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Championship roundup: Middlesbrough close gap in promotion race

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Middlesbrough closed the gap on Championship rivals Sheffield United as the race for promotion to the Premier League took a fresh twist on Saturday.

Michael Carrick's Middlesbrough won 3-1 at Swansea to move within four points of United after their 1-0 home defeat against Luton.

Carlton Morris' 15th goal of the season gave fourth-placed Luton victory at Bramall Lane.

And after Joel Piroe gave Swansea a half-time lead at the Liberty Stadium, Middlesbrough hit back through goals from Aaron Ramsey, Cameron Archer and Chuba Akpom, who has now scored 23 times this term.

Nathan Tella took his goal tally for the campaign to 16 as leaders Burnley eased to a 3-0 victory over bottom of the table Wigan at Turf Moor.

On-loan Southampton forward Tella headed in the opener after 14 minutes and struck again two minutes after half-time, with Lyle Foster adding a third late on.

Wigan had to play with 10 men for 62 minutes after Omar Rekik's sending off for two yellow cards.

Millwall moved into the play-off places after Andreas Voglsammer's 11th-minute penalty secured a 1-0 triumph at Reading.

Matty Godden cancelled out Oscar Estupinan's 13th goal of the campaign to secure play-off chasing Coventry a 1-1 draw against Hull.

John Swift converted from the penalty spot to give West Brom a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

Second-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Alex Scott condemned Blackpool to a 2-0 defeat at Bristol City.

QPR ended a 13-match winless run to spoil Chris Wilder's first game in charge of Watford, with Tim Iroegbunam striking in the 15th minute to secure a 1-0 victory.

Birmingham beat Rotherham 2-0 and Preston defeated Cardiff by the same score.

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