Championship: Villa win Midlands derby, Cardiff thrash Sunderland
Aston Villa have moved up to fourth in the Championship table after a 1-0 win over Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.
Scott Hogan scored the only goal of the game when he nodded in a Robert Snodgrass cross and Forest were unable to find a leveller in Aitor Karanka’s first match in charge.
John Terry nearly notched Villa’s second after the break but his header rebounded off the crossbar.
In the day’s early kick-off, Cardiff City ended their four-game losing streak with an emphatic 4-0 win against bottom club Sunderland.
Callum Paterson opened the scoring in the 46th minute before Didier Ndong was shown the red card.
Cardiff made the most of the man advantage when Joe Ralls doubled the lead, with Paterson and Anthony Pilkington completing the scoring.
Derby County remain in an automatic promotion place after beating Birmingham City 3-0.
Johnny Russell opened the scoring in the 19th minute before Matej Vydra and Andreas Weimann scored after the break.
Brentford’s good run of form continued with a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers.
Florian Jozefzoon scored in the first half and Neal Maupay bundled in from close range in stoppage time to put the Bees three points off the play-off places.
Burton Albion remain in the relegation zone after a 3-1 home loss to Queens Park Rangers.
Goals from Aramide Oteh and Lloyd Dyer saw the teams go in level at half time, but Conor Washington and Massimo Luongo scored late on to give Rangers the win.
Fifth-placed Bristol City lost their third game on the bounce after James Maddison scored the only goal of the game to give Norwich City the victory.
Bersant Celina scored the only goal of the game as Ipswich Town beat Leeds United and Oliver Norwood scored a 95th-minute spot-kick to give Fulham a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.
Millwall and Preston played out a 1-1 draw, whilst Barnsley’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City’s meeting with Reading ended in goalless draws.