first_imgMiddlesbrough took advantage of a draw between promotion rivals Bournemouth and Derby County to rise to the top of the Championship with a 2-1 victory at Blackpool.Fans witnessed a frantic finale at Bloomfield Road with all three goals in the final ten minutes; Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate’s header breaking the deadlock before an unfortunate own goal from Ben Gibson gifted the hosts an equaliser moments later.Boro were the more dominant side throughout, though, and they finally made their superiority count when it mattered most, Spanish striker Kike netting the winner with less than three minutes remaining to claim a vital win for Aitor Karanka’s side.The Riverside outfit climbed to the summit thanks to the never-say-die attitude of Derby, who twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth.It was a thrilling top-of-the-table encounter at Dean Court, with the hosts taking the lead on 12 minutes through Matt Ritchie’s low strike.The Rams had two on-loan stars to thank for the point, with Tom Ince levelling before Callum Wilson restored the Cherries’ lead, and Darren Bent netting his fourth goal in four games after the break to seal a well-earned draw.Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo’s injury-time strike helped Watford beat ten-man Brentford at Griffin Park.The Bees were forced to play the majority of the clash a man short following Jake Bidwell’s first-half dismissal, though the hosts eventually took a surprise lead thanks to Andre Gray’s route-one finish.The Hornets man their man advantage count, however, as two late goals from Ighalo, heading in on 67 minutes before finding the net again in added-time, saw Watford rise to fifth.Ipswich also rise to fourth place as second-half goals from Daryl Murphy and Luke Chambers’ saw the Tractor Boys come from a goal down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Portman Road.At the other end of the table, Millwall boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 win at Birmingham, Alan Dunne heading the only goal of the game.Bolton distanced themselves from the drop zone with a 3-1 win over fellow ex-Premier Leaguers Fulham, as do Leeds United, who are now five points clear of the bottom three after coming away from Reading with a 2-0 victory.Nouha Dicko notched a cool brace as Wolves smashed Huddersfield 4-1 to edge closer to the play-off, with Norwich now just two points outside the top-six after Cameron Jerome’s 88th minute strike sealed victory over Charlton in a five-goal thriller at the Valley.Finally, Jordan Rhodes netted his 11th goal of the season to hand Blackburn a 2-1 home win over Rotherham, while struggling Brighton held Cardiff to a goalless draw in Wales.Championship results in full:Birmingham 0 – 1 MillwallBlackburn 2 – 1 RotherhamBlackpool 1 – 2 MiddlesbroughBournemouth 2 – 2 DerbyBrentford 1 – 2 WatfordCardiff 0 – 0 BrightonCharlton 2 – 3 NorwichHuddersfield 1 – 4 WolvesIpswich 2 – 1 Sheff WedBolton 3 – 1 FulhamReading 0 – 2 Leeds Middlesbrough striker Kike celebrates 1last_img

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