Saturday 7th December

Michael Kightly netted the only goal of the game as Burnley returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 win over managerless Barnsley.

The Clarets were third at the start of the day and Kightly's 65th-minute strike at Turf Moor, along with results around them, ensured they took the second-tier lead once more.

Queens Park Rangers missed the chance to pull clear at the top of the table after a lacklustre goalless draw against Blackburn Rovers.

Harry Redknapp's side dropped points at home for only the second time this season and are now behind new leaders Burnley on goal difference.

This term Rangers have developed a happy knack of grinding out 1-0 victories from similarly uninspiring matches, but their goal touch for once deserted them.

Ashley Barnes scored twice and Craig Conway hit the other as Brighton and Hove Albion upset high-riding Leicester City with a 3-1 victory at the Amex Stadium.

Andy King had reduced the score to 2-1 for the Foxes in the second half but a penalty from Barnes put the result to bed as Leicester slipped to their second successive defeat in the Championship.

They sit third in the table, one point behind leaders Burnley, while Brighton move within three points of the Play-Off places.

In Saturday's early kick-off, Chris Martin's first ever Football League hat-trick helped Derby County cruise to a 5-1 victory over Blackpool in the first game at the renamed iPro Stadium.

Isaiah Osbourne headed Blackpool in front early on but that was as good as it got for Paul Ince's side, whose indiscipline continued as they finished the game with nine men.

The Seasiders' goal led a charmed life for the remainder of the first half. Their luck ran out after half-time, though, as Derby hit three quick-fire goals to turn the game on its head.

A Martin double, the first a penalty, and another effort from Craig Bryson put the Rams in control by the 57th-minute mark.

Former Norwich City striker Martin, in his first full season with Derby following a loan spell during the last campaign, took his tally for this season to 13 goals as he completed his treble with another spot-kick - an incident which saw Neal Bishop sent off.

Substitute Angel Martinez then also saw red for the visitors before captain Richard Keogh completed the rout in injury time.

Simon Cox's fifth goal of the season was enough to steer Nottingham Forest into the top six as they secured a 1-0 win over managerless Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, while Reading's nine-match unbeaten home run came to an abrupt end as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to lowly Bournemouth at the Madejski Stadium.

Troy Deeney equalised with four minutes to go as Watford got a 3-3 draw at Leeds United in a game they appeared to have thrown away.

Gianfranco Zola's men had not won in seven before the clash, but that appeared set to change when they took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to goals from Deeney and Christian Battocchio.

Leeds - on a run of five straight home wins - roared back at them, though, and with 12 minutes left were ahead thanks to a thrilling comeback started by Danny Pugh, extended by Matt Smith and finished by the in-form Ross McCormack.

But there was still time for more drama as Deeney cashed in after Paddy Kenny failed to deal with George Thorne's long-range grass-cutter.

Daryl Murphy headed home a dramatic winner to cap a perfect week for Ipswich Town and beat unlucky Huddersfield Town 2-1 at Portman Road, and Uwe Rosler was given an indication of how hard his job at Wigan Athletic will be as he watched from the stands as his new charges fell to a 2-1 defeat against Millwall at The Den.

Scotland international Chris Burke showed his value to Birmingham City as he inspired a spirited fightback that secured a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, while Joe Mason and Andre Moritz's first-half goals helped fire Bolton Wanderers to a comfortable victory 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers.

Elsewhere, Yeovil Town pulled off a superb second-half comeback to secure a spirited 2-2 draw with 10-man Charlton Athletic.

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