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Championship roundup: Birmingham City beat Sunderland to climb out of dropzone

Championship roundup: Birmingham out of dropzone
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Birmingham City climb out of the Championship relegation zone thanks to a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday night.

Birmingham City have climbed out of the Championship relegation zone thanks to a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats were put to the sword at St Andrew's as goals from David Davis, Jeremie Boga and Sam Gallagher fired the hosts into a three-goal lead by the hour mark.

Bryan Oviedo netted a late consolation for Chris Coleman's charges, who remain one point from safety in the bottom three of the table.

In the evening's other relegation six-pointer, Reading emerged 3-1 winners against rock-bottom Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a brace either side of Chris Gunter's curling strike on 57 minutes to give the Royals their first win in nine, while Lucas Akins's 51st-minute penalty proved in vain.

Aston Villa edged to just one point behind second-placed Derby County in third with a 1-0 win at Sheffield United, achieved thanks to Robert Snodgrass's last-minute winner.

Preston North End, meanwhile, are now within three points of the playoffs thanks to a 3-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

The Reds fell behind to goals from Billy Bodin and Tom Barkhuizen before Daniel Johnson fired in from the penalty spot seven minutes from time for a comprehensive North End win.

The remaining games of the night all ended goalless, with Hull City and Leeds United playing out a stalemate, as did Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as Millwall and Derby County.

Results in full: Birmingham 3-1 Sunderland, Burton 1-3 Reading, Hull 0-0 Leeds, Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall 0-0 Derby, Nottingham Forest 0-3 Preston, Sheffield United 0-1 Aston Villa


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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