West Bromwich Albion reclaimed top spot following a huge midweek round of Sky Bet Championship action packed with goals.
Goals from Karlan Grant, Alex Mowatt and Matt Phillips saw West Brom thrash Cardiff 4-0 away in Wales to return to the top of the table, as the Bluebirds’ Curtis Nelson provided the Baggies’ second through a disastrous own goal to condemn a nightmare result for Mick McCarthy’s Welsh team.
Bournemouth consequently slipped to second on goal difference after being held to a goalless draw at Peterborough, with the Posh meanwhile falling into the bottom three after results elsewhere went against them.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s hat-trick saw Fulham cruise past Swansea City 3-1 at Craven Cottage to climb to third, after Jamie Paterson’s 38th minute effort briefly reduced the Swans’ arrears to 2-1 as all four goals came in the first half.
Coventry sit fourth after finding themselves victim of a ruthless 5-0 mauling by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, in which Elijah Adebayo and Harry Cornick both netted twice for the Hatters whilst Luke Berry also got on the scoresheet.
Stoke stay fifth after Nick Powell’s sixth minute header was cancelled out by Ben Whiteman’s 38th minute curled free-kick in a 1-1 draw away at Preston.
Blackburn round out the top six despite losing a five goal thriller at Huddersfield as Danny Ward’s brace helped the Terriers to a 3-2 home victory, despite Ben Brereton netting a brace for Rovers who twice fought from behind to level after Alex Vallejo had put the hosts ahead at half-time.
Down in the relegation zone, Derby remain rock-bottom but are now out of the minus-points zone and onto one point, as Craig Forsyth’s first-half header proved enough to defeat Reading.
Hull remain second-last in the standings after Tom Eaves’ 84th minute strike saw the 10-men Tigers snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool, as the Tangerines led through Shayne Lavery’s 42nd minute volley before the hosts’ Lewie Coyle was red carded in the 80th minute for a second bookable offence.
Second-half goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Lewis Grabban saw Nottingham Forest come from behind to defeat Barnsley 3-1 away at Oakwell, which saw the visitors climb out of the relegation zone.
Elsewhere, first-half goals from Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair saw Middlesbrough just their third win of the season in a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United.
Ilias Chair’s double saw QPR defeat Birmingham City 2-0 to end their run of three consecutive 2-1 league defeats.
Finally, Jed Wallace’s 64th minute penalty clinched victory for Millwall at home to Bristol City after Benik Afobe was fouled by Robert Atkinson.