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Hornets sting Leeds, Derby downed

Watford reaffirmed their automatic Sky Bet Championship promotion hopes by defeating Leeds 3-1 to close the gap on leaders Derby, who lost 2-0 at Fulham.

Billy Sharp struck an early opener for Leeds on his return to the side and Rudy Austin added a second, but Troy Deeney reduced the deficit shortly before the interval and Matej Vydra fired his ninth and 10th goals of the season as Watford won 3-2 to climb within three points of Derby.

Steve McClaren's side went behind to first-half goals from Nikolay Bodurov and Cauley Woodrow at Fulham and never recovered, while Middlesbrough lost by the same 2-0 scoreline at Sheffield Wednesday.

Boro slipped to a second defeat in their last three league games as Wednesday struck twice in as many minutes early in the second half at Hillsborough through Atdhe Nuhiu's penalty and Will Keane's header.

Nottingham Forest are still unbeaten under manager Dougie Freedman after a 3-0 win at Reading, where second-half goals from Ben Osborn, Matty Fryatt and Gary Gardner clinched a third straight league win.

Bournemouth were unable to capitalise on their promotion rivals' slip-ups as they were held to a goalless home draw by Blackburn after kick-off had been delayed 30 minutes due to traffic congestion that had held up the visitors' team coach.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell made an unhappy first return to former club Charlton, where goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Tony Watt, who struck twice, secured the home side a comfortable 3-0 win.

Brentford defender James Tarkowski's own goal was enough to seal victory for Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Bakary Sako struck his 12th goal of the season and the only goal of the game as Wolves maintained their play-off chase with a 1-0 win at Cardiff and Zach Clough's solitary strike clinched Bolton a 1-0 home win against Brighton.

Kari Arnason headed an 85th-minute winner for Rotherham after Danny Ward had cancelled out Martyn Woolford's opener for Millwall in a 2-1 home win for the Millers.

Wigan clinched their first league win in 11 games as Bo-Kyung Kim and Harry Maguire both scored their first goals for the club. James McClean added a late third to condemn bottom club Blackpool to a 3-1 home defeat. Gary Madine scored the hosts' late consolation.


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  • Hornets sting Leeds, Derby downed


  • Watford reaffirmed their automatic Sky Bet Championship promotion hopes by defeating Leeds 3-1 to close the gap on leaders Derby, who lost 2-0 at Fulham.

  • South Yorkshire Police launch investigation into Rotherham-Millwall violence


  • South Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation following violent scenes towards the end and following Saturday's Championship match between Rotherham and Millwall.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Fulham grab crucial 2-0 home win over Derby


  • Fulham boosted their Championship survival bid and dented Derby's automatic promotion hopes with a shock 2-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Blackburn hold Bournemouth to 0-0 draw at the Goldsands Stadium


  • Bournemouth were thwarted in their search for a late winner as they played out a 0-0 draw with Blackburn in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Zach Clough nets winner as Bolton down Brighton


  • Zach Clough ensured Bolton returned to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship with his sixth goal of the season as they defeated Brighton 1-0.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Birmingham return to winning ways against Brentford


  • Birmingham returned to winning ways with a crucial 1-0 home victory over promotion-chasing Brentford to ease their fears of dropping back into the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Tony Watt's brace helps Charlton cruise past Huddersfield


  • Tony Watt ensured Huddersfield manager Chris Powell suffered a nightmare return to former club Charlton as he netted a brace in his side's 3-0 win.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Rotherham fight back to stun struggling Millwall


  • Rotherham staged an impressive second-half comeback to win 2-1 and boost their Sky Bet Championship survival hopes while damaging Millwall's chances of staying in the division.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bakary Sako winner sees Wolves to 1-0 win over Cardiff


  • Wolves boosted their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes as Bakary Sako's strike gave them a 1-0 win over 10-man Cardiff and spoiled Vincent Tan's return to the Welsh capital.

  • Matej Vydra scores twice as Watford beat Leeds 3-2 in Championship


  • Watford proved their promotion credentials as they came from 2-0 down to beat Leeds 3-2 in an Elland Road thriller.

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