Fulham secured top spot of the Sky Bet Championship Christmas tree despite the top two both suffering defeats in the latest round of second-tier action.
Iliman Ndiaye third-minute strike from 20 yards saw Sheffield United snatch victory away to Fulham at Craven Cottage, although Marco Silva’s Cottagers will sit top of the table at Christmas by just two points.
Bournemouth remain second as their winless run extended to six matches after Andraz Sporar fired in a 53rd minute winner for Middlesbrough from the penalty spot, following Jaidon Anthony’s foul on Isiah Jones.
Ben Brereton’s brace fired Blackburn Rovers up to third after thrashing Birmingham City 4-0 at Ewood Park, as John Buckley and Reda Khadra initially put the hosts two goals in front.
West Brom slipped to fourth as a consequence after Valerien Ismael’s Baggies were held to a goalless draw at his former team – Barnsley with the Tykes still sat second-bottom.
QPR and Stoke round out the top six after Coronavirus outbreaks at both clubs forced postponements of their respective home and away clashes against Swansea and Coventry.
Nottingham Forest climbed to seventh with a 2-1 comeback home win over Hull City as Lewis Grabban scored from the penalty spot to cancel out Keane Lewis-Potter’s opener, before teeing up Brennan Johnson’s 72nd minute winner.
Elsewhere, Andreas Weimann’s brace couldn’t prevent Bristol City losing 3-2 at home to Huddersfield Town, as Duane Holmes, Daniel Sinani and Danny Ward all scored for the Terriers in a comeback victory in-between Weimann’s goals.
Keshi Anderson provided a goal and assist as Blackpool recovered to defeat third-bottom Peterborough United 3-1 at Bloomfield, with Sonny Carey and Jerry Yates adding late second and third goals for the Tangerines.
Reading and Millwall called off their home ties against Luton and Preston respectively due to Coronavirus outbreaks within the respective home teams.
Finally, Cardiff and Derby both experienced Coronavirus outbreaks within their squads which forced both clubs to postpone their clash, which means that the Rams remain rock-bottom.