The Royals continued their excellent run of five wins in six matches with a 2-0 home victory. The hosts got off to a flying start as Danny Williams nodded them into the lead after just 15 seconds and held that scoreline for 88 minutes, when Nick Blackman scored a penalty to become The Championship's joint top goalscorer on seven goals.
Brighton held on to top spot as they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Cardiff. The visitors took the lead on five minutes through forward Joe Mason's fitth goal of the season, but Dale Stephens levelled the scoreline with his second goal in successive matches in the 38th minute.
At the other end of the league bottom two Bristol City and MK Dons played out a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate. Jonathan Kodjia scored his goal of the season to put the hosts ahead after six minutes and they maintained that lead until the final minute, when their hopes were dashed by an equaliser from substitute Daniel Powell. Bristol remain bottom of the league, but MK Dons climbed four places to 19th courtesy of their superior goal difference.
Joining Bristol in the relegation zone are Bolton Wanderers, who were involved in the game of the weekend at Loftus Road. Queens Park Rangers came out 4-3 victors, despite falling 2-0 behind inside 11 minutes through goals from Gary Madine and Liam Feeney. The hosts got back into the game immediately after Bolton's second through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, then equalised on the verge of half-time through Leroy Fer. They then completed the turnaround through Tjaronn Chery's excellent curled effort only to see substitute Wellington Silva equalise with five minutes to go. But Bolton blew a chance of a point as they allowed Emmanuel-Thomas to add his second with the last kick of the game.
London rivals Charlton Athletic and Fulham also played out a cracking game as they drew 2-2 at The Valley. Fulham dominated the first hour of the match, taking a 2-0 lead through Ryan Tunnicliffe's first goal for the club and Ross McCormack's fifth goal of the season. But the hosts hit back unexpectedly with two goals in the last ten minutes. Johnnie Jackson began the comeback with a header on 81 minutes, and Jordan Cousins ensured a share of the points in the last minute.
Bimingham City continued their good form and rose to fourth in the league as they won 2-0 at Leeds United. The Blues remain unbeaten away from home thanks to Demarai Gray's 31st minute strike and Jacques Maghoma's second in injury time. Leeds poor home record continues as they haven't won at Elland Road since March.
Hull City and Burnley are tied on points with Reading and Birmingham as both secured away wins at the weekend. Hull recorded a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest thanks to Abel Hernandez's goal four minutes before half-time, tapping home after seeing his weak penalty saved by Dorus de Vries. Burnley beat managerless Rotherham 2-1 on Friday evening, taking the lead on nine minutes through Andre Gray only to see the hosts equalise with quarter of an hour remaining through a Grant Ward screamer. But Burnley secured all three points as Sam Vokes pounced nine minutes from time.
Derby County moved up to seventh place, just three points off second placed Middlesbrough, by defeating Brentford 2-0 at home. The hosts extended their unbeaten run to five matches through first half goals from Chris Martin and Tom Ince.
Sheffield Wednesday recorded their third successive victory with a 3-1 victory over Preston North End, who drop into the relegation zone. Wednesday took the lead on the stroke of half-time through midfielder Kieran Lee, and doubled their lead ten minutes after the break as Daniel Pudil tapped in from close range. The visitors hit back on 76 minutes through Alan Browne but The Owls sealed all three points as Lewis McGugan's injury time long range strike, after Preston goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had gone forward for a corner.
Jordan Rhodes scored a brace to join Charlie Austin and Blackman at the top of the goalscoring charts and help Blackburn Rovers to a 2-0 home victory over Ipswich Town. The Scotland international scored his first goal from the penalty spot on 12 minutes and added another four minutes later as he headed home a Craig Conway cross.
Wolverhampton Wanderers recorded back-to-back victories as they defeated Huddersfield Town 3-0. Kevin McDonald scored for the second game running to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, before Benik Afobe added a second half brace to take his tally for the season to five.
The Championship now takes a two week break for the international period, but when it returns there's a tasty looking Lancashire derby between Burnley and Bolton, bottom side Bristol City entertain Nottingham Forest and in-form Reading and Birmingham take on Charlton and QPR respectively. The current table in full is below.
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