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Championship roundup: Tony Pulis earns first Middlesbrough win

Championship roundup: Pulis earns first Boro win
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Tony Pulis is off the mark as Middlesbrough manager, while automatic promotion chasers Cardiff City fell to their fourth successive defeat in the New Year's Day fixtures.

Middlesbrough picked up their first victory under Tony Pulis by overcoming Preston North End 3-2 at Deepdale on a busy day in the Championship.

The Smoggies, beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa in the Welshman's first game in charge, let slip a one-goal lead but then recovered to take all three points back to the North-East.

There was further disappointment for automatic promotion chasers Cardiff City, meanwhile, as they lost for the fourth match in a row during the festive period.

Queens Park Rangers battled back after falling behind to a Joe Ralls penalty at Loftus Road, moving themselves six points clear of the dropzone in the process.

Derby County could only slightly capitalise, though, with a 1-1 home draw to Sheffield United extending their unbeaten run to a seventh game, while fifth-placed Leeds United were held to a goalless draw by managerless Nottingham Forest.

Another side seeking a new boss in Sheffield Wednesday suffered the biggest defeat of New Year's Day fixtures, shipping three goals at home to strugglers Burton Albion.

Having recently put an end to their year-long winless home run, there was further disappointment for Sunderland as they lost 1-0 at home to Barnsley, while Hull City are now in even more trouble after going down 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers in a relegation six-pointer.

Millwall were also on the end of a defeat, conceding two second-half goals at Carrow Road after taking the lead through striker Steve Morison's second goal in the space of a few days.

Championship results in full: Bolton 1-0 Hull, Derby 1-1 Sheffield United, Leeds 0-0 Forest, Norwich 2-1 Millwall, Preston 2-3 Middlesbrough, QPR 2-1 Cardiff, Sheff Weds 0-3 Burton, Sunderland 0-1 Barnsley

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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