Sky Bet Championship round-up: Norwich extend lead at the top, Brentford and Swansea buckle in promotion chase & Birmingham out of bottom three
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  • Norwich City 1-0 Rotherham United

Teemu Pukki’s 15th strike of the season saw Norwich City go seven points clear at the top of the Championship as they beat Rotherham United 1-0.

Pukki provided a smart finish under ‘keeper Viktor Johansson in the 17th minute after Todd Cantwell’s dummy.

  • Coventry City 2-0 Brentford

Tyler Walker’s double meant that Coventry City sunk Brentford to a third defeat on the bounce in Saturday’s early kick off.

Walker opened the scoring in the 19th minute from the penalty spot before adding a second 10 minutes into the second half.

  • Huddersfield Town 4-1 Swansea City

Duane Holmes scored a brace as Huddersfield Town stunned promotion candidates Swansea City 4-1 for their first win in 2021.

Fraizer Campbell gave the Terriers the lead in the 22nd minute before Conor Hourihane equalised in the first minute of first half stoppage time.

Lewis O’Brien put Huddersfield back in front three minutes after the break and Holmes’ quickfire double put the game out of sight before the hour mark.

  • Watford 2-1 Derby County

Will Hughes scored against his former club as Watford defeated Derby County 2-1 to move level on points with second place on Friday night.

Hughes’ effort came in the 21st minute, just two minutes after Joao Pedro had fortunately put the Hornets in front.

Colin Kazim-Richards thought he had pulled one back for the visitors six minutes before the break, only for his header to be disallowed for a foul.

William Troost-Ekong turned Nathan Byrne’s cross into his own net in the 77th minute to give Derby a lifeline, but the Rams could not find an equaliser.

  • Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough

Ashley Fletcher scored his second goal in a week as Middlesbrough picked up an impressive 2-0 victory at Reading in their hunt for the top six.

Fletcher gave Boro the lead midway through the first half before Marc Bola doubled that lead just seven minutes later.

  • Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Bournemouth

Todd Kane’s late winner earned Queens Park Rangers their fourth win in a row as they beat Bournemouth 2-1.

Kane had restored QPR’s lead seven minutes from time after Shane Long’s first Bournemouth goal in the 69th minute had cancelled out Stefan Johansen’s 58th minute opener.

  • Cardiff City 4-0 Preston North End

Dillon Phillips saved two penalties as Mick McCarthy remains unbeaten as Cardiff City manager, after a 4-0 thrashing of Preston North End.

Kieffer Moore dispatched a penalty after just two minutes, before Josh Murphy made it 2-0 less than a minute after the restart.

Paul Gallagher and Ched Evans both had their penalties saved by Phillips with the score at 2-0, and shortly after Marlon Pack added Cardiff’s third on 71 minutes.

Mark Harris rounded off the win with 13 minutes to go to add more misery on Alex Neil and Preston.

  • Stoke City 3-0 Luton Town

Nick Powell scored twice to reach double figures as Stoke City cruised to a 3-0 victory over Luton Town to remain in the play-off pack.

Powell’s first strike was a tap in after 20 minutes and he headed his and the Potter’s second in the 63rd minute.

Steven Fletcher completed the scoring in the 78th minute to give Nathan Jones an unhappy return to the bet365 Stadium.

  • Bristol City 0-1 Barnsley

Carlton Morris scored his third goal in as many games as Barnsley took all three points from managerless Bristol City.

Morris found space in the box to bury his chance in the 67th minute after a goalmouth scramble.

  • Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Birmingham City

Scott Hogan’s winner was enough for Birmingham City to move out of the bottom three after a win at 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.

Hogan’s finish came just after the hour mark, after Liam Shaw picked up his second yellow card five minutes into the second half.

  • Nottingham Forest 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Alex Mighten scored the only goal as Nottingham Forest claimed victory over an out of form Blackburn Rovers to move further adrift from the relegation zone.

Mighten’s 26th minute goal gave Forest a half time lead before Brice Samba kept out Adam Armstrong’s penalty to secure the win.

  • Millwall 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Gary Rowett’s Millwall picked up their 15th draw of the season in a goalless draw with bottom side Wycombe Wanderers.

Scott Malone had an effort tipped over the bar by David Stockdale in the second half, after Bartosz Bialkowski was equal to Daryl Horgan’s shot before the break.

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