Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.Matt Ritchie bagged a brace for the Cherries, while Callum Wilson, Brett Pitman with a penalty, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter also hit the target, with Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation for the hosts.
Middlesbrough went into the day only behind Bournemouth on goal difference but they were beaten 2-0 at Ipswich Town, with Daryl Murphy and Jay Tabb strikes pushing the Tractor Boys above their opponents and up to second place.
Brentford made it seven wins from their last eight games when prevailing 3-2 at Cardiff City, with Alex Pritchard, Andre Gray and Jota putting the visitors in control before replies from Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones for the Bluebirds.
Norwich City twice came from behind to share the spoils in a 2-2 lunchtime draw at Derby County, with Cameron Jerome and Steven Whittaker striking for the Canaries and Johnny Russell and Chris Martin on target for County.
The other live game on Sky Sports, between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, finished 1-1 with Matt Fryatt's opener being cancelled out by a Billy Sharp second-half penalty.
Jordan Rhodes enjoyed a double strike as Blackburn Rovers beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at Ewood Park, while David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game as Birmingham City prevailed at Huddersfield Town.
Ross McCormack, Shaun Hutchinson, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow with a stoppage-time penalty all hit the target as Fulham hammered Sheffield Wednesday 4-0.
Watford recovered from having Gabriele Angella sent off to claim a 1-0 victory at Reading thanks to Almen Abdi's 70th-minute score, while Tom Lawrence and Alex Revell netted either side of a Ben Watson strike as Rotherham United edged out Wigan Athletic 2-1 at DW Stadium.
Darren Bent put Brighton & Hove Albion ahead at Wolves, but the visitors had Bruno sent off before Danny Batth levelled late on in a 1-1 draw.