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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough go top with two games left
  2. Tettey flicks header into his own net
  3. Use audio icon to listen to Radio 5 live
  4. Get involved: #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    What another enthralling night at the top of the Championship. The race for automatic promotion to the Premier League is going down to the wire after Middlesbrough return to the summit following a gutsy win at Norwich. We're back with all the action from Saturday's games, starting with the 12:15 BST game between Wolves and Ipswich. There's also the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final between Reading and Arsenal. Until then...

  2. League One

    Port Vale 2-2 Preston

    League One table

    Bristol City will be crowned League One champions if they avoid defeat at home to Coventry on Saturday after second-placed Preston were held to a 2-2 draw at Port Vale.

  3. Manager reaction

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Aitor Karanka celebrates

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "We don't have players in the same numbers as Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth. We have to be consistent because we do not have so many strikers and not so many goals as the other teams. This win is absolutely vital for us.

    "We have two games and we have to wait for a mistake from Bournemouth or Watford. We have won the first one of the three and now we have to win the last two. But for now I am very proud of my players."

  4. Norwich's remaining games

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Norwich will not give up on automatic promotion but they are going to have to win their remaining two games to stand any chance. The Canaries go to struggling Rotherham next on 25 April before hosting lowly Fulham on 2 May.

  5. Manager reaction

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka tells Sky Sports: "We have 25 players who fight for every single ball and when they play their best they deserve to be in the Premier League for sure. A lot of their players played in the Premier League last season but some of ours came from League One and League Two. I'm very proud of the whole team. We did our job but now we have to wait."

  6. Boro's remaining games

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough team celebrate victory

    Middlesbrough's remaining two games are away to struggling Fulham on 25 April before hosting Brighton, another team at the wrong end of the table, on the final day of the season on 2 May. Is their six year absence from the Premier League about to come to an end?

  7. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Championship table

    And this is what it means to the top of the Championship table. Middlesbrough are one point clear of Bournemouth, while Norwich, who started the day second, drop to fourth.

  8. FULL-TIME

    Port Vale 2-2 Preston

  9. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "You have to be careful not to celebrate too soon. Tonight feels like Middlesbrough achieved something, they've still got two big games left and it's still in Bournemouth's hands don't forget.

    "It's a huge win and they've put pressure back on the rivals. Bournemouth and Watford need to respond now, you can't write anyone off but Boro are certainly in the driving seat now."

  10. Player reaction

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson tells Sky Sports: "Norwich dictated play after we scored and it was a case of digging in. It was do or die. If we hadn't won today, even if we had got a draw, that our automatic promotion dream would have been over. Fingers crossed a couple of teams around us will drop points."

  11. FULL-TIME

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough players celebrate
    Image caption: This is Middlesbrough's 20th clean sheet in the league this season, the first time since 1990/ 91.

    Middlesbrough go top of the Championship table...until at least Saturday.

  12. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    One last Norwich attack...

  13. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Carrow Road falls silent. The only noise is from the hundreds of travelling Boro fans from Teesside.

  14. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    It's all Norwich but another promising attack ends in Daniel Ayala's headed clearance. Boro are two minutes from the summit.

  15. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    This is the Championship at it's very best. Norwich win yet another corner. John Ruddy is up again but Boro's defence remains firm.

  16. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "It's a brilliant block from Ben Gibson because that was goalbound. He's saved his side a goal there."

  17. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Stunning block by Ben Gibson to get in the way of Russell Martin's close range volley. So close for Norwich.

  18. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Aitor Karanka looks nervous

    Seven minutes of added time. Yes, that's right. SEVEN minutes.

  19. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Alex Neil looks frustrated

    It's tense, it's tight, it's gripping. Corner to Norwich. And who is this? Norwich keeper John Ruddy is coming up for it...

  20. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Play acting by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos? The Boro keeper falls to the ground with the ball in his hand after a yellow shirt pumps an aimless ball into the area. The Norwich fans turn the air blue as they let the Greek stopper know what they think of his actions.

  21. Post update

    Port Vale 2-2 Preston

    Another penalty at Port Vale and it's fallen to the hosts this time. Same result too, Michael O'Connor steps up and fires into the bottom corner. That's THREE penalties in that match. Preston's promotion push back on hold for now.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    That's the end of Patrick Bamford's night. He will have plenty of time to reflect on that miss on the Boro bench as he is replaced by Spanish forward Kike.

  23. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "He's gone too elaborate, he's just got to take the strike but he's tried to do too much and it's a really poor finish. What a chance to finish this game off."

  24. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    What a chance! Patrick Bamford has been Middlesbrough's hero time and again this season but the striker puts the ball wide with only the keeper to beat after the Norwich defence parts.

  25. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Drama! Norwich want a penalty as Cameron Jerome's cross is blocked by the arm of George Friend. The crowd scream at the referee but he is not interested.

  26. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Wes Hoolahan takes a shot

    Ten minutes for Norwich to find an equaliser.

  27. SUBSTITUTION

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Double substitution for Norwich as Nathan Redmond comes on for Wes Hoolahan and Gary Hooper replaces Bradley Johnson. All three changes have been made and there's plenty of attacking talent to get the equaliser.

    Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome will be up front with Hooper just behind.

  28. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough's defending is outstanding. Norwich just cannot find an opening. Red shirts are snapping at the heels each time the Canaries venture anywhere near the visitors area.

  29. YELLOW CARD

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Martin Olsson speaks to referee

    This is a high stakes game and both teams are committed but the challenges are becoming more rash. Boro's Adam Clayton goes in the book after cleaning out Wes Hoolahan. Norwich's Martin Olsson also sees yellow for a foul that brings a promising Boro attack to an end.

  30. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Brilliant by Lee Tomlin. Tomas Kalas frees up the midfielder who goes on a powerful run deep into Norwich territory before unleashing a powerful 22-yard attempt that flashes just wide. Holes appearing in the Canaries defence as the hosts desperately seek an equaliser.

  31. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Bradley Johnson in action

    Lots of urgency in Norwich's play now. Bradley Johnson and Cameron Jerome in the thick of the action but more frustration as another promising move breaks down. Middlesbrough are 20 minutes away from returning to the top of the table.

  32. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "The way Watford and Bournemouth are going Norwich will be fourth favourites to go up to the Premier League if they don't get back into this match. I just think there will be too much ground to make up and not enough games to get there."

  33. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Twenty five minutes left. Norwich fans are trying to rally their team as the hosts win another corner. Middlesbrough's defence is ice cool as the danger is cleared. It's going to require something special to breach the visitors.

  34. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "Norwich are going to go two up front and it's a really nice partnership Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban have. It's worked well this season and it's all Norwich now."

  35. SUBSTITUTION

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Alex Neil gives instructions

    It's not quite desperation stakes for Norwich but Alex Neil is eager to change things. Off goes midfielder Graham Dorrans and on comes forward Lewis Grabban. Norwich throwing everything to get back into this.

  36. Post update

    Port Vale 1-2 Preston

    Drama at Port Vale as the hosts' Richard Duffy is sent off for handling on the line.

    With 3,000 Preston fans behind the goal Joe Garner smashes in to put the visitors back in front. A win at Vale Park tonight will keep Preston four points clear of the play-off places.

  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    They're going down like flies...another Middlesbrough player down requiring treatment. Jelle Vossen turns his ankle as he tries to dispossess Alexander Tettey. That's the end of Vossen's night. He needs help to make it off the pitch. Adam Forshaw comes into midfield.

  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which Championship players will shine on the Premier League stage next season?

    Ashley Giles: It's about time Andrew Surman at Bournemouth got a fair crack at the Premier League, having already been at Wolves and Norwich.

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only) or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  39. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Alex Neil looks dejected

    Norwich have lost twice in 19 matches under Alex Neil. The former Hamilton manager looks anxious as he strides his technical area while barking instructions. The clock is ticking and Norwich's automatic promotion hopes are in jeopardy.

  40. Post update

    Port Vale 1-1 Preston

    All square at Port Vale as Michael O'Connor sends the Preston keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot. It's Vale's first meaningful chance on goal and we're level.

  41. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    That must hurt! Jelle Vossen doesn't stand a chance as Sebastien Bassong lunges into the Boro player before landing on top of him. Play is held up while Vossen receives treatment. He needs a couple of minutes before climbing to his feet. The Belgian looks like he's been in the ring with Amir Khan...

  42. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    What's up with Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson? His side are currently top of the Championship table but he's sat in the Carrow Road VIP seats looking like an owner whose side is disappearing into League One. Cheer up, Steve!

  43. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    No changes at the break so line-ups remain the same for the second half.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Tettey, Dorrans, Johnson, Hoolahan, Jerome. Subs: Grabban, Hooper, Redmond, Ryan Bennett, Rudd, O'Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe.

    Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Kalas, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Adomah, Leadbitter, Clayton, Tomlin, Vossen, Bamford. Subs: Garcia, Ripley, Whitehead, Reach, Nsue, Amorebieta, Forshaw.

    Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

  44. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    John Ruddy

    Patrick Bamford springs the Norwich off side trap and is clean through. Surely this is 2-0. He only has the keeper to beat but pulls the trigger far too early and John Ruddy saves comfortably. Big chance wasted. And Bamford knows it judging by the look on his face.

  45. KICK-OFF

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Patrick Bamford is back out for the second half. He clearly loves playing through the pain barrier. No changes by either team. We're back under way.

  46. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Albert Adomah and Bradley Johnson

    Former Norwich forward Darren Huckerby: Tough first half, Boro the much better team first 20 minutes, then it was mostly Norwich in control, big second half needed!

  47. Text us on 81111

    Which Championship players will shine on the Premier League stage next season?

    Chris Smith: Troy Deeney definitely would. As would Odion Ighalo and Bamford. Jamie Vardy came from the Conference.

    Bob Kizito: Patrick Bamford is the future at Stamford Bridge.

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only) or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  48. Saturday in the Championship

    So, what are the big games to look out for in the Championship on Saturday?

    Mick McCarthy returns to Wolves for the 12:15 BST game knowing victory for his Ipswich side could all but end his former club's hopes of making the play-offs. Leaders Bournemouth entertain mid-table Sheffield Wednesday, while third-placed Watford host Birmingham. Derby, whose automatic promotion hopes have faded in recent weeks, are at Huddersfield while Brentford must beat Bolton to keep their play-off hopes alive.

    At the bottom, Wigan will be relegated if they lost at home to Brighton, while Millwall, who have a game in hand on their fellow strugglers, will pile the pressure on Rotherham if they win at Cardiff.

  49. As it stands

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Championship table

    Middlesbrough are 45 minutes away from reclaiming top spot in the Championship table. Norwich have lots of work to do to save their automatic promotion hopes from nose diving.

  50. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "It was a brilliant start from Boro, Norwich couldn't handle the pace, they couldn't handle Patrick Bamford. But credit to Norwich they've come back into it and made this a really interesting contest. They should have levelled through Jonny Howson's header and grew stronger as the half went on."

  51. HALF-TIME

    Port Vale 0-1 Preston

    Preston's automatic promotion charge is very much alive alive. They've dominated from the first whistle against Port Vale with Joe Garner going close on two occasions and Jermaine Beckford also looking dangerous.

  52. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "There was a lot of bodies around him, it is a dive, good decision, an excellent decision. He's just gone looking for it by leaving his leg there."

  53. HALF-TIME

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

  54. YELLOW CARD

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Wes Hoolahan temper flares

    Shocking by Wes Hoolahan who tries to con the referee into giving a penalty after crashing to the ground following a darting run into the Norwich penalty area. Television replays showed he dived. Correct decision.

  55. CLOSE!

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Another Norwich free-kick. Graham Dorrans whips it into the Boro area with his right foot and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos completely flaps at it under pressure from Cameron Jerome. Somehow the visitors scramble clear. Then Steven Whittaker tests the keeper with a deflected shot. Norwich ending the half on top.

  56. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Cameron Jerome attacks

    Norwich are building up a head of steam as the half draws to a close but they cannot trouble Boro's well drilled defence. Cameron Jerome has been feeding off scraps but the Norwich forward wins his side a free-kick just outside the area...which comes to nothing. Groans from the home fans.

  57. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Wes Hoolahan tests Dimitrios Konstantopoulos from distance but it's going to require something a bit more convincing to beat Boro's Greek keeper. Aitor Karanka will be delighted with the way his side have taken the game to the hosts.

  58. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which Championship players will shine on the Premier League stage next season?

    Smoebuck: If Wolves make an appearance surely Benik Afobe will be a talent to watch?

    Elliot Stafford: For Derby the players have to be Thorne (If ever fit), Hughes and Martin for us. Have to go through the playoffs first though.

    Early Music World: The whole of the Bournemouth team!

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only) or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  59. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Alex tettey tackle on Albert Adomah

    Premier League class by Jelle Vossen as his brilliant flick opens up the Norwich defence and presents Albert Adomah with a great chance. But it's a League Two finish by Adomah who fires high and wide. Will Boro pay the price for these misses?

  60. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    Albert Adomah celebrates

    "It's a frantic pace, really good to see and it's great advert for Championship football. There is so much riding on this game and you can see that by the way the teams are playing, especially the start that Middlesbrough have made."

  61. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Carrow Road

    Carrow Road is bouncing as Norwich pepper the Boro area. Jonny Howson has an effort blocked by Daniel Ayala on the six-yard line before a move involving Wes Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson and Howson sees the latter miss another chance with a header after good defensive work by Ben Gibson.

  62. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Bamford is playing through the pain barrier but he's struggling. Norwich force a rare corner but Boro have the best defence in the second tier and clear the danger comfortably.

  63. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "He surely won't be able to continue, he's just jarred his ankle when he landed after going up for a header. They are painful it's one of those you can tell straight away how bad it is."

  64. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Bad news for Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford pulls up while chasing a ball pumped into the Norwich half. The on-loan Chelsea player crumples to the ground with pain etched across his face. Will the 17-goal striker continue?

  65. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Bradley Johnson tackles

    Norwich are edging back into this. They've regrouped after the shock of falling behind. There's a break in play as Patrick Bamford receives treatment on the pitch for a knock. Both teams take the opportunity to grab a quick drink on the sidelines. Bamford is back up and play resumes.

  66. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "What a chance, he should be hitting the target from there at the very least. It should be 1-1. He can't believe it."

  67. CLOSE!

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    How did he miss that? Norwich's first serious chance falls to Jonny Howson but the midfielder heads woefully wide of a gaping net after being teed-up by Bradley Johnson's cushioned header across the face of goal.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jeremy Monkey: As a Watford fan, can I say to all Norwich and Middlesbrough fans tonight, may the best team draw. Or win by only one goal.

  69. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Far too easy for Boro. A big chance for Patrick Bamford after more hesitation from the home defence but the on-loan Chelsea man cannot add to his 17 goal tally as John Ruddy saves comfortably in the end. Middlesbrough need to make the most of these opportunities.

  70. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which Championship players will shine on the Premier League stage next season?

    Bradley Coston: Watford's Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo for sure would shine in the Premier League.

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  71. As it stands...

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    An awful long way to go in this game yet but Middlesbrough are top of the 'as it stands' table, one point ahead of Bournemouth who drop to second.

  72. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Norwich are on the ropes. They are saved from falling 2-0 behind by John Ruddy who makes a smart save to deny Lee Tomlin's clever effort from an angle. Boro's large travelling contingent are loving this.

  73. Post update

    Port Vale 0-1 Preston

    Preston make a strong start too, in their crucial match in League One.

    An inswinging corner isn't dealt with by the hosts and the ball falls to Daniel Johnson who smashes in via a deflection for his eighth of the season.

  74. Post update

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "Middlesbrough are certainly not sleeping, it's been an incredible start from them. It's been a dynamic start with both wingers making ground down the flanks, they've been well on top and deserve to be ahead."

  75. GOAL

    Norwich 0-1 Middlesbrough - Tettey (own goal)

    Albert Adomah celebrates

    Middlesbrough are top of the table! It's been coming from the first minute and Boro have the lead after Adam Clayton's corner is headed into his own net by Alexander Tettey under pressure from the impressive Jelle Vossen. Carrow Road is silenced.

  76. Post update

    Norwich 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "It was a great cross and Vossen was unmarked at the back post but he just couldn't get his foot over it. Middlesbrough well on top so far."

  77. Post update

    Norwich 0-0 Middlesbrough

    It's all Middlesbrough. The Canaries are forced to defend a flurry of early corners before Albert Adomah sends in another dangerous cross which is flicked on by Patrick Bamford to Jelle Vossen who flashes just wide.

  78. Post update

    Norwich 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Early pressure on the Norwich defence as Tomas Kalas whips in a dangerous looping cross and Steven Whittaker is forced to head clear before a red shirt can get on the end.

  79. Post update

    Norwich 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Frantic start. Both teams are pumped to the maximum. No-nonsense start by Norwich and Boro who are playing at a high tempo. There's an early foul conceded by Bradley Johnson but the ball is spending more time in the air than on the ground.

  80. LINE-UPS

    Port Vale v Preston (19:45 BST)

    Under way also at Vale Park.

    Port Vale: Neal, Veseli, Duffy, Collins, Dickinson, Dodds, O'Connor, Brown, Marshall, Williamson, Campion. Subs: Yates, Birchall, Pope, Johnson, Daniel, Coulibaly, O'Sullivan.

    Preston: Johnstone, Clarke, Huntington, Wright, Laird, Gallagher, Johnson, Welsh, Robinson, Garner, Beckford. Subs: Humphrey, Kilkenny, Kevin Davies, Woods, Little, Stuckmann, Ebanks-Blake.

    Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland)

  81. KICK-OFF

    Norwich 0-0 Middlesbrough

    We're under way. Who will be top of the Championship in two hours time?

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Jamie Morgan: This feels like a cup final tonight for Middlesbrough. Win and I think someone will slip up, lose and it's the play-off nightmare.

  83. Post update

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Huge noise as both teams emerge. 'Live and Let Die' is being played over the speakers. Win or bust for Norwich and Middlesbrough?

  84. 'Boro well suited for Premier League'

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "Coming into this season there was a lot of expectation on Aitor Karanka and he's been able to carry that through. When you saw where Middlesbrough were headed you started to feel they were on the slide and maybe slip out of the Championship, so you have to credit them for the turnaround, which has been fantastic.

    "Karanka has come in and had to wipe the slate clean in terms of the squad. He's had to bring young players through and they've got quality Championship players in the squad too.

    "If they could add one or two they'd be well suited to staying up if they make it to the Premier League."

  85. Post update

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    The players are in the tunnel, the volume button inside Carrow Road has been cranked up...we're close to kick-off.

    Carrow Road
  86. LINE-UPS

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Just over five minutes to kick-off. Here's a reminder of the teams.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Tettey, Dorrans, Johnson, Hoolahan, Jerome.

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

  87. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which Championship players will shine on the Premier League stage next season?

    Jijil Kakkadathu: Patrick Bamford...but for Chelsea.

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only) or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  88. 'Carrow Road has to be rocking'

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Norwich City manager Alex Neil

    This time last year Alex Neil was preparing Hamilton Academical for a home game against Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Championship. Now the 33-year-old finds himself on the brink of steering Norwich back to the Premier League after a remarkable start to his managerial career at Carrow Road.

    The Canaries were seventh in the table - 10 points off automatic promotion - when former Barnsley midfielder Neil took charge in January.

    "None of the games will get any bigger than the match tonight," the Scot tells BBC Radio Norfolk. "We have to make sure the place is absolutely rocking for the players."

  89. Post update

    Former Liverpool and Preston striker Neil Mellor: An interesting night ahead at top of both the Championship and League 1 with some important games to start the weekend off!

  90. Post update

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Norwich City boss Alex Neil tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We're prepared and know what we need to do. Tonight's game has more relevance because of the limited games remaining. Players, supporters, managers...this is what you want to be involved in. There is nothing worse than your season petering out. My players have responded really well and hopefully we can see the job through."

    Norwich
  91. Big night for Preston?

    Port Vale v Preston (19:45 BST)

    Preston North End fans

    It's not just the Championship that is hosting a match of huge significance tonight. In League One, Simon Grayson's Preston can take a big step towards promotion to the second tier if they win at struggling Port Vale. If second-placed Preston lose then leaders Bristol City will be crowned champions. Score updates from Vale Park here.

  92. 'Lose and you're out'

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Carrow Road

    "Middlesbrough have not been in the best of form recently, Aitor Karanka has admitted that, but for Norwich the turnaround under Alex Neil has been fantastic, their form is very strong.

    "Whoever loses they'll be out of the race for the Championship title. If Middlesbrough lose they are definitely gone and will have to settle for the play-offs. Norwich will have too much on them and Bournemouth too.

    "If Norwich lose then they'll have too much to do as well."

    Carrow Road
  93. On the wireless

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Build-up ahead of tonight's game has started on BBC Radio 5 live with Mark Chapman and is followed by full match commentary at 19:45 BST. Former Everton and Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane is co-commentator. Just click the 'live coverage' tab above to listen.

    Norwich
  94. Calendar boy

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Jose Mourinho (left) with Aitor Karanka

    Did you know Boro boss Aitor Karanka has a Jose Mourinho calendar on his desk? It is a reminder of their time together at Real Madrid. I wonder if three-time Champions League winner Karanka has circled 2 May? That is the date Teesside will host a party to remember if the Spaniard can secure automatic promotion on the final day of the Championship season.

  95. Big time Karanka

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    It's six years since Middlesbrough last graced the Premier League stage. Two thousands one hundred and fifty four days to be precise or 307 weeks and five days. Boro finished 19th under Gareth Southgate after a season that brought them seven wins. Since then Gordon Strachan and Tony Mowbray have come and gone but it is Aitor Karanka, Jose Mourinho's No 2 at Real Madrid, who is threatening to bring the big time back to Teesside.

  96. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Cameron Jerome has scored 18 league goals during Norwich's promotion charge while Patrick Bamford has managed 17 for Middlesbrough. But which Championship players will shine on the Premier League stage next season? Burnley's Danny Ings and QPR's Charlie Austin have both made eye-catching contributions after making the step up.

    Can Bournemouth's Callum Wilson do the business if the Cherries go up? Has Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah got the pace to trouble top-flight defences? Will Jonny Howson adapt if Norwich get promoted.

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  97. Lush

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    Carrow Road

    Just over half an hour before kick-off and clear blue sky above Carrow Road. Just look at that pitch. End of season? It looks more like a surface for a pre-season game. Lush.

  98. Post update

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    Former Norwich City forward Darren Huckerby: Great day to be involved with Norwich City #calmbeforestorm #racefortheprem

  99. Simple maths

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    Championship table

    It's the most enthralling race to the Premier League in years. Two hundred and seventy minutes of the season remaining and two of Bournemouth, Norwich, Watford and Middlesbrough can still secure automatic promotion. Just one point and two places separate Norwich and Middlesbrough. Tonight's maths is simple. The winners at Carrow Road will replace Bournemouth at the top of the table - albeit for a few hours. The maths for the last two games of the season? Not so simple.

  100. Team news

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    One change to the Norwich City line up that started the 2-0 win at Leeds United on Tuesday, with Bradley Johnson returning in place of Nathan Redmond.

    Middlesbrough make two changes to the team that overcame Wolves 2-1 on Tuesday as former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala replaces Jonathan Woodgate and Grant Leadbitter comes in for Adam Forshaw.

  101. Automatic promotion the aim

    Norwich v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

    Both Norwich and Middlesbrough are guaranteed a place in the play-offs whatever happens in the last three games. But automatic promotion to the Premier League is the only thing these two are thinking about. The winners tonight will take a huge step closer to the top flight. The losers? Well, they may have to accept the only way they are going to mix it with the big boys next season is by winning the end of season lottery.

  102. Wembley? No thanks...

    Wembley Stadium

    Wembley Stadium...a place where dreams come true. A place where heroes are born and losers quickly forgotten. A place every player wants to play, fans want to go. A place brimming with champagne memories. A place Norwich City and Middlesbrough are desperate to avoid on Monday 25 May.