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Summary

  1. Brighton beat Birmingham to go top
  2. Murray, Hemed & Hunemeier score for Seagulls
  3. Nugent hat-trick gives Derby 4-2 win over Fulham
  4. Preston hammer struggling Bristol City 5-0
  5. Brentford beat Leeds & Sheff Wed win at R'ham
  6. Bolton beat Southend in League One

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Uwe Hunemeier

    That's it for tonight then, on a happy night for fans of Brighton, Reading and Preston in particular, but one to forget for struggling Bristol City and Wigan.

    Sheffield Wednesday and Derby also gave their play-off hopes a boost. You sense there's plenty of top-class drama to come before this EFL season reaches a conclusion.

    Do join us again tomorrow night from 19:00 BST.

    Until then, you can find all of tonight's Championship reports right here.  Good night!

  2. Coming up on Wednesday

    Dwight Gayle

    Brighton may be top tonight but their stay at the summit could well be rather short-lived, with Newcastle back in action again tomorrow.

    The Magpies are at home to lowly Burton - but don't be fooled into thinking that'll be a certain three points. The two sides may be miles apart in terms of resources and points, but the Brewers have already upset a few of the high-flying teams this season, including Huddersfield on Saturday.

    Speaking of the Terriers, they're at home to Norwich on Wednesday and will be hoping to keep the runaway top two as honest as possible heading in to the run-in.

    We'll have live text commentary of both those Championship fixtures here on the BBC Sport website from 19:00 BST.

  3. League One round-up

    Mark Beevers

    The big result of the night in the third tier undoubtedly came at Roots Hall, where Mark Beevers goal in stoppage time gave Bolton a precious victory over Southend.

    Wanderers remain in second, three points off first-placed Sheffield United and, most crucially, 10 points clear of third-placed Fleetwood.

    Elsewhere, Karl Robinson's former side MK Dons won 2-0 at his current club Charlton, Rochdale eased to a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Port Vale and promotion hopefuls Millwall beat lowly Shrewsbury.

  4. As it stands

    The bottom six

    Bottom six

    Meanwhile, defeats for all of bottom five clubs make it a pretty good night for Burton Albion, who don't play until tomorrow.

  5. As it stands

    The top six

    Here's what those results have done to the top of the Championship table tonight...

    Top six

    Sheffield Wednesday are back into the top six at the first time of asking thanks to their win at Rotherham, combined with Fulham's loss at Derby.

  6. The Championship full-times

    Here's how the games in the Championship finished up, including that late kick-off at the Madejski...

    • Aston Villa 1-0 QPR
    • Barnsley 0-0 Cardiff
    • Brentford 2-0 Leeds
    • Brighton 3-1 Birmingham
    • Derby 4-2 Fulham
    • Ipswich 3-0 Wigan
    • Preston 5-0 Bristol City
    • Rotherham 0-2 Sheff Wed
    • Wolves 1-0 Nott'm Forest
    • Reading 3-1 Blackburn
  7. FULL-TIME

    Reading 3-1 Blackburn

    Yann Kermorgant

    That's it. Reading are up to third! They're surely heading for at least a play-off spot.

    Blackburn stay 22nd.

  8. Latest

    Reading 3-1 Blackburn

    They are into stoppage time at the Madejski Stadium in tonight's late game.

    Reading are heading third in the table.

  9. Post update

    FT: Brentford 2-0 Leeds

    Leeds have lost a second away game in four days. Not a great night for them, but Brentford were excellent in the first half. Credit to the mid-table Bees.

    Leeds stay fifth, now five points above seventh spot.

  10. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 1-0 QPR; FT: Barnsley 0-0 Cardiff

    Barnsley dominated possession at home to Cardiff but neither side could break the deadlock.

  11. FT: Brighton 3-1 Birmingham

    Brighton v Birmingham

    The Seagulls are 10 points clear of third-placed Reading in the table as it stands. That's a big cushion, with six games to go.

    Premier League football in 2017-18 is looking more and more likely for Chris Hughton's men.

  12. FULL-TIME

    Brighton 3-1 Birmingham

    Brighton go top of the Championship! They were very comfortable tonight.

  13. Post update

    FT: Wolves 1-0 Nottingham Forest

    Five wins in a row for Wolves. They'll be playing Championship football next season.

    Forest pushed for a late leveller but had Danny Fox sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time.

  14. Bolton leave it late in League One...

    Southend 0-1 Bolton

    Bolton have just struck a big old goal at the top of the League One table, as Mark Beevers fires home to surely give second-placed Wanderers victory at Southend.

    We're into injury time at Roots Hall.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Derby 4-2 Fulham

    Gary Rowett's Derby march on. Fulham drop out of the top six.

  16. Post update

    FT: Preston 5-0 Bristol City

    Tammy Abraham

    A terrible night for Lee Johnson's Bristol City.

    But delirium for Preston - they're only five points off a play-off spot! Could they make a late dash for the top six?

  17. CLOSE!

    Derby 4-2 Fulham

    Fulham will slip out of the play-off places tonight. Floyd Ayite has a chance for his hat-trick to make it 4-3 late on, but he slices wide.

  18. GOAL: Reading 3-1 Blackburn

    Garath McCleary

    Sorry Blackburn fans... That didn't last long. Reading's two-goal advantage is restored almost immediately, through Garath McCleary.  The Royals are back in control.

  19. GOAL: Reading 2-1 Blackburn

    Elliott Bennett

    What a stunner! Elliott Bennett gives Rovers hope as he half-volleys in with a beauty from outside the area.

    That's the goal of the night.

  20. Post update

    Ipswich 3-0 Wigan

    Freddie Sears

    Freddie Sears makes Ipswich's win safe, tucking in on the rebound to make it 3-0.

    Their eight-match winless run is ending tonight. Relief for Mick McCarthy's men. This will move them nine points clear of the relegation zone.