Bournemouth moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table after an eventful 5-3 defeat of Cardiff City at the Goldsands Stadium.Matt Ritchie, Harry Arter, Marc Pugh, Yann Kermorgant and Callum Wilson were on target for the Cherries, with Kenwyne Jones and a Sean Morrison double keeping the Bluebirds in contention until late on.
Middlesbrough are only below them on goal difference after they knocked Derby County off the summit with a 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium in the lunchtime kick-off.
Patrick Bamford opened the scoring and Grant Leadbitter struck the second from the penalty spot after Ryan Shotton was sent off.
Demarai Gray hit a hat-trick as Birmingham City made it four wins in their last six league matches with a 6-1 thrashing of Reading at St Andrew's.
Paul Caddis, Andrew Shinnie and David Cotterill all netted for Gary Rowett's Blues, with Glenn Murray grabbing the consolation for the Royals.
Norwich City were also big winners as they crushed Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Carrow Road, with Bradley Johnson bagging a brace and Nathan Redmond, Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban all scoring after the Terriers had Murray Wallace sent off in the 17th minute.
Eidur Gudjohnsen appeared as a second-half substitute for Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium, but there were no goals in the Trotters clash with the highflying Ipswich Town.
Jonathan Douglas, Andre Gray and Jose Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo struck as Brentford beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1, while Troy Deeney bagged a brace as Watford secured a 2-1 success against Wigan Athletic, which leaves Malky Mackay still without a win as Latics boss.
Leon Clarke netted the only goal of the game as Wolverhampton Wanderers ended a run of five straight defeats by prevailing at Sheffield Wednesday and Hugo Rodallega's strike helped Fulham win by the same scoreline at Leeds United.
Steve Davies struck late on as bottom club Blackpool claimed a 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic, while Rotherham United's game with Nottingham Forest ended goalless.