Teemu Pukki’s 15th goal of the season has secured Norwich City a 1-0 win over Rotherham and propelled them seven points clear at the top of the Championship.
While the Canaries landed a third consecutive win thanks to the Finn Pukki’s well-taken 17th minute finish, they also took advantage of defeats for Brentford and Swansea to extend their lead.
Second-placed Brentford, without 24-goal injured striker Ivan Toney, suffered a third consecutive loss after Coventry strengthened their survival hopes with a 2-0 win at their temporary St Andrew’s home.
Tyler Walker scored in each half, the first from the penalty spot, to move the Sky Blues five points clear of the bottom three.
Swansea missed the chance to move second after Huddersfield returned to form with a stunning 4-1 home win.
Conor Hourihane got the Welsh side back in the game on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant free-kick, cancelling out Fraizer Campbell’s opener.
But the Terriers responded in the first 10 minutes of the second half with a Lewis O’Brien goal and Duane Holmes’ double securing a first win in nine league games.
Cardiff and Middlesbrough moved three points off the play-off positions, after Bournemouth lost 2-1 at QPR.
Goals from Stefan Johansen and Todd Kane, either side of Shane Long’s equaliser, gave Rangers a fourth successive triumph and ended Jonathan Woodgate’s unbeaten start as Cherries’ caretaker boss.
Ashley Fletcher and Marc Bola struck in the first half for Boro in a 2-0 win at fifth-placed Reading.
Cardiff claimed a fifth consecutive win courtesy of a 4-0 victory over Preston, who missed two penalties in a minute.
Nick Powell struck twice and Steven Fletcher was also on target as Stoke beat Luton 3-0 to stay in the hunt for a top-six spot.
Managerless Bristol City suffered a seventh consecutive loss in all competitions after Carlton Morris’ third goal in as many games gave Barnsley a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate, while Millwall drew 0-0 with rock-bottom Wycombe.
Nottingham Forest condemned Blackburn to a fourth straight loss with a 1-0 success at the City Ground.
Birmingham won the bottom-of-the-table clash with Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.