Championship round-up: Middlesbrough extend lead at the top with win over Derby

Middlesbrough's George Friend celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Sky Bet Cha

Middlesbrough's George Friend celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION - Credit: PA

Middlesbrough opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship thanks to two late goals against second-place Derby.

Goals from Albert Adomah and George Friend in the last 10 minutes of an entertaining match secured a crucial victory for Aitor Karanka’s in-form side, who are now unbeaten in eight games.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute when Adomah coolly chipped the ball over Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant.

The second soon followed when a deflected shot found David Nugent and he squared for an unmarked Friend to tap in from close range.

Elsewhere, a first-half wonder goal from Ross Wallace inspired Sheffield Wednesday to a 1-0 victory over Fulham in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first game in charge.

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The former Burnley man cut in from the right and unleashed a superb left-footed strike from 30 yards in the 29th minute, moving the Owls within two points of the top six.

A late Maikel Kieftenbeld effort handed Birmingham all three points as they beat Brentford 2-1.

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Jacques Maghoma was on the mark for the hosts, notching his fifth goal of the season in the 55th minute with a quality strike.

Brentford hit back with a 77th-minute equaliser from Phillipp Hofmann, but their hopes of collecting a point disappeared when Kieftenbeld rammed home the winner seven minutes from time.

Preston scored with the game’s last attack as they came from behind to beat Rotherham 2-1.

Lilywhites forward Eoin Doyle’s first goal since November cancelled out Tony Andreu’s first-half effort for the Millers, whose striker Jonson Clarke-Harris headed into his own net in added time to give North End the win.

Charlton and Nottingham Forest shared the spoils at the Valley after a keenly contested 1-1 draw.

Forest’s Ben Osborn opened the scoring on the brink of half-time, before Simon Makienok levelled things up in the 70th minute - Tareiq Holmes-Dennis saw red for a second bookable offence six minutes later.

Meanwhile, a stoppage-time winner from Nick Blackman handed Reading a 1-0 win over struggling Bristol City.

Joe Lolley’s third goal in seven matches and a late strike from substitute Mustapha Carayol earned Huddersfield a 2-0 win over rock-bottom Bolton, while Joe Mason scored the only goal as Cardiff recorded a 1-0 victory over Blackburn.

A late own goal from Antony Kay cancelled out Rob Hall’s opener as Leeds and MK Dons ended 1-1.

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