Championship roundup: Fulham close gap on promotion rivals

Championship roundup: Crucial win for Fulham
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Fulham, Bristol City and Preston North End are among the big winners in the Championship this weekend.

Fulham have moved to within six points of the Championship's automatic promotion places after defeating fellow high-fliers Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park.

Early goals from in-form duo Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ryan Sessegnon handed the visitors maximum points, with Tom Huddlestone's consolation doing little to boost the fifth-placed Rams' promotion ambitions.

Playoff hopefuls Bristol City consolidated their position in the top six with a 4-0 dismantling of struggling Sheffield Wednesday, with a Bobby Reid hat-trick and a Josh Brownhill strike doing the damage at Ashton Gate.

At the other end of the table, basement club Sunderland remain five points away from a position of safety following a 1-1 draw with Millwall, a match in which a rare Bryan Oviedo goal was cancelled out in the second half by Shaun Hutchinson.

Fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers failed to capitalise and the Black Cats' dropped points, going down 3-1 at home to Preston North End.

Birmingham City, meanwhile, remain in trouble after losing 2-1 at Nottingham Forest, staying in 22nd place as a result.

No fewer than five of the other scheduled fixtures were called off due to the extreme weather in the UK.

Results in full: Aston Villa P-P QPR, Barnsley P-P Norwich, Bolton 1-3 Preston, Brentford P-P Cardiff, Bristol City 4-0 Sheff Weds, Derby 1-2 Fulham, Ipswich P-P Hull City, Millwall 1-1 Sunderland, Nott'm Forest 2-1 Birmingham, Sheff Utd P-P Burton Albion, Wolves P-P Reading

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CWolverhampton WanderersWolves46309782394399
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4Aston Villa4624111172423083
5Middlesbrough4622101467452276
6Derby CountyDerby4620151170482275
7Preston North EndPreston4619161157461173
8Millwall4619151256451172
9Brentford4618151362521069
10Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd46209176255769
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12Ipswich TownIpswich46179205760-360
13Leeds UnitedLeeds46179205964-560
14Norwich CityNorwich461515164960-1160
15Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461415175960-157
16Queens Park RangersQPR461511205870-1256
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18Hull City461116197070049
19Birmingham CityBirmingham46137263868-3046
20Reading461014224870-2244
21Bolton WanderersBolton461013233974-3543
RBarnsley46914234872-2441
RBurton Albion461011253881-4341
RSunderland46716235280-2837

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