Championship roundup: Fulham edge closer to top two

Championship roundup: Fulham march on
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Fulham sit just two points off second-placed Cardiff City in the Championship table thanks to Saturday's 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Fulham have climbed to just two points off second-placed Cardiff City in the Championship table thanks to a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic fired home his ninth goal in nine games 12 minutes from time at Hillsborough to stretch the Whites' unbeaten run to 19 matches.

The Bluebirds have a game in hand but they have to respond to Friday night's 1-0 home defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fourth-placed Aston Villa's automatic promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Norwich City.

Josh Murphy, Dennis Srbeny and James Maddison grabbed the goals for the Canaries at Carrow Road, with Jack Grealish netting what turned out to be a consolation on 67 minutes.

Derby County sit fifth on 68 points with a game in hand on their rivals and were triumphant on Saturday as they saw off Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at Pride Park.

Sixth-placed Middlesbrough, meanwhile, ran out 2-0 winners over Nottingham Forest to remain in contention for a playoff spot.

Millwall's superb form continued with a 2-0 win over Bristol City, putting the Lions seventh in the table and just one point behind Boro.

At the opposite end of the table, Barnsley beat Sheffield United 3-2 to give their survival hopes a huge boost, the Tykes now two points behind 21st-placed Bolton and with a game in hand.

Sunderland, meanwhile, could only claim a 1-1 draw at Leeds United, the same scoreline as in the relegation six-pointer between Birmingham City and Burton Albion.

Hull City's renaissance continued with a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, while Reading secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Preston North End.

Elsewhere, Brentford secured a 1-0 home win over Ipswich Town, Neal Maupay converting a second-half penalty to seal all three points at Griffin Park.

Results in full: Barnsley 3-2 Sheffield United, Birmingham City 1-1 Burton Albion, Brentford 1-0 Ipswich Town, Derby County 3-0 Bolton Wanderers, Hull City 4-0 Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United 1-1 Sunderland, Middlesbrough 2-0 Nottingham Forest, Millwall 2-0 Bristol City, Reading 1-0 Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Fulham, Norwich City 3-1 Aston Villa

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CWolverhampton WanderersWolves46309782394399
4Aston Villa4624111172423083
5Middlesbrough4622101467452276
6Derby CountyDerby4620151170482275
7Preston North EndPreston4619161157461173
8Millwall4619151256451172
9Brentford4618151362521069
10Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd46209176255769
11Bristol City461716136758967
12Ipswich TownIpswich46179205760-360
13Leeds UnitedLeeds46179205964-560
14Norwich CityNorwich461515164960-1160
15Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461415175960-157
16Queens Park RangersQPR461511205870-1256
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest46158235165-1453
18Hull City461116197070049
19Birmingham CityBirmingham46137263868-3046
20Reading461014224870-2244
21Bolton WanderersBolton461013233974-3543
RBarnsley46914234872-2441
RBurton Albion461011253881-4341
RSunderland46716235280-2837

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