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Summary

  1. Reading beat Cardiff to move up to third
  2. Nigel Clough's Burton win at QPR
  3. Burton allow Clough to talk to Forest
  4. Barnsley beat local rivals Rotherham
  5. Norwich ease past Birmingham
  6. Last-gasp Preston draw with Ipswich

Live Reporting

By Rob Stevens and Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    #bbcefl

    That's it for our coverage of today's English Football League action.

    Remember - there's still plenty of coverage of the remaining FA Cup games on the BBC Sport website this weekend.  

    We'll be back on Tuesday when Reading will look to close the gap to the top two when they travel to Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham in one of seven Championship games.

    There's also three games in League Two to look forward to. Until then, goodbye.

  2. Recap: Tykes overcome Millers again

    Rotherham United 0-1 Barnsley

    Adam Armstrong hit a second-half winner as Barnsley won the South Yorkshire derby at Rotherham.

    The Tykes continued their dominance over their local rivals, winning for the seventh time in the last 11 league meetings.

    Barnsley move a point behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday while rock-bottom Rotherham are now 11 points from safety - with a vastly inferior goal difference.

  3. Recap: Kermorgant free-kick gives Royals victory

    Reading 2-1 Cardiff City

    Reading reclaimed third place in the Championship with a hard-fought victory over Cardiff City.

    After Joe Ralls' penalty cancelled out John Swift's first-half opener, Yann Kermorgant's free-kick gave the Royals a vital three points.

  4. Recap: Burton move clear of drop zone

    Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Burton Albion

    Nigel Clough put aside speculation about becoming Nottingham Forest boss to guide his Burton side to victory at QPR.

    Goals from Luke Murphy and Lloyd Dyer were enough to win the game, despite Conor Washington pulling one back for Rangers.

    The results moves the Brewers three points clear of the relegation zone.

  5. Recap: Lilywhites and Tractor Boys share the spoils

    Preston North End 1-1 Ipswich Town

    Jordan Hugill rescued a point for Preston against Ipswich, a side that has twice attempted to sign the striker recently.

    The Lilywhites are now unbeaten in five league games and are four points off the play-off places.

    Ipswich remain in mid-table, 10 points behind the top six and 10 above the bottom three.

  6. Recap: Zola still waiting for Blues win

    Norwich City 2-0 Birmingham City

    Cameron Jerome scored for Norwich against former club Birmingham as Gianfranco Zola's winless run as Blues boss goes on.

    The Italian is yet to taste victory in nine games in all competitions since taking over from Gary Rowett last month.

    Birmingham are now eight points off the top six but Norwich move to two points behind Sheffield Wednesday, who sit in the final play-off spot.

  7. Here's what you might've missed...

    Joining us late? Been out of the loop all afternoon? Well, look no further!

    It's time to begin recapping everything you might've missed in our five Championship matches...

  8. League Two round-up

    John Marquis

    The Marquis of Goals himself, John Marquis, helped himself to two more as Doncaster ran away with a 3-0 win at Yeovil this afternoon.

    Notts County have enjoyed a bit of positivity this week with their transfer embargo being lifted by the EFL, and their first win since October was enough to drag them out of the bottom two. Jonathan Forte got the winner with minutes remaining.

    Exeter made it five wins on the bounce to keep up their promotion hopes away to Portsmouth, while, at the other end of the table, bottom side Newport handed Dave Jones a losing start to life in charge of Hartlepool, winning 3-1 at Rodney Parade.

  9. League One round-up

    Josh Morris and Harry Toffolo celebrate a goal

    Scunthorpe go to the top of League One after a hard-earned 3-2 win against Port Vale, with Sheffield United not in action this afternoon. Josh Morris' 19th of the season played a key role in the Irons' victory.

    MK Dons scored four goals in little more than 30 minutes to demolish Peterborough. Harvey Barnes, Kieran Agard and Chuks Aneke - who scored twice - secured the points.

    Bolton Wanderers lost at home to lose a bit of ground at the top, Charlton Athletic winning 2-1 at the Macron Stadium despite going down to 10 men.

    And it was a goal-fest at Gigg Lane, where Bury and Walsall shared six goals in the process of picking up a point apiece. Real pendulum-swinging stuff!

  10. Follow the FA Cup on the BBC

    FA Cup

    There's been some decent stories across the EFL this afternoon - all of which we'll be wrapping up during the next half an hour or so - but it's hard to argue against the FA Cup trumping us today.

    We've had some extraordinary drama and upsets up and down the country, all of which you can follow reaction to by clicking here.

  11. Unsavoury scenes at Sixfields

    Coventry fans protesting at Northampton

    Unfortunately the major story in League One this afternoon was around what should not have been on the field rather than what should.

    Coventry fans protesting against their owners Sisu over long-standing grievances relating to the ground and general running of the club launched flares and made several pitch invasions to delay the match.

    As for the game itself, their team, reduced to 10 men, were routed by Northampton - ironically on the ground in which they were tenants a few years ago. Keshi Anderson snatched a hat-trick in a 3-0 win.

  12. How it stands

    #bbcefl

    Today's results have had an impact at both ends of the Championship table.

    Reading are up to third place after beating Cardiff at home. The Royals are now six points behind second-placed Newcastle.

    Play-off hopefuls Barnsley and Norwich have upped the pressure on sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday. The Tykes are one point behind the Owls in 7th, with the Canaries a point and a place further behind.

    Preston move up to 10th with a draw against Ipswich.

    Burton, meanwhile, are up to 20th place thanks to victory at QPR. The Brewers are now three points above the bottom three.

    Take a look at the full Championship table here.

  13. FULL-TIME

    Rotherham 0-1 Barnsley

    South Yorkshire bragging rights are going the way of Barnsley, who have beaten bottom side Rotherham United.

    Adam Armstrong's second-half goal proved the difference.

    Adam Armstrong
  14. FULL-TIME

    QPR 1-2 Burton

    Burton end a run of three straight league defeats to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

    A reminder - earlier today Brewers boss Nigel Clough was granted permission to speak to Nottingham Forest about their managerial vacancy.

    Meanwhile, QPR's four-match unbeaten run in the Championship is over.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Preston 1-1 Ipswich

    Mick McCarthy's Ipswich are denied what would have been a crucial three points by a late Jordan Hugill goal, a player the Tractor Boys have been trying to sign.

    Jordan Hugill
  16. FULL-TIME

    Reading 2-1 Cardiff

    Reading go third in the Championship with victory over Cardiff, their seventh home win in eight.

    The Royals' points tally of 52 points matches their entire total from the 2015-16 campaign.

    Jaap Stam's side are now six points behind second-placed Newcastle and eight points clear of 7th place.

  17. FULL-TIME

    Norwich 2-0 Birmingham

    Norwich close the gap to sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday to two points.

    Birmingham's wretched form since sacking Gary Rowett last month continues.

  18. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Norwich 2-0 Birmingham.

    It's not going to be Birmingham's day.

    Kerim Frei feeds Craig Gardner on the edge of the box but his powerful shot strikes the bar.

    That surely means it'll be nine games without a win for Blues boss Gianfranco Zola.

    Craig Gardner
  19. Post update

    Reading 2-1 Cardiff

    Reading have four minutes of injury time to endure at the MAdejski Stadium.

    Cardiff are still pressing.

    Royals keeper Ali Al-Habsi did well moments ago to punch clear PEter Whittingham's corner, with bodies all around him in the six-yard box.  

  20. Sky Blues slumping at Sixfields

    Keshi Anderson

    The mood among the Coventry City support will certainly not have been helped by Keshi Anderson's hat-trick for Northampton. Three goals without reply. It's been miserable.

    Walsall's comeback is complete, they now lead Bury 3-2 thanks to Jason McCarthy's goal. Bury were flying, 2-0 up at the break... but Erhun Oztumer and McCarthy goals have flipped it.

    Southend's day has been spoiled at the last. Having coped with taxi rides from the station, the loss of a key player to injury in the warm-up, they did go a goal up. However, David Ball has popped up with a 90th minute equaliser.

    MK Dons have steamed into a 4-0 lead against Peterborough. Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony's Twitter feed might make interesting reading tonight...