Fulham continue to sit atop of the Sky Bet Championship following the latest round of action as the battle for the privilege of sitting top at Xmas throw up more twists.
Tim Ream’s 15th minute strike from Jean Michael Seri’s free-kick looked set to hand Fulham a narrow win at Preston, until Ched Evans controversially rescued the Lilywhites a 1-1 draw with a 72nd minute header that deflected in off his arm.
Bournemouth remain a point behind the Cottagers in second after blowing a two goal lead following Jefferson Lerma’s red card, as Matty Godden provided a goal and assist as ….-placed Coventry recovered to snatch a 2-2 draw.
QPR climbed to third as Chris Willock and Andre Gray struck in a second-half comeback 2-1 victory away at rock-bottom Derby, after the Rams had claimed a tenth minute lead through Tom Lawrence’s 18-yard smash.
West Bromwich Albion slipped to fourth after Jayson Molumby was red carded in a goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest in Friday Night Football.
Reda Khadra fired in a 52nd minute winner as Blackburn edged past Stoke City at BET365 Stadium to climb to fifth.
Down in the relegation zone, Peterborough and Barnsley remain third and second bottom respectively after contesting a goalless draw at London Road, which even saw a second-half power cut cause a slight delay to the action.
Reading moved four points clear of the drop zone after coming from behind to win 3-2 at Swansea in which Danny Drinkwater provided an assist for Andy Carroll ahead of netting the Royals’ winner himself to end his four-year goal drought.
Cardiff sit five points clear of safety after Sean Morrison’s 77th minute header secured a 2-1 win at Luton after Ruben Colwill’s opener was cancelled out by Jordan Clarke.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough won for the first time under Chris Wilder in a clinical 2-1 victory at Huddersfield through Duncan Watmore’s brace.
Hull recorded a fourth straight victory through Ryan Longman’s 53rd minute winner after George Honeyman’s opening goal was cancelled out by Tom Bradshaw in a 2-1 win over Millwall.
Sheffield United began life under Paul Heckingbottom on a high with a 2-0 home win over Bristol City as Rhian Brewster and Billy Sharp found the net late in both halves respectively.
Finally, Lukas Jutkiewicz fired in a 81st minute winner as Birmingham City scraped a narrow home win over Blackpool.