Middlesbrough ensured they would be spending Christmas at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after an emphatic victory on Saturday lunchtime.Boro made the visit to unbeaten Brighton & Hove Albion, and secured all three points in the penultimate match of Sky Sports' #10in10.
To rub salt into the Seagulls' wounds, they were overtaken by Derby County later in the afternoon - the Rams defeated in-form Ipswich Town 1-0.
Hull City failed to close the gap after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Rotherham United, a result that lifts the Millers within a point of safety.
Fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers and Bristol City both grabbed points at home, while there were defeats for Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Milton Keynes Dons.
Birmingham kicked off the weekend action with Friday night success over Cardiff City, while three matches will be played on Sunday to complete the Championship pre-Christmas schedule.
Here are all the results from Matchday 22 of the Championship:
Friday 18th December
Birmingham City 1-0 Cardiff City
Saturday 19th December
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Middlesbrough
Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Fulham
Brentford 4-2 Huddersfield Town
Bristol City 1-1 Queens Park Rangers
Burnley 4-0 Charlton Athletic
Ipswich Town 0-1 Derby County
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons
Rotherham United 2-0 Hull City
Sunday 20th December
Leeds United v Preston North End
Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers