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Championship wrap: Middlesbrough close gap on leaders

Nov 27, 2012 11:08 PM GMT

Middlesbrough moved within two points of the automatic promotion places after the top two battled to draws in the Championship on Tuesday.

Borough soundly defeated Huddersfield 3-0 at the Riverside courtesy of a brace from Australian striker Scott McDonald and saw leaders Cardiff and Crystal Palace both drop points.

Emmanuel Ledesma blasted home a 67th-minute free-kick before McDonald's second for Middlesbrough as Tony Mowbray's side regained contact with the top two.

Cardiff were pegged back to a 1-1 draw at Derby by Theo Robinson's close-range strike in the 69th minute.

The leaders went 1-0 up in the 11th minute through Heidar Helguson but were not helped by Craig Noone's send-off near the hour-mark after two bookable offences within three minutes.

Palace, meanwhile, could not find a goal at the KC Stadium against Hull in a 0-0 draw and remain a point behind Cardiff.

Ipswich hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a crucial 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest, only their second home win of the season.

Leicester remain in the playoff places despite a 1-0 loss at Leeds, who went ahead early through Luciano Becchio's third-minute penalty, while Millwall won 1-0 at Wolverhampton to also stay in contention.

Watford hit four past struggling Sheffield Wednesday, who lost their fifth straight game in a 4-1 loss.

Michail Antonio put Wednesday ahead after three minutes but Manuel Almunia saved a Chris Lines penalty in the 32nd minute and Watford went on to score three times in the last half-hour.

Marcus Tudgay equalised for Barnsley in a 1-1 draw with Burnley, and Blackpool and Birmingham were locked in a 1-1 draw.

Mid-table Charlton saw off last-placed Petersborough 2-0 and Brighton beat lowly Bristol City by the same margin.