Norwich City continue to move towards promotion following a packed round of action, as the Championship now takes a fortnight break to make way for international football.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries saw their nine match winning run ended at Carrow Road as Blackburn fought back to clinch a 1-1 draw, after Kenny McLean’s opener from his one-two with Kieran Dowell was cancelled out by Sam Gallagher’s header from Harvey Elliott’s free-kick.
Goals from Ken Sema, Nathaniel Chalobah and Andre Gray saw Watford clinch a 3-0 home win over Birmingham City, as the Hornets remain second but now sit eight points behind Norwich.
Swansea remain third despite suffering consecutive defeats for the first time since November 2019, as Aden Flint headed in an eighth minute winner for Welsh rivals, Cardiff at the Liberty Stadium to lift the Bluebirds to eighth.
Brentford stay fourth after Ivan Toney’s 12th minute penalty was cancelled out by Filip Krovinovic’s 63rd minute strike in a 1-1 home draw against Nottingham Forest.
Fifth-placed Barnsley saw their 12 league match unbeaten run ended at home to second-bottom Sheffield Wednesday, as Jordan Rhodes netted twice for the Owls in a tense Yorkshire derby despite Carlton Morris’ late consolation for the Tykes.
Yakou Meite’s 57th minute smash rescued sixth-placed Reading a vital point after Lyndon Dykes had tapped QPR in front in a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.
Bournemouth remain seventh despite their league trip to Huddersfield being postponed due to the Cherries’ FA Cup Quarter-Final, which they lost 3-0 to Southampton to end the involvement of all Championship clubs in this season’s FA Cup.
Down in the relegation zone, Wycombe sit 11 points off safety after digging deep for a potentially vital point in a goalless draw at Coventry.
Headers from Michael Smith and Richard Wood saw Rotherham move to within three points of safety in a comfortable win at Bristol City, as the Millers enter the run-in with four games in hand on their relegation rivals.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough missed a huge opportunity to close in on the play-offs after Grant Hall diverted Jed Wallace’s cross into his own net to give Millwall a narrow home win.
Derby’s winless run extended to seven matches after Jacob Brown headed in a 74th minute winner for Stoke, leaving Wayne Rooney’s Rams five points clear of the relegation zone.
Finally, Preston’s Daniel Iversen deflected James Collins’ rebound into his own net to give Luton their first victory at Deepdale since January 1972.