Norwich City moved one step closer towards automatic promotion after teams contested the second round of a packed Easter double-header.
Teemu Pukki struck a hat-trick and provided an assist as Norwich ran riot in a seven goal thrashing of Huddersfield at Carrow Road, with Emiliano Buendia making three assists and netting once as Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell and Jordan Hugill also scored.
Ismaila Sarr’s 32nd minute opener at the Riverside Stadium was cancelled out by Yannick Bolasie’s 78th minute header as Middlesbrough fought back for a 1-1 draw against second-placed Watford.
Brentford climbed to third with a point after finding themselves held to an unexpected goalless draw at home to Birmingham City.
Swansea fell to fourth after suffering a fourth straight defeat as Matt Grimes deflected Scott Sinclair’s effort into his own goal, gifting Preston a narrow late winner at the Liberty Stadium.
Daryl Dike’s second half brace clinched a 2-1 win for Barnsley away at Luton, despite James Collins’ late curled consolatory goal for the Hatters.
Reading round out the top six as goals from Michael Olise, George Puscas and Lucas Joao clinched a 3-1 home victory over Derby at the Madejski Stadium, despite Tom Lawrence smashing in a 30 yard strike across into the top right corner.
Down in the relegation zone, Wycombe remain rooted to the bottom despite running out 3-0 winners at third-bottom Rotherham, as goals from Admiral Muskwe, Jason McCarthy and David Wheeler saw the Chairboys move to within nine points of safety.
Sheffield Wednesday remain second bottom after running riot in a five goal mauling of Cardiff at Hillsborough, as Adam Reach netted twice and Callum Paterson provided a goal and assist against his former team.
Coventry moved seven points clear of the drop after strikes from Leo Ostigard, Matt Godden and Viktor Gyokeres helped them to a 3-1 win over Bristol City, despite Nakhi Wells’ late consolatory effort for the visitors from a poor backpass.
Elsewhere, Philip Billing netted for a second straight game as Bournemouth comfortably defeated Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, with Arnaut Danjuma adding a second for the Cherries who sit seventh and one point outside of the play-offs.
Mason Bennett delivered a 71st minute winner for Millwall to lift them into ninth with a 2-1 away win at Stoke, having seen Murray Wallace’s close-range opener for the Lions cancelled out by Jacob Brown’s strike from Steven Fletcher’s pullback.
Finally, Nottingham Forest followed up their surprise Good Friday win at Cardiff with a 3-1 home victory over QPR.