Championship round-up: Cardiff move back into top six by thumping Derby as Middlesbrough and Reading boost play-off hopes with wins
- Cardiff beat Derby 4-0 to extended their unbeaten run to 10 games
- Middlesbrough beat Coventry 2-1 thanks to a late goal from George Saville
- Puscas scored the only goal as Reading beat Blackburn at the Madejski Stadium
Cardiff climbed into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship with a 4-0 victory over Derby to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games under new boss Mick McCarthy.
Leandro Bacuna gave the Bluebirds the lead in the 22nd minute – his first goal since November 2019.
Cardiff, though, lost left-back Joe Bennett to injury shortly before half-time when he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
Cardiff climbed into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship with a 4-0 victory over Derby
Kieffer Moore headed home another goal three minutes into the second half, with Curacao international Bacuna curling in Cardiff’s third from 20 yards in the 56th minute.
Will Vaulks completed a fine night for the home side with a long-range effort in stoppage time.
Reading kept their play-off push on track with a 1-0 win over Blackburn at the Madejski Stadium.
George Puscas knocked in the only goal from close range in the 24th minute, with the Royals moving two points behind fourth-placed Swansea.
George Puscas scored the only goal as Reading beat Blackburn at the Madejski Stadium
Middlesbrough remain within striking distance of the top six after a late goal from George Saville secured a 2-1 win at Coventry.
An own goal from Boro defender Anfernee Dijksteel broke the deadlock in the 11th minute.
The visitors equalised in the 42nd second minute when defender Grant Hall headed home from a free-kick, which was his first goal for the club having joined from QPR last summer.
Just when it looked like a draw was on the cards, midfielder Jonny Howson set up Saville to score the winner with three minutes left.
A late goal from Middlesbrough midfielder George Saville secured a 2-1 win at Coventry
Millwall came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 at the Den.
Ched Evans fired the visitors ahead in the 12th minute with a well-taken volley.
The Lions, though, were level six minutes before half-time through left-back Scott Malone’s fine strike into the top corner.
With four minutes left, Mason Bennett headed in the winner to leave Millwall in 10th place.
Relegation-battlers Birmingham fought back to draw 1-1 at Huddersfield.
Fraizer Campbell gave the hosts the lead in the 63rd minute with a 20-yard strike.
But the Blues were level within five minutes when centre-back Marc Roberts scored following a corner.
The draw leaves Birmingham six points clear of the relegation zone – but having played more matches than the sides below them.
Ryan Tunnicliffe’s goal in the 64th minute proved enough to give Luton a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest – their first at Forest since 1983 – and extend their unbeaten run to three league games.
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