Wes Hoolahan stepped off the bench to score a second-half hat-trick as Norwich won for the fourth time in five games with a 4-2 npower Championship victory over Sheffield United.
Simon Church's goal eight minutes from time helped Reading move into the play-offs as they claimed a 1-1 draw at Hull.
The substitute netted from close range after Nigel Pearson's men had failed to clear Ian Harte's free-kick.
Brian Laws came under heavy fire from Burnley supporters after struggling Scunthorpe claimed a deserved 2-0 victory at Turf Moor with goals from Martyn Woolford and Chris Dagnall.
Sven-Goran Eriksson was stung by goals from Steve Morison and Jason Puncheon as Leicester crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Millwall.
Wales striker Morison took his tally for the season to 11 and Puncheon grabbed his second goal since joining on loan from Southampton to leave the visitors on the ropes well before half-time.
Substitute Brett Pitman kept his cool to score a penalty deep into injury time and rescue a point for Bristol City in a 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace.
It had looked like Neil Danns' second-minute free-kick would give Palace victory but Julian Speroni brought down Danny Rose and Pitman converted the 94th-minute spot-kick.
Preston will go into 2011 rooted to the bottom of the Championship after a 3-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Middlesbrough at Deepdale.
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