Bournemouth head into 2022 sat top of the Sky Bet Championship following a disruptive festive midweek round to wrap up 2021.
Goals from Ryan Christie and Dominic Solanke fired Bournemouth to a 3-0 home win over Cardiff, as Alex Smithies’ fumbled Jefferson Lerma’s late shot into his own net to wrap up the Cherries’ third goal.
Fulham remain second but now four points adrift with two games in hand, after their clash against Reading was postponed due to an on-going Coronavirus outbreak amongst the Royals’ squad.
Blackburn sit third on goal difference following Ben Brereton Diaz’s 65th minute winner in a 2-1 victory over second-bottom Barnsley, after Joe Rothwell’s opener had been cancelled out by Carlton Morris in the first half.
West Bromwich Albion again stay fourth after their home match against Preston was postponed due to a Coronavirus outbreak for the visitors.
Duncan Watmore struck a 93rd minute winner in a dramatic 2-1 away victory over Blackpool after Andraz Sporar’s opener had been cancelled out by a 91st minute equaliser from the Tangerines’ Shayne Lavery.
Huddersfield round out the top six after Duane Holmes struck a 30th minute winner to defeat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Yoann Barbet glanced in a 93rd minute winner as seventh-placed QPR came from behind to win away 2-1 at Bristol City, after Charlie Austin’s penalty cancelled out Alex Scott’s third minute rebound opener.
Down in the relegation zone, Derby cut their deficit to safety to 11 points after Colin Kazim-Richards fired in a 85th minute winner in a 2-1 win at Stoke City, having initially seen Luke Plange’s opener cancelled out by ex Ram – Tom Ince.
Peterborough’s trip to Birmingham City was postponed due to an on-going Coronavirus outbreak amongst the Posh, who remain third-bottom.
Elsewhere, Tom Bradshaw’s scrappy 79th minute strike gave Millwall a narrow away win at Coventry as the Sky Blues’ winless run extended to six matches.
Sheffield United’s Yorkshire derby clash against Hull City at Bramall Lane didn’t go ahead after the Tigers’ request to postpone was accepted, following a Coronavirus outbreak which forced their Boxing Day clash against Blackburn to be cancelled at short notice.
Finally, Swansea endured a third consecutive postponement as their home encounter against Luton was postponed due to an on-going Coronavirus outbreak within both teams.