Championship round-up: Hull go top as Middlesbrough lose, wins for Leeds, Birmingham and more

first_img1 Steve Bruce Hull City went to the top of the Championship after edging a 1-0 victory at Fulham.Steve Bruce’s side capitalised on another Middlesbrough slip up by beating Slavisa Jokanovic’s men at Craven Cottage.In-form Abel Hernandez, who scored a hat-trick against Charlton last week, netted his 17th goal of the campaign. With ten minutes to go, Lasse Vigen Christensen was reckless and the Tigers had a penalty, with the Uruguayan coolly firing home.Birmingham moved level on points with sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday as they eased to a 3-0 victory over ten-man Ipswich.Sunderland loanee Will Buckley put the home side ahead on his first start following up a shot after goalkeeper Dean Gerken parried.The Tractor Boys’ Jonathan Douglas was dismissed before the break as referee Michael Bull showed a straight red card for a lunge.Spanish midfielder Jon Toral, on loan from Arsenal, added a second and Maikel Kieftenbeld soon made it three with a stunning volley.As mentioned, Middlesbrough have now lost back-to-back games, this time at home to Nottingham Forest 1-0.Aitor Karanka’s men were beaten at Bristol City last week and their usual strong home form did not make a difference to Dougie Freedman’s side, Jamie Ward firing well into the bottom corner.The league’s early pace-setters Brighton picked up their second win on the spin as they beat in-form Huddersfield 2-1.Last week Chris Hughton’s side won their first game since December 5 and they have now made it two wins in a row.The Terriers were on a five-match unbeaten run but Bobby Zamora and Manchester United loanee James Wilson scored either side of Harry Bunn’s strike for Huddersfield.Strugglers Bolton got a much-needed 3-1 home victory over relegation rivals MK Dons at the Macron Stadium.The financially-stricken club took the lead when Bolton youngster Rob Holding netted inside ten minutes, before their advantage was doubled by Darren Pratley before the break.Norwich loanee Josh Murphy made it two goals in as many games as he pulled one back for MK Dons but Shola Ameobi scored in injury time on his final game for Bolton. The former Newcastle forward’s short-term contract expires this week and the club cannot afford to offer him a new deal.Brentford moved up to tenth with a 3-1 win at Preston.Greg Cunningham’s own goal gave the Bees an early advantage before Adam Reach put Simon Grayson’s men back on level terms.Alan Judge put Dean Smith’s side back in front shortly before the interval with his 12th goal of the season and Chelsea loanee John Swift added a third late on.Play-off chasers Sheffield Wednesday conceded in the second half to deny them a fourth consecutive win as they drew 1-1 at Reading.Gary Hooper made his stay at Hillsborough permanent this week when he joined from Norwich and he celebrated that with a goal after just ten minutes. The forward continued his good form to score his seventh goal in as many games.Barry Bannan struck the post for the visitors before Reading’s Matej Vydra hit the woodwork from the spot.Jake Cooper’s brilliant header drew Brian McDermott’s side level with 74 minutes on the clock and the Royals have now won just twice in their last ten outings.Anthony Pilkington netted twice for Cardiff as they drew 2-2 with Rotherham.The former Huddersfield and Norwich man scored before the half-hour mark and Joe Newell levelled the visitors before the break. Pilkington scored an own goal early in the second half before making amends by grabbing Cardiff’s second on the hour.Elsewhere, Souleymane Doukara’s solitary strike handed Leeds a 1-0 home win over Bristol City and strugglers Charlton drew 1-1 with out-of-form Blackburn.And earlier today, Wolves were held to a 1-1 draw at QPR, click here for the full report. Full Championship results:Birmingham 3-0 IpswichBolton 3-1 MK DonsBrighton 2-1 HuddersfieldCardiff 2-2 RotherhamCharlton 1-1 BlackburnFulham 0-1  HullLeeds 1-0 Bristol CityMiddlesbrough 0-1 Nottm ForestPreston 1-3 BrentfordReading 1-1 Sheff WedQPR 1-1 Wolveslast_img read more