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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CWolverhampton WanderersWolves46309782394399
3Fulham462513879463388
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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