Norwich City took a huge step towards automatic promotion on a huge weekend of Sky Bet Championship action, which saw four of the top six teams taste defeat as the play-off hunt grows tighter.
Teemu Pukki’s 17th minute strike from Emiliano Buendia’s through ball proved enough to snatch a narrow win over Rotherham at Carrow Road.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries consequently extended their lead at the Championship summit to seven points, after Brentford fell to a third consecutive defeat in six days as Tyler Walker’s brace handed Coventry victory at St Andrew’s.
Swansea fell to a shock 4-1 defeat at Huddersfield as Duane Holmes netted twice to help the Terriers to their first league double over the Swans since 2006-07 season.
Quick-fire first half goals from Joao Pedro and Will Hughes therefore sent Watford third above Swansea, despite William’s Troost-Ekong’s own goal offering Derby late but hopeless hope of snatching a point.
Fifth-placed Reading suffered a third consecutive home loss as two goals in seven minutes from Ashley Fletcher and Marc Bola gave Middlesbrough victory at the Madejski Stadium, moving the eighth-placed Teessiders to within three points of the play-off spots.
Bournemouth round out the top six despite Todd Kane lashing a 83rd minute winner for QPR, after Shane Long had cancelled out Stefan Johansen’s opener for The Hoops.
Down in the relegation zone, Wycombe remain rooted to the foot of the Championship despite holding Millwall to a goalless draw at The Den.
Sheffield Wednesday saw Liam Shaw red carded for a rash tackle as they remain second-bottom after losing a relegation six-pointer to Birmingham, as Scott Hogan flicked in a 63rd minute winner from Jeremie Bela’s shot to lift the Brummies out of the drop zone at Rotherham’s expense.
Elsewhere, Cardiff ran riot in a four goal mauling of Preston at the Cardiff City Stadium to move to within three points of Bournemouth, despite staying seventh in the standings with Kieffer Moore, Josh Murphy, Marlon Pack and Mark Harris all finding the net.
Bristol City began life without Dean Holden following his midweek sacking on a whimper as Carlton Morris tapped in a 67th minute winner for Barnsley from a goalmouth scramble at Ashton Gate.
Nick Powell grabbed a brace whilst Steven Fletcher rolled in a third as Stoke thrashed Luton at the BET365 Stadium.
Finally, Alex Mighten’s 26th minute strike proved enough for Nottingham Forest to clinch victory over Blackburn, as Brice Samba denied Adam Armstrong an equaliser from the penalty spot after conceding the spot-kick himself.