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Championship wrap: Middlesbrough close gap on leaders

By Football News

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.