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Sky Bet Championship: Leaders Norwich lose at home as Forest are held and Derby win

Norwich retained top spot in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night despite being beaten at home by Charlton.

The Canaries were undone by Johnnie Jackson's 86th-minute strike at Carrow Road, but Nottingham Forest missed an opportunity to go above them.

Forest were held 0-0 on their travels by Wigan, and although that was enough to haul them level on 20 points with Norwich, their goal difference is marginally inferior.

Watford marked Billy McKinlay's appointment as head coach earlier in the week by also moving to the 20-point mark following a 2-1 victory over Brentford at Vicarage Road.

McKinlay, replacement for Oscar Garcia after he stepped down for health reasons, saw his side scrap for victory. They led when Odion Ighalo scored from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Brentford goalkeeper David Button, but Jonathan Douglas hauled the visitors level after 57 minutes.

Matej Vidra then came up trumps for Watford with a superb winner 20 minutes from time, yet the Hornets still had to endure a nervous finale following Daniel Pudil's dismissal for a second yellow card during stoppage time.

Derby marked manager Steve McClaren's first year in charge by seeing off Bournemouth 2-0 at Pride Park, where both goals arrived following Cherries goalkeeper Lee Camp's 68th-minute red card for a professional foul.

With former Derby keeper Camp out of the action, Will Hughes struck nine minutes from time to open Derby's account, then prolific marksman Chris Martin pounced during the dying seconds to wrap up three points and take County fourth.

Ipswich remained in fifth after a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, where Atdhe Nuhiu's early header put Wednesday ahead before substitute Jonny Williams drew Ipswich level midway through the second period.

Elsewhere, bottom club Blackpool held hosts Middlesbrough 1-1 as former Boro player Ishmael Miller cancelled out Daniel Ayala's goal for the home side, and Rotherham saw off Blackburn 2-0 thanks to goals by Kari Arnason and Luciano Becchio.

Cardiff, who hope to appoint Russell Slade as their new manager later this week, drew 1-1 at Brighton after Kenwyne Jones equalised within a minute of Bruno putting Brighton ahead, and Birmingham were 3-1 winners away to Millwall courtesy of goals by Clayton Donaldson, David Cotterill and Wes Thomas. Lee Gregory scored for Millwall.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Leaders Norwich lose at home as Forest are held and Derby win


  • Norwich retained top spot in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night despite being beaten at home by Charlton.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Charlton score in closing stages against Norwich to win


  • Norwich remain top of the Sky Bet Championship despite a late Johnnie Jackson goal giving Charlton a 1-0 away victory.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan and Nottingham Forest play out even draw


  • Nottingham Forest missed out on the chance to go top of the Championship after an entertaining 0-0 draw with Wigan.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Rotherham secure famous victory over Blackburn


  • Rotherham proved they have what it takes to prosper in the Sky Bet Championship after beating Blackburn 2-0 at New York Stadium.

  • Championship: Vincent Tan remains optimistic at Cardiff City despite problems


  • Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan admits he is unsure if he would have taken control of the club if he knew of the issues he would face in his time in charge.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Will Hughes & Chris Martin score as Derby beat Bournemouth 2-0


  • Derby marked head coach Steve McClaren's first year in charge with a deserved 2-0 victory over a Bournemouth side reduced to 10 men by the sending-off of goalkeeper Lee Camp.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Watford overcome Brentford with stunning Matej Vydra goal


  • Matej Vydra's thunderous strike got Billy McKinlay's Watford tenure off to a great start with a 2-1 win over Brentford.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Jonny Williams helped Ipswich to a point at Sheffield Wednesday


  • Substitute Jonny Williams celebrated his return to Ipswich with a fine equaliser as the Suffolk side maintained their impressive recent record against Sheffield Wednesday with a 1-1 draw.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Birmingham seal rare away win against Millwall


  • Birmingham finally shook off their travel sickness with a 3-1 win at Millwall which deepened the gloom at The Den.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Ishmael Miller strikes as Blackpool draw 1-1 at Middlesbrough


  • Blackpool collected just their third Sky Bet Championship point of the season when holding play-off chasing Middlesbrough to a 1-1 draw at the Riverside.

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