Second placed Birmingham kept up the pressure on Wolves in the Coca-Cola Championship as they claimed three points at Cardiff, with goals from James McFadden and Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. Ross McCormack scored late for the home side.

Reading are up to third after they trounced Swansea 4-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

Kevin Doyle helped himself to two, after 26 and 90 minutes, with the Hunts - Noel and Stephen - adding the other goals in a one-sided first-half.

Preston saw their fine start to the season dealt a blow at Turf Moor as Burnley ran out 3-1 winners in a match where substitute Callum Davidson was shown red 20 minutes from time.

Barry Nicholson put North End in the lead with 22 minutes on the clock but that was as good as it got for the visitors, with Joey Gudjonsson, Steven Caldwell and Chris Eagles hitting back unanswered.

QPR knocked high-flying Premier League side Aston Villa out of the Carling Cup in midweek but put in a tired performance in losing 2-0 at home to Derby.

A goalless draw had looked favourite going into the last 10 minutes but first Martin Albrechtsen (80) then Emanuel Villa (89) handed the Rams victory.

Freddy Eastwood hit a confidence-boosting second goal of the season to earn Coventry a share of the spoils against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

The Wales international found the target to cancel out Ben Burgess' opener after 58 minutes.

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