Middlesbrough won the battle of the top two to extend their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.The clash with Derby County remained goalless until the 83rd minute, but quickfire efforts from Albert Adomah and George Friend handed Boro the points.
The two teams below them were in action on New Year's Day and had contrasting fortunes - Hull City defeated QPR, while Brighton lost at Wolves.
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Cardiff inflicted a third successive 1-0 defeat on Blackburn Rovers, while late winners came at home for Birmingham City, Preston North End and Reading.
Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday both picked up wins on the road, at Bolton Wanderers and Fulham respectively, while fellow Yorkshiremen - Leeds United - salvaged a late point at home to MK Dons.
Elsewhere, the spoils were shared between Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest, as well as at Turf Moor between Burnley and Ipswich Town.
Here are all the results from Matchday 25 in the Sky Bet Championship:
Friday 1st January 2015
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Hull City
Saturday 2nd January 2016
Birmingham City 2-1 Brentford
Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Huddersfield Town
Burnley 0-0 Ipswich Town
Cardiff City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Charlton Athletic 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Fulham 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons
Middlesbrough 2-0 Derby County
Preston North End 2-1 Rotherham United
Reading 1-0 Bristol City
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