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Summary

  1. Cardiff beat Hull and close gap on leaders Wolves to four points
  2. Sunderland beat Fulham for first home win in 2017
  3. Wins for third-placed Bristol City and fourth-placed Derby
  4. Birmingham go bottom after loss to QPR; Burton beat Bolton
  5. League One leaders Wigan thrash AFC Wimbledon
  6. Luton first EFL side to pass 50 goals this season in win at Forest Green

Live Reporting

By James Law and Brent Pilnick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and goodbye

    FT: Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Well there ends another exciting Saturday of EFL action here on BBC Sport.

    It's as you were at the top of the Championship with Cardiff City winning the late game to stay four points behind Wolves and four ahead of Bristol City, who beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 earlier today.

    In League One, Wigan are also four points clear after winning 4-0 on their first-ever trip to AFC Wimbledon, while Luton have opened up a two-point gap at the top of League Two after their 2-0 win at Forest Green Rovers, who have slipped to the foot of the table.

  2. Saturday's Championship headlines

    Sunderland celebrate their home win over Fulham

    With all our games now over for the day, here's a reminder of today's Championship headlines:

    • Cardiff beat Hull City in the late game to close the gap on leaders Wolves to four points.
    • Sunderland get their first home win in 364 days thanks to 18-year-old Josh Maja's goal five minutes after coming on for his senior debut against Fulham.
    • Birmingham drop to the foot of the Championship after losing 2-1 at home to QPR - who claimed their first away win since February with Jack Robinson's brace.
    • Goals from Marlon Pack and Joe Bryan helped third-placed Bristol City beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.
    • Derby consolidate fourth place with a 2-0 win at home to fifth-placed Aston Villa.
    • Lloyd Dyer's volley helps Burton move off the bottom and above opponents Bolton.
  3. Sol Bamba is 'a colossus' says Warnock

    FT: Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Cardiff boss Neil Warnock

    Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock showered skipper Sol Bamba with praise after this evening's victory.

    "I wouldn't swap him for anybody in the Premier League or the Championship, he's a colossus," Warnock told Sky Sports.

    "It's a great platform when you've got a spine like that.

    "When you think we've got four or five of our first-team players coming back in the next few weeks it's given us that incentive today. It's as good a three points as we'll ever get in the circumstances today."

  4. Reaction: Cardiff 'showed so much character'

    FT: Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Lee Tomlin

    Cardiff City midfielder Lee Tomlin told Sky Sports:

    "It was a tough first half for me, not feeling the best, but I tried to dig deep.

    "We showed so much character in the end to get the win and see the game out.

    "We've got a tight group and hopefully we can carry on."

  5. The view from the top

    FT: Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Here's what Cardiff's win means in the Championship promotion race.

    They and Wolves are looking strong going into the Christmas programme.

    Top of the Championship
  6. FULL-TIME

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Cardiff celebrate their winner against Hull

    It's all over - Cardiff have closed the gap on leaders Wolves to four points - Sol Bamba's 57th-minute header the difference between the two sides.

  7. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Cardiff keeping the ball by the Hull City corner flag as they run the clock down.

  8. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Hull send a long ball upfield to Jarrod Bowen, but Sol Bamba does well to get himself between the ball and the forward.

    Hull not creating an awful lot here - everything going long into the box as they try and snatch something late on.

  9. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Four minutes of stoppage time - can Hull rescue a point here in Cardiff?

  10. Cardiff fans in fine voice

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Michael Pearlman

    BBC Wales Sport at the Cardiff City Stadium

    Sol Bamba scores

    No doubt who the hero of Cardiff is....

    Wham's Last Christmas is being belted out at the Cardiff City Stadium, with the words "someone special," being replaced with "Sol Bamba".

    How very festive....

  11. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Ondrej Mazuch has a shot from close range well saved by Neil Etheridge.

    Not quite as powerful as it could have been and it was relatively straightforward for the Bluebirds' keeper.

  12. 'I'll stay grounded and humble'

    FT: Sunderland 1-0 Fulham

    Josh Maja

    Josh Maja scored on his league debut to give struggling Sunderland their first win at the Stadium of Light in nearly a year with victory over Fulham, moving them out of the drop-zone.

    Sunderland matchwinner Josh Maja told BBC Newcastle: "It was just a crazy feeling to score my first league goal, especially against my old club Fulham, and I'm just buzzing with the victory.

    "I think the manager has more belief in each and every single one of the players.

    "I'll be enjoying the moment but I'll stay grounded and humble and keep working hard to stay in the team."

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    This time Lee Tomlin does come off. Greg Halford is his replacement.

  14. SUBSTITUTION

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    The impressive Lee Tomlin was meant to come off, but Lee Peltier has gone down injured, so Tomlin says on.

    The change sees Callum Paterson come on in his place.

  15. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Seb Larsson blasts one just over the Cardiff City bar. it was always rising, but looked dangerous.

    Just over 10 minutes left for Hull to try to find an equaliser.

  16. 'I asked the doping people to test him'

    FT: Birmingham 1-2 QPR

    Jack Robinson

    Jack Robinson's double gave QPR their first away success of the season with a narrow win at lowly Birmingham City, ending a 17-match winless run away from Loftus Road.

    On Jack Robinson, QPR boss Ian Holloway quipped: "It is 115 games without him scoring in the league and I have just asked the doping people to test him. Something must be going on. Joking apart, the boy has been magnificent.

    "I must say I am so proud of him. I am bursting with pride and I told him that before the game.

    "The away win has been a long time coming but we have had to shake it off. This division is frightening as there are teams who have gone eight games without a win."

  17. 'We are resilient this year'

    FT: Bristol City 2-1 Nott'm Forest

    Bristol City

    Bristol City continued their impressive form with a hard-fought home victory over Nottingham Forest, their fourth successive Championship win. Both home goals came from outside the box.

    Asked if his or Marlon Pack's strike was better, Joe Bryan said: "I think Marlon's was better - he deserves it, his GIF was good as well.

    "We are resilient this year and we can grind out victories."

    Those Bristol City Twitter GIFs just keep on entertaining everyone...

  18. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Another Lee Tomlin chance and another great Michael Dawson block. Junior Hoilett with a lovely back heel on the penalty spot out to Tomlin who is five yards left of him.

    Tomlin shoots hard and low but Dawson is in the way again.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    Cardiff make a change as Omar Bogle replaces Anthony Pilkington.

  20. Post update

    Cardiff City 1-0 Hull City

    That man Lee Tomlin again. If anyone deserves a goal tonight it is him.

    This time he jinks past a couple of players on the edge of the box and shoots only for Allan McGregor to save at the second attempt having fumbled the initial strike.