Zian Flemming scored a brilliant hat-trick for Millwall to lift them back into the Championship playoff places as they beat Preston 4-2. Flemming’s double put Millwall ahead in the first 16 minutes of the game, but Preston pulled back when goals from Andrew Hughes and Ched Evans brought the scores level going into the break.
The Dutch midfielder completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute to put the Lions back in front before Charlie Cresswell added a fourth to take the Lions up to sixth in the table.
Sheffield United returned to winning ways following their loss to Rotherham on Tuesday with a 1-0 win against Cardiff. George Baldock scored the only goal of the game for the Blades to return to the top of the table, while the Bluebirds drop to 19th.
Matt Crooks’ late strike saw Middlesbrough snatch three points with a 2-1 win at Norwich. Josh Sargent scored his ninth of the campaign to put the Canaries ahead in the seventh minute, but Riley McGree levelled in the 64th minute. Michael Carrick’s rejuvenated side continued to search for a winner, with Crooks hitting a stoppage-time strike to make it four consecutive league games without a loss for Boro.
Interim Luton manager Mick Harford saw his side snatch a late point at home to Rotherham as they drew 1-1. Former manager Nathan Jones left for Southampton on Thursday, and the Hatters went a goal down in the first minute of the game when Jamie Lindsay put the Millers in front, but Luke Berry scored in the 90th minute to earn a draw.
Liam Rosenior’s first home game in charge of Hull ended in defeat as the Tigers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Reading thanks to a late own goal. Jacob Greaves put Hull in front before Yakou Méïté equalised, but a rebound off Ryan Longman saw Hull concede right at the death.
Coventry continued their good spell of form as goals in each half from Viktor Gyokeres saw them earn their fourth straight league win with a 2-0 victory against QPR.
Struggling Wigan left it late as Curtis Tilt’s header saw them beat 10-man Blackpool 2-1. Marvin Ekpiteta was sent off for Blackpool in the 17th minute, but they took the lead through Gary Madine. James McClean levelled for the Latics nine minutes into the second half and Tilt found the winner with two minutes left on the clock.
The Tangerines drop into the relegation zone, while West Brom climb out of the bottom three into 21st after a 2-0 win against Stoke. Kyle Bartley put the Baggies in front six minutes before the break and Brandon Thomas-Asante doubled their lead early in the second half with an overhead kick.
Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield held Swansea to a 0-0 draw while Bristol City and Watford also finished goalless.