Jordan Beyer’s first goal for Burnley gave the Championship leaders a 1-0 victory over Coventry which extended their winning league run to seven matches.
The German defender headed home Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s corner with eight minutes left, just when it seemed the Sky Blues would weather a growing Burnley storm.
With the strong wind and driving rain at their backs, Coventry had the better of the opening 45 minutes, with Viktor Gyokeres showing why he is being followed by Burnley – and a host of other clubs – in this transfer window. But the hosts stepped up a gear after the break, with Coventry defending deep in the last 15 minutes.
Jayden Bogle scored two as Sheffield United kept the pressure on the leaders with a 3-1 victory over Stoke. Iliman Ndiaye opened the scoring and Bogle doubled the hosts’ lead, while Nick Powell’s goal at the end of the first half reduced the arrears before Bogle’s second at the death secured the points.
Teenager Tobi Adeyemo made an instant name for himself by coming off the bench to open the scoring in Watford’s 2-0 home win against Blackpool. The striker, 17, looked as stunned as he was elated to have found the net in the 72nd minute – just four minutes after replacing Vakoun Bayo for his first taste of league action. The youngster had made his first-team bow last week, coming on in a 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Reading. Ismaïla Sarr made sure of the points with a late penalty that had been conceded by Seasiders goalkeeper Chris Maxwell’s rash challenge on another Hornets substitute, the debutant Matheus Martins.
Rotherham manager Matt Taylor said his team are up for the fight against relegation after they stunned promotion-chasing Blackburn 4-0. A change in formation and debuts for the club’s two new signings, Sean Morrison and Leo Hjelde, paid off for Taylor as the Millers gained their first victory since mid-November and ended an eight-game winless streak.
It took the Millers just 31 seconds to go in front after an attack down the left flank fell to Hakeem Odoffin and he lashed in his first ever league goal for the club with a stunning strike. Rotherham doubled their advantage with a stunning effort early on in the second half. Ollie Rathbone skipped by a challenge on the edge of the box before firing in a powerful strike which rattled the crossbar before bouncing over the line.
Shane Ferguson caught out Thomas Kaminski for the third and curled in straight from a corner on 76 minutes. And there was further misery for Blackburn as Conor Washington found space in the box in stoppage time to fire a fourth in off the post. “We have felt pretty low for the last six weeks or so,” said Taylor. “We have been lower than a snake’s belly. But there was intent and we were up in their faces and there was great execution in the quality of the goals. We’re in the fight of our lives now, it’s the biggest fight I have ever been in and we have to show that.”
West Brom further showcased their promotion credentials as they hit back from two down to win 3-2 at Luton. Carlton Morris and Elijah Adebayo had Luton in control early on but Daryl Dike and Jayson Molumby squared things up before Conor Townsend’s winner.
Marcus Forss’ second-half winner ensured Middlesbrough’s promotion charge under Michael Carrick continued with a 1-0 win over Millwall. After a relatively tight first half at the Riverside, the Finnish forward scored the crucial opener in the 54th minute to put Boro in the driving seat in the battle between two play-off contenders. Forss’ fifth goal since moving from Brentford in the summer secured an eighth win from the 11 Championship games under Carrick’s management.
David Wagner’s Norwich reign burst into life with an authoritative 4-0 victory over shell-shocked Preston at Deepdale. The former Huddersfield manager was appointed only eight days ago but the German’s influence was clear as his side put in a display full of energy and enterprise. Kieran Dowell, restored to the starting XI for the first time since October, scored twice, the forward adding to Teemu Pukki’s 13th-minute strike, as Norwich ran riot with three early goals. Pukki added his 10th goal of the campaign after 69 minutes.
Out-of-form QPR battled back from a two-goal deficit to earn a deserved 2-2 draw at play-off rivals Reading. Jeff Hendrick, on loan from Newcastle, gave Reading a 2-0 half-time lead with contrasting efforts – the first struck from 30 yards and the second from almost on the goal line. QPR were much improved after the interval, however, with Tyler Roberts reducing the deficit in the 66th minute and then grabbing the equaliser with 10 minutes remaining.
Swansea made their numerical advantage count as they beat 10-man Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light. Luke O’Nien’s early dismissal meant the Black Cats had to play more than 70 minutes with a player less, and while they kept their opponents out until the interval, they were blown away as Swansea scored three goals in the second half. Joel Piroe opened the scoring in the 50th minute, and while Dan Neil equalised for a spirited Sunderland, Liam Cullen and Ollie Cooper scored two goals in the space of eight minutes to ensure the points went back to south Wales.
Hull striker Oscar Estupinan scored with the last kick of the game to deny Huddersfield three big points in their 1-1 draw at the MKM Stadium. The visitors remain in the bottom three but they impressively belied their lowly position in a stale Yorkshire derby, in which Michal Helik opened the scoring after 21 minutes.
Cardiff sacked manager Mark Hudson after their 1-1 draw at home against bottom club Wigan which left them just above the relegation zone. The Bluebirds took the lead in the 82nd minute through Callum O’Dowda and looked set for a crucial three points only to concede an equaliser in the sixth minute of added time when Latics striker Will Keane poked home.
Hudson was visibly downcast afterwards, and Cardiff later announced his dismissal, with Dean Whitehead set to take on the role of interim boss. Cardiff said in a statement: “The board of directors would like to place on record its thanks to Mark for all of his work as a player, coach and manager whilst with the Bluebirds. We wish Mark all the very best of luck for the future.”
Mark Sykes scored his first two goals for Bristol City in a 4-2 win over Birmingham at Ashton Gate. The hosts took a 17th-minute lead when Cameron Pring broke down the left and saw his driven cross guided in by Antoine Semenyo. It was 2-0 four minutes later, Nahki Wells outmuscling new Blues defender Kevin Long before bursting clear down the middle and shooting past John Ruddy.
Birmingham replied on 34 minutes when Troy Deeney powered home a penalty after Pring had brought down Tahith Chong inside the box. But Sykes restored the two-goal lead two minutes after the break, shooting home from another Pring cross, and the former Oxford winger added a fourth on 66 minutes, tapping into an unguarded net from Semenyo’s ball to the far post. Reda Khadra then marked his Birmingham debut as a substitute by breaking clear and firing past Max O’Leary on 77 minutes.