Burnley moved to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship following a dramatic matchweek for several promotion contenders.
Jay Rodriguez’s brace plus goals from Vitinho and Anass Zaroury saw Burnley climb to the top of the table in a 4-0 home win over ten-men Swansea City, as the visitors saw Joel Piroe red carded for a 74th minute stamp on Josh Cullen.
Ten-men Sheffield United consequently slipped to second on goal difference after Oliver Norwood’s injury-time strike rescued them a feisty 3-3 draw at home to eight-men Blackpool, after the Tangerines recovered to lead 3-2 in a match which saw four red cards dished out.
Josh Sargent’s 45th minute goal couldn’t prevent third-placed Norwich from falling to a 2-1 defeat at Watford, after Imran Louza and Keinan Davis netted for the Hornets in a closely-fought contest.
Fourth-placed QPR also suffered a surprise defeat as they fell 3-1 at Luton as Elijah Adebayo, Jimmy Dunne’s own goal and Luke Freeman’s goals completed a comfortable win for the hosts, despite Ethan Horvath unfortunately deflecting in a consolatory injury-time own goal for QPR.
Down in the relegation zone, West Bromwich Albion climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 away win at sixth-placed Reading, courtesy of goals in both halves from Matt Phillips and Taylor Gardner-Hickman.
Middlesbrough consequently fell back into the bottom three despite Duncan Watmore’s strike in first-half injury time, as Darragh Lenihan’s own goal and Sam Gallagher’s strike gave fifth-placed Blackburn a 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium.
Huddersfield remain second-bottom after losing 2-1 at Rotherham following Georgie Kelly’s 61st minute winner for the Millers, after Danny Ward had equalised for the Terriers to cancel out Conor Washington’s opener.
Viktor Gyokeres struck a 34th minute rebound winner at Cardiff City to move rock-bottom Coventry to within four points of safety.
Elsewhere, Sunderland came from behind to end their four-match winless streak as second-half goals from Elliot Embleton and Dennis Cirkin completed a comeback 2-1 win over Wigan, who had led at the Stadium of Light through ex Mackem – Charlie Wyke’s 44th minute opener.
Zian Flemming struck his fourth goal in three matches as he netted a 76th minute winner for Millwall at Bristol City, after Shaun Hutchinson’s own goal had brought the Robins level to cancel out Tom Bradshaw’s winner.
Second-half goals from Will Smallbone and Tyrese Campbell fired Stoke City to a 2-0 away win over their manager – Alex Neil’s former team, Preston at Deepdale.
Finally, goals from Troy Deeney and Juninho Bacuna fired Birmingham City to a 2-0 away victory at Hull, after kick-off had been delayed 20 minutes due to goalposts being the incorrect size.