Blackpool celebrate

    Charlton will definitely be the happier at the break as Chris Eagles' scrappy close-range effort is all that separates the Addicks from Blackpool who look more at home on the pineapple-esque pitch, with the visitors finding it difficult to find a second goal.

  62. HALF-TIME

    League One and Two update

    It's been a hectic first half up and down the country in Leagues One and Two. Aaron Wilbraham and Aden Flint have given Bristol City a commanding lead at half-time over Crewe, whilst Daniel Powell has doubled MK Dons' advantage away at Oldham. Elsewhere, Preston North End are ahead courtesy of Daniel Johnson's thunderous shot from outside the box and a brace from Louis Dodds has put Port Vale 2-1 up against Crawley minuets after Anthony Wordsworth initially levelled for the visitors.

    Meanwhile in League Two, call it a Desmond at Fratton Park as Ryan Taylor's close-range header made it 2-2 for Portsmouth after Cheltenham had been a goal in front. As things stand, Wycombe are missing out on the chance to go top of the League Two table, after Accrington drew level at Adams Park on the stroke of half-time. Sam Wood had given the second-placed Chairboys the lead after half an hour, before Terry Gornell tapped in to equalise.

  63. HALF-TIME

    We've had the refs' whistles signalling half-time up and down the country in our Championship games. As the players take on their oranges, energy drinks and whatever else the modern footballer needs, here's your scores on the doors in the second tier.

    Blackburn 2-1 Brentford

    Blackpool 0-1 Charlton

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth

    Derby 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Wigan 0-0 Watford

    Wolves 1-0 Sheff Wed

  64. HALF-TIME

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich haven't strengthened their promotion hopes yet. The Canaries really should have the lead, and would have if Bradley Johnson had employed more traditional methods of putting the ball over the line early on and Gary Hooper had untangled his feet in the face of an open goal. The Terriers are still very much in this.

  65. HALF-TIME

    Blackburn 2-1 Brentford

    That Chris Taylor goal on the stroke of half-time separates the sides at the break after Chris Long cancelled out Rudy Gestede's opener.

    If it stays this way, Rovers will fancy their chances of gatecrashing the play-offs.

  66. HALF-TIME

    Wolves 1-0 Sheff Wed

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at Molineux: "Two bits of brilliance separate the two sides at the moment.

    "Nouha Dicko anticipated a misplaced ball superbly on the halfway line and surged into the box with pace, drawing the foul that earned Wolves the penalty, which was converted expertly by Bakary Sako.

    "But Wolves needed Tomasz Kuszczak to make a top-class save from Jacques Maghoma's header to send them into the break 1-0 in front."

  67. HALF-TIME

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Both sides have had chances, but it's all square at the break. Freddie Sears has been lively up front for Mick McCarthy's men, but Bolton came back into it with Eidur Gudjohnson and Rochinha coming closest for the Trotters.

  68. HALF-TIME

    Wigan 0-0 Watford

    It's half-time too at Wigan, but they come close to opening the scoring just before the end of the half, when Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo's cross is not cleared properly and drops to Marc-Antoine Fortune, whose chest and volley was hit straight at Heurelho Gomes from 10 yards.

    As that awful saying goes, he almost hit that too well....

  69. CLOSE!

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    Terrible miss. Norwich open up the Huddersfield defence. Jonny Howson tees up Gary Hooper inside the penalty area, but the striker fails to make any telling contact with the goal gaping. Poor from the ex-Celtic man.

  70. GOAL

    Blackburn 2-1 Brentford (Chris Taylor, 45+3 mins)

    Brentford aren't on level terms for long as Blackburn hit the front right on the stroke of half-time.

    Some neat interplay on the edge of the box sees the ball eventually fall to Chris Taylor, who fires an angled shot into the roof of the Bees' net.

  71. HALF-TIME

    Derby 0-0 Middlesbrough

    After Jelle Vossen's audacious effort (see 20:28), Derby respond when Cyrus Christie plays a ball into the box just behind Johnny Russell, who tries a backheel, but couldn't convert.

    The ref then blows his whistle for half-time soon after.

  72. Post update

    Blackpool 0-1 Charlton

    Testing times for the Seasiders as the hosts' Miles Addison is lucky to escape a booking after a robust challenge on Morgan Fox.

  73. Post update

    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Leon Best has twice come close to putting Brighton ahead in their match against fellow strugglers Millwall. Chris Hughton's Seagulls have probably just edged the first half, but have nothing to show for it so far.

  74. GOAL

    Blackburn 1-1 Brentford (Chris Long, 44 mins)

    An equaliser for Brentford, and it's probably no more than they deserve.

    Chris Long shows good intent to burst into the box and sees his angled shot deflect off Matt Kilgallon and past the helpless Jason Steele.

  75. CLOSE!

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Bolton are growing into this game and 19-year-old midfielder Rochinha, making his debut tonight, plays a one-two with Eidur Gudjohnson before firing a shot just wide.

  76. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Derby 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Wow. Jelle Vossen comes ever so close to opening the scoring at the iPro. The Middlesbrough forward saw Derby keeper Lee Grant off his line, so tried a lob from 45 yards, but his incredible effort bounced into the post and gratefully into Grant's hands.

    What a let off for Steve McClaren's side!

  77. PENALTY APPEAL

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth

    Bournemouth have appealed for a penalty after Callum Wilson goes down in the box but the referee waves play on, leaving Cherries boss Eddie Howe unimpressed.

  78. Post update

    Wolves 1-0 Sheff Wed

    Wolves have been pushing for a second but are grateful to a fine Tomasz Kuszczak save for keeping them in front after Jacques Maghoma's header caps Wednesday's best move of the match.

  79. CLOSE!

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Bolton's Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnson would expect to score these chances, but the 36-year-old's shot after Bartosz Bialkowski's save is deflected wide.

  80. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Middlesbrough

    A real lack of chances to discuss in the game at the iPro Stadium. Both sides seem to be playing within the midfield area, with the course of this match summed up when Derby's Jamie Hanson has a speculative effort from far out which goes wide.

  81. GREAT SAVE!

    Wolves 1-0 Sheff Wed

    Wednesday have keeper Keiren Westwood to thank for not falling further behind as he brilliantly saves from Kevin McDonald after the Wolves midfielder was played through by Rajiv van La Parra.

    At the other end, Lewis McGugan has fired wide or the Owls from 18 yards.

  82. CLOSE!

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    Huddersfield threaten for the first time on the counter-attack, with former Canary James Vaughan missing the target from Conor Coady's pass.

  83. Post update

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth

    Cardiff seem to have come alive after high-flying Bournemouth went a goal ahead. Craig Noone cut the ball back for Alex Revell to try his luck but he somehow shoots over the bar.

  84. GOAL

    Blackpool 0-1 Charlton (Chris Eagles, 31 mins)

    It's all too easy for Charlton as Chris Eagles breaks the deadlock against the Championship strugglers. Eagles, who tapped in from close range on what looks like a poor playing surface, enjoys a muted celebration against his former club.

  85. Post update

    League One and Two update

    Chesterfield are keeping their League One play-off hopes alive and are two goals up against Gillingham thanks to goals from Sam Clucas and Jay O'Shea. Elsewhere in League One, MK Dons are a goal ahead against Oldham courtesy of Dean Bowditch's effort, Port Vale took the lead against Crawley after Louis Dodds latched onto Tom Pope's corner and Sheffield United are in front against Walsall thanks to Jose Baxter.

    In League Two, Cheltenham have taken the lead in a frantic opening 22 minutes against Portsmouth with Will Packwood and Shaun Harrad putting them 2-1 up after Pompey's Matt Tubbs initially put the hosts in front.

  86. Post update

    Wigan 0-0 Watford

    Promotion-chasing Watford, having been second-best for most of their game against struggling Wigan, have a real chance to go ahead. Tommie Hoban crosses the ball in from the left-hand side, and his delivery is headed towards goal by Troy Deeney, but Ali Al Habsi is equal to his effort.

    Latics striker Leon Clarke then has the ball in the back of the Hornets net, but play is brought back as the loanee was adjudged to be offside.

  87. Post update

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    The away side have had much the better of the opening 15 minutes. The Canaries have won their last four away games and are causing the Huddersfield defence all kinds of problems. In particular the pace of Nathan Redmond down the right side is looking dangerous.

  88. Post update

    Blackpool 0-0 Charlton

    A quiet opening quarter of an hour at Bloomfield Road with Tom Barkhuizen going close for the hosts with a dipping effort from long range after there was a delay in play as the Addicks' Simon Church was assessed after going down with an injury.

  89. Post update

    Wigan 0-0 Watford

    Wigan boss Malky Mackay, against his old club, has seen his team have the better of the opening stages, coming close when Leon Clarke has an effort in the area blocked by Tommie Hoban and the ball was eventually scrambled clear.

    Could the Latics win to boost their survival hopes?

  90. GOAL

    Wolves 1-0 Sheff Wed (Bakary Sako pen, 18 mins)

    Bakary Sako

    Wolves have started with real intent and take the lead from the spot after Nouha Dicko is tripped in the box by Claude Dielna.

    It's a soft one, but the Molineux men won't care as Bakary Sako steps up to send Keiren Westwood the wrong way from the spot.

  91. GREAT SAVE!

    Blackburn 1-0 Brentford

    Brentford close to an equaliser at Ewood Park as Harlee Dean meets Jota's corner with a goalbound header but Jason Steele brilliantly tips it over the bar.

  92. GREAT SAVE!

    Ipswich 0-0 Bolton

    Ipswich's Freddie Sears robs Bolton centre-back Tim Ream and is through on goal, but Ben Amos saves well one-on-one to deny the striker.

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    Derby 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Derby v Middlesbrough

    After a pretty dreary opening 15 minutes, the battle between fourth and third finally bursts into life. The ball is played out to Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah, his strike forces a great save from Derby keeper Lee Grant and Patrick Bamford sees his rebound deflected out for a corner, which comes to nothing.

  94. GOAL

    Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth (Harry Arter, 16 mins)

    That's why they're top of the league! Harry Arter notches his seventh of the season with an absolute corker from outside the box. What's more, Bournemouth deserve their lead and a goal has been on the cards since kick off.

    Harry Arter
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    Millwall 0-0 Brighton

    Millwall striker Aiden O'Brien has the first real chance in the battle of the strugglers at The Den, shooting narrowly wide of goal after great work by Lee Gregory down the right.

    Lions caretaker boss Neil Harris will be hoping for victory in his first home game since Ian Holloway's sacking.

  96. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Huddersfield 0-0 Norwich

    Nathan Redmond does well down the right-hand side, crosses to the back post where Cameron Jerome heads the ball back across goal. Bradley Johnson turns it in from close range - Norwich celebrate and head back to the half-way line. However, the linesman on the near side disallows the goal and instead Johnson is booked for handball.

  97. Post update

    Wolves 0-0 Sheff Wed

    A bright start from the home side where Benik Afobe slices wide a Bakary Sako corner from 12 yards.

  98. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Cardiff 0-0 Bournemouth

    A chance for the visitors as a great run by Marc Pugh ends with the Bournemouth man unlucky not to power home from distance, the ball striking the crossbar.

  99. GOAL

    Blackburn 1-0 Brentford (Rudy Gestede, 5 mins)

    We have our first goal of the night in the Championship and it's come at Ewood Park.

    It's straightforward enough as Blackburn clip a free-kick over the top and Rudy Gestede races onto the ball and whallops a shot into the top corner for his 16th goal of the season.

  100. KICK-OFF

    Our nine Championship games are underway... Let's hope it's a great night of Football League entertainment.

  101. Post update

    Derby v Middlesbrough (19:45 GMT)

    So, kick-off time is looming. To whet your appetite here's a few facts about this evening's visitors to the iPro Stadium.

    Boro fact
  102. Other live BBC coverage

    Of course, on top of this evening's Football League action, there's also the small matter of Arsenal trying to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the last 16 of the Champions League.

    If a bit of European footy takes your fancy, then you can join Tom Rostance here.

    Unfortunately, because of a rights issue, we are unable to broadcast Football League commentaries on the BBC Sport website.

    However, there will be coverage of the matches being played in your area this evening on your BBC local radio station.

    You can follow all of tonight's action on Midweek Final Score, which you can view by pressing the play button at the top of the page.

    And if Conference football is your thing then we've got a number of online commentaries available.

  103. Post update

    What about League One and League Two

    There's a near full programme in League One and League Two as well as those divisions build to a crescendo.

    League One leaders Bristol City host Crewe and will be hoping to extend their 11-point lead at the top if they win and second-placed Preston slip up against in-form Peterborough.

    Fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon and MK Dons both have tricky-looking away games at Doncaster and Oldham respectively.

    League Two leaders Burton aren't in action until Wednesday so second-placed Wycombe and Shrewsbury, in third, will be hoping to put pressure on the Brewers with victories over Accrington and Morecambe.

    At the other end of the table, the bottom four clubs - Carlisle, Cheltenham, Tranmere and Hartlepool - are all away from home.

  104. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    2morrowpeople: Quite confident of getting a result at Derby tonight, glad Bent isn't playing tho!!! 0-2 Bamford & Vossen. Come on Boro!

    Gregory P: Injuries to key players at the wrong time have hurt Derby. Best get this week over and go again after the international break.

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    Millwall v Brighton (19:45 GMT)

    Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Nelson, Hooiveld, Harding, O'Brien, Abdou, Williams, Woolford, Taylor-Fletcher, Gregory.

    Substitutes: Archer, Beevers, Upson, Gueye, Fabbrini, Fuller, Maierhofer.

    Brighton: Stockdale; Bruno, Halford, Greer, Bennett, Calderon, Holla, Kayal, Stephens, Best, Mackail-Smith.

    Substitutes: Walton, Hughes, Ince, Teixeira, Ledesma, LuaLua, O'Grady.

  106. Post update

    Millwall v Brighton (19:45 GMT)

    Struggling Brighton travel to 23rd-placed Millwall tonight having not won away from home since 10 January and Seagulls boss Chris Hughton has been speaking to BBC Sussex about the importance of the 145-mile round trip.

    Chris Hughton

    "Every game seems to be massive at this stage of the season. I've got decisions to make about what changes I make, if any," he said.

    "With nine games to go you are always looking at those teams below us. It is tight. It is a big game because it is against a team which is below us at the moment."

  107. Post update

    Millwall v Brighton (19:45 GMT)

    Millwall players look dejected

    Things are looking bleak for Millwall. After sacking manager Ian Holloway last week, caretaker Neil Harris was unable to prevent his side from a 2-0 defeat at Bolton on Saturday, which left them nine points from safety.

    But the former Lions striker is not giving up hope as they welcome fellow strugglers Brighton to The Den tonight.

    "The target is to try and get a bit of belief back into the boys. We are desperate to stay in this league," he told BBC London 94.9.

    "When I took over from Ollie I said you have got to be positive.

    "We are looking at the style of play and the long-term future of the club. We are trying to put a bit of passion and pride back into the performances to let fans identify a Millwall team."

  108. Post update

    Blackpool v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Five more points.

    That's all Blackpool need from their last nine games to beat Stockport County's 26 points as the lowest ever tally in a 46-game second-tier season.

    Blackpool fans
    Image caption: Last month, around 1,000 fans protested over the way the club is run by the Oyston family

    Manager Lee Clark, though, just wants their disastrous season to be all over, knowing that they could be relegated if they lose their next two matches.

    "I wish the season was done, I wish it was over now and I could just start the rebuilding job straightaway," Clark told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "I feel sorry for them [the fans]. It's been a shocking season for them from the first day of pre-season until now. They're loyal to the club. I've got a lot of time for football fans, it's how I grew up myself so I feel for them."

  109. Post update

    Blackpool v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Late team news drama at Bloomfield Road where Blackpool's Charles Dunne has been taken ill during the warm up and is replaced in the team by David Ferguson. Connor Oliver replaces Ferguson on the bench.

    Blackpool: Lewis, Barkhuizen, Hall, Clarke, Ferguson, Perkins, Addison, Jacobs, Orlandi, Telford, Madine.

    Substitutes: Parish, O'Dea, Aldred, Oliver, Osayi-Samuel, Cubero, Delfouneso.

    Charlton Athletic: Henderson, Solly, Fox, Gomez, Johnson, Gudmundsson, Diarra, Cousins, Eagles; Watt, Church.

    Substitutes: Dmitrović, Wilson, Bikey-Amougou, Bulot, Buyens, Lennon, Lepoint.

  110. Post update

    Blackpool v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Guy Luzon

    A run of five wins from their last seven have surely secured safety for 12th-place Charlton, whose head coach Guy Luzon had to negotiate a tricky start to life at The Valley.

    He told BBC London 94.9 ahead of their trip to rock-bottom Blackpool: "I always think positively as to how we can improve and play better. We need to play with more aggression and a better tempo.

    "When I arrived at the club it was two months without a win. There was bad momentum and our target was to stay in the league.

    "Now it is not the issue. We need to continue to play positively and attack."

  111. Post update

    Ipswich v Bolton (19:45 GMT)

    Ipswich make one change with goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski coming in for Dean Gerken who suffered concussion against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

    Ipswich: Bialkowski, Parr, Mings, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Skuse, Murphy, Tabb, Sears, Bishop.

    Substitutes: Kenny, Clarke, Anderson, Chaplow, Bru, Varney, Wood.

    Bolton: Amos, Vela, Mills, Dervite, Ream, Trotter, Coke, Walker, Rochinha, Gudjohnsen, C Davies.

    Substitutes: Bogdan, Moxey, Hall, Twardzik, Bannan, Threlkeld, Le Fondre.

  112. Post update

    Ipswich v Bolton (19:45 GMT)

    On-loan Bolton striker Adam le Fondre seems to be enjoying himself at the Macron.

    Adam Le Fondre

    The 28-year-old scored only three times in the first half of the season for Cardiff City, but his brace in Wanderers' 2-0 win over Millwall on Saturday took his tally to five from his last eight appearances for the Trotters.

    Mid-table Bolton are at play-off chasing Ipswich tonight but Le Fondre told BBC Radio Manchester he is full of confidence.

    "When I went to Cardiff I think my first game was out on the right wing, and I think that took a lot out of me," he said.

    "There were others games where I came on, on the left wing or right wing and I just think it just all took the toll on me and I never really found my feet there.

    "I've come in and the gaffer has said 'just do what you do, I can't coach what you do.' I'm buzzing with that and that's all I want."

  113. Post update

    Wolves v Sheff Wed (19:45 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at Molineux: "An attacking line-up from Wolves boss Kenny Jackett tonight, with Benik Afobe, Rajiv van La Parra, Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko all starting.

    "Afobe will be keen to find the net - he and Tottenham's Harry Kane are the top scorers in England's top four divisions with 26 apiece."

  114. Post update

    Wolves v Sheff Wed (19:45 GMT)

    Two changes for Wolves, who bring in Scott Golbourne at left-back and Nouha Dicko up front to partner Benik Afobe.

    Two as well for the Owls, with former Manchester United defender Marnick Vermilj and Jacques Maghoma coming into the starting XI.

    Wolves: Kuszczak, Doherty, Batth, Stearman, Golbourne, van La Parra, McDonald, Price, Sako, Afobe, Dicko.

    Substitutes: McCarey, Edwards, Henry, Evans, Doyle, Ebanks-Landell, Hause.

    Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hutchinson, Lees, Dielna, Vermijl, McGugan, Helan, Maghoma, Maguire, May, Nuhiu.

    Substitutes: Kirkland, Buxton, Mattock, Lavery, Lee, De Havilland, Melo

  115. Post update

    Wolves v Sheff Wed (19:45 GMT)

    Sheffield Wednesday are a team deep in the mire of mid-table, virtually safe from relegation but with no more than an outside chance of making the play-offs.

    With that in mind, manager Stuart Gray might blood a few youngsters between now and the end of the season.

    Stuart Gray

    "We want to give younger players a chance," he told BBC Radio Sheffield. "But it's about choosing the right game because you don't want to knock their confidence.

    "I don't think anything beats a local lad making into the first team. The main thing is, if they're in this area we want them playing for this football club.

    "We don't want to be a development club for other teams, we want the players to come through and play for us."

  116. Post update

    Wolves v Sheff Wed (19:45 GMT)

    Wolves are on the hunt (pardon the dreadful pun) for consecutive promotions, and last year's League One champions currently lie in eighth going into tonight's game against Sheffield Wednesday.

    The man tasked with ensuring Wolves pack (they are getting worse) a punch is Kenny Jackett, who hopes his side don't have a howler tonight (I should go home...).

    Kenny Jackett

    "They're very direct. Physically, they're very big and will be a handful for any team in any game," head coach Jackett told BBC WM 95.6.

    "They're very well organised and their defensive record is very good. But our concentration is not particularly on them.

    "We want to concentrate on making sure that the quality of our play is as good as possible. If we do that, then we're capable of winning."

  117. Post update

    Blackburn v Brentford (19:45 GMT)

    Four changes for Blackburn, who bring in Matt Kigallon, Rudi Gestede, Chris Taylor and Corry Evans. Lee Williamson and Chris Brown drop to the bench.

    There's also two changes for Brentford, who bring in former Rovers midfielder Alan Judge and on-loan Everton striker Chris Long.

    Blackburn: Steele, Henley, Baptiste, Kilgallon, Spurr, Taylor, Evans, Cairney, Marshall, Gestede, Rhodes.

    Substitutes: Brown, Eastwood, Williamson, Songo'o, Spearing, Lenihan, Mahoney.

    Brentford: Button, Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell, Douglas, Jota, Judge, Pritchard, Dallas, Long.

    Substitutes: Craig, McCormack, Bonham, Toral, Gray, Diagouraga, Smith.

  118. Post update

    Blackburn v Brentford (19:45 GMT)

    Mark Warburton

    Play-off hopefuls Brentford had a bad day at the office on Saturday, suffering a 2-1 loss to a Cardiff side who saw two of their players sent off which left them sitting precariously in sixth place.

    But boss Mark Warburton is not dwelling on that defeat as they travel to a Blackburn Rovers side containing an in-demand and in-form striker Jordan Rhodes.

    "As much as you say about one game at a time the players recognise the importance significance of each and every game now. They want to get some just rewards from their work," he told BBC London 94.9.

    "We go to Blackburn now and it is important we recognise each and every game and the challenge it represents.

    "Saturday was really disappointing but we did a lot of things right. We didn't show enough quality in the final third."

  119. Post update

    Huddersfield v Norwich (19:45 GMT)

    Huddersfield: Smithies, Hudson, Lynch, Carroll, Smith, Coady, Hogg, Butterfield, Scannell, Vaughan, Miller.

    Substitutes: Murphy, Edgar, Wallace, Holmes, Gobern, Charles, Majewski.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Bassong, Whittaker, Olsson, Redmond, Howson, Dorrans, Johnson, Hooper, Jerome.

    Substitutes: Rudd, Cuellar, Andreu, Hoolahan, Loza, Tettey, Odjidja-Ofoe.

  120. Post update

    Huddersfield v Norwich (19:45 GMT)

    Huddersfield Town have seemingly gone unnoticed in mid-table for most of this season, but needed Joe Lolley's equaliser at Birmingham on Saturday to end a three-game losing run.

    Chris Powell's side have slipped down to 18th as a result of that streak, and welcome high-flying Norwich to the John Smith's Stadium this evening.

    Joe Lolley of Hudderfiled (left)

    "It was important to stop our losing run on Saturday. I would have preferred three points but it is something for us to hopefully build on," Powell told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "They have got themselves in the mix to be in the top two and it will be a tough proposition for us but we will have to face it head on.

    "We have got to get the points to make sure that we remain a Championship side. We need to take something from these next two home games."

  121. Post update

    Cardiff v Bournemouth (19:45 GMT)

    Leaders Bournemouth welcome back Harry Arter from suspension for the trip to Cardiff, who are without the suspended Federico Macheda and Kadeem Harris. Both were sent off during Saturday's win at Griffin Park.

    Cardiff City: Moore, Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Connolly, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone, Kennedy, Jones, Revell.

    Substitutes: Wilson, Malone, Gabbidon, Adeyemi, Ralls, O'Keefe, Doyle.

    Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Pugh, Pitman, Wilson.

    Substitutes: Camp, Smith, Ward, MacDonald, Fraser, Kermorgant, Rantie.

  122. Post update

    Cardiff v Bournemouth (19:45 GMT)

    After a 2-1 win at promotion hopefuls Brentford on Saturday, Cardiff boss Russell Slade has been preparing his side to face yet another high-flying team in Championship leaders Bournemouth.

    Cardiff City

    Former Leyton Orient boss Slade says Cardiff are showing improvement and Eddie Howe's side will formidable opponents.

    "It's another incredible test," Slade said. "I think the players are playing for me and playing for each other. They're showing great spirit now and a lot more understanding in what they are doing.

    "Every single point is worth fighting for between now and the end of the season. That is our barometer to our seeing how far we are improving and if we start stagnating then we've got to look at it even more in the summer."

  123. Post update

    Wigan v Watford (19:45 GMT)

    One change for Wigan, who welcome back striker Leon Clarke in place of the suspended James McClean. Clarke, remember, was carried off with his neck in a brace during the Latics' 3-0 home defeat by Charlton last month.

    Watford make three changes, with Tomie Hoban, Gianni Munari and Gabriele Angella in for Daniel Pudil, Daniel Tozer and Almen Abdi.

    Wigan: Al-Habsi, Boyce, Pearce, Maguire, Bong, Perch (c), Kim, Pennant, Ojo, Clarke, Fortune.

    Substitutes: Nicholls, Barnett, Kvist, Cowie, Sinclair, Murphy, Mckay.

    Watford: Gomes, Cathcart, Angella, Ekstrand, Hoban, Motta, Watson, Guedioura, Munari, Deeney, Vydra.

    Substitutes: Bond, Layun, Tozser, Forestieri, Paredes, Anya, Ighalo.

  124. Post update

    Wigan v Watford (19:45 GMT)

    Wigan are desperate for points in their battle to beat relegation but face a difficult task this evening as promotion-chasing and free-scoring Watford visit the DW Stadium.

    Malky Mackay

    Latics boss Malky Mackay's first managerial job was with the Hornets, after he had also finished his playing career at Vicarage Road.

    But he told BBC Radio Manchester there would be no mixed emotions as Wigan bid to close the six-point gap between themselves and safety.

    "We need the points," he said. "It's nice to welcome a terrific football club and I've got great memories as a player, coach and a manager there.

    "We've got to make sure at our place we keep the momentum going as it is three wins out of four and the performances of late have been terrific."

  125. Post update

    Derby v Middlesbrough (19:45 GMT)

    And here are the line-ups for the game at the iPro, with the Rams again without strikers Chris Martin and Darren Bent.

    Derby County: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Albentosa, Forsyth, Hanson, Bryson, Hughes, Ince, Ward, Russell.

    Substitutes: Roos, Shotton, Hendrick, Dawkins, Lingard, Warnock, Thomas.

    Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Kalas, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend, Adomah, Clayton, Leadbitter, Tomlin, Vossen, Bamford.

    Substitutes: Ripley, Forshaw, Nsue, Omeruo, Reach, Whitehead, Kike.

  126. Post update

    Derby v Middlesbrough (19:45 GMT)

    So, yes, a familiar face returns to the iPro Stadium tonight.

    Patrick Bamford scored eight goals in 14 starts for Derby during a loan spell last season, but will be lining up in a Middlesbrough shirt tonight.

    Patrick Bamford in a Derby shirt

    But Derby County first-team coach Paul Simpson was optimistic speaking to BBC Radio Derby, despite going four games without victory.

    "We have to forget about what's at stake and make sure we deal with Middlesbrough, deal with their threats and hopefully come out on top.

    "We know what Patrick Bamford can do. We have also shown them what their other good players can do. But we have good players as well.

    "We have to get back to doing what we do best. Over the last four games we probably haven't done that consistently enough and need to get back to it. We need to play our football, we need to create chances and make the iPro is a horrible place for teams to come. And let's start with Middlesbrough."

  127. Post update

    Derby v Middlesbrough (19:45 GMT)

    The top of the Championship is tight, to say the least. Three teams are currently tied on 69 points - leaders Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough.

    Boro travel to the iPro Stadium tonight to take on fourth-placed Derby in probably the biggest game in the league tonight.

    Aitor Karanka's side are currently in the middle of a three-game sequence against fellow high-flyers, and after beating Ipswich 4-1 on Saturday and facing the Rams tonight, they travel to the Cherries on Saturday.

    Jelle Vossen (left) and Patrick Bamford

    But Patrick Bamford, a Derby loanee last season, says that run of fixtures will help them, not hinder them.

    "We'd rather play teams like this rather than those who are scrapping to stay in the league," Bamford told BBC Tees.

    "To go to teams like Derby and Bournemouth makes it a massive game with where we are in the league."

  128. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    So how are you feeling Championship fans? Any fingernails left among supporters of teams in the thick of the promotion race and those battling to beat the drop?

    Of course, it's all to play for in League One and Two as well.

    We'd love to hear from you, no matter you follow using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  129. But at the wrong end...

    And here's what the bottom of the table looks like...

    Championship bottom six

    It doesn't make pretty reading for Blackpool, who prop up the 24 teams and look certain to be playing in League One next season.

    The Tangerines are at home to Charlton this evening, while Millwall could do themselves a favour if they get a result against Brighton, who begin this evening seven points above the drop zone.

    Rotherham are at Nottingham Forest tomorrow, when Fulham entertain Leeds, the club they paid £11m to for Ross McCormack last summer.

  130. Tight at the top

    Yes, it could hardly be tighter at the top of the Championship, with three sides locked on 69 points and the top five separated by only three points.

    Bournemouth lead the way on goal difference, while Watford are above Middlesbrough on goals scored.

    Championship top six

    The battle for the final play-off spot is intriguing too, with Ipswich two points behind Brentford and Wolves a further point adrift. Nottingham Forest and Blackburn don't think they're out of it either. They're both eight points behind the Bees - who, as we know, are at Ewood Park tonight.

  131. Post update

    We've got nine games in English football's second tier for you this evening, with third-placed Middlesbrough against Derby, in fourth, as the tastiest of tasty fixtures.

    Leaders Bournemouth and second-placed Watford are both on the road at Cardiff and relegation-threatened Wigan respectively, while fifth-placed Norwich are at Huddersfield.

    And in the race for the play-offs, Brentford are at in-form Blackburn, while Ipswich and Wolves are both in action too against Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday.

    Oh, and there's 11 games in both League One and League Two as well, but more of that later.

  132. Post update

    With three points separating the top five teams with nine games to play, it's the title race of dreams. Well, it is if you're a neutral.

    Welcome to another evening in the madness that is the Championship.