After another busy weekend in the championship, free scoring Watford and Bournemouth both strengthened their push for promotion after 4-1 and 4-0 wins over Reading and Blackpool respectively.
After their 4-1 win at the weekend, it now means since the 5th of December 2014, Watford have scored three or more goals in a game on eight occasions, the most impressing fixture being when they score seven second half goals against bottom of the league, and assured relegated team, Blackpool.
With Watford moving up to second after yet another convincing win, it meant that table toppers Bournemouth needed to win, and convincingly.
It was the perfect game for them to yet again boost their goal tally as they faced seaside club Blackpool who everybody and anybody is knocking goals past in recent weeks.
With a first half hattrick courtesy of Brett Pitman, Bournemouth eased passed Lee Clark’s men with the addition of Callum Wilson’s second half penalty which made it a comfortable 4-0 win. That win meant that Bournemouth stayed top with a plus eight goal difference over second placed Watford.
In third place, Middlesbrough earned a much needed victory over another play-off and automatic promotion hopeful, Ipswich. After another well rounded performance by on-loan Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford, Boro romped to a 4-1 win, which upon reflection was a fair result in the lunch time kick off.
In what was perhaps the biggest fixture of the weekend between Norwich and Derby, spoils were shared in a very one sided game. The home team Norwich took the lead after a brilliant one touch team goal finished off by 18 goal striker Cameron Jerome. However, against the run of play, goalkeeper John Ruddy failed to keep hold of an in swinging corner from the left which somehow found its way into the net. 1-1 was the final score in that game.
The final two teams chasing the play offs places both failed to pick up the points they were both seeking. Brentford lost 2-1 at home to Welsh side Cardiff City who recorded their third away win on the bounce and midlands team Wolverhampton Wanders only managed a point against a resurged Brighton and Hove Albion team in a 1-1 draw.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Birmingham City drew 1-1 with Huddersfield town, Leeds United kept Nottingham Forest at bay in a 0-0 draw. Bolton heaped more misery onto Millwall who sacked Ian Holloway in the week as they beat the struggling side 2-0.
Blackburn Rovers returned to winning ways thanks to a Jordan Rhodes double in a 3-1 away to Charlton Athletic as he to fans at ease over recent rumours he might be leaving in the near future and Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 with a Fulham side who still aren’t safe from relegation.