Leeds beat Huddersfield to take lead

Leeds have returned to the top of the English Championship in style after beating Huddersfield 2-0 at Elland Road.

Luke Ayling's stunning third-minute volley was added to by Patrick Bamford's 13th goal of the season early in the second half on Saturday to take United one point clear of West Brom, who drew 0-0 at Swansea.

Marcelo Bielsa's side have now won their last five matches without conceding a goal, for the first time since 2009.

The Baggies are six points above third-placed Fulham after the Cottagers could only draw 1-1 at Bristol City.

Tom Cairney's composed finish six minutes from time snatched a point, cancelling out Nahki Wells' opener.

Fourth-placed Brentford returned to form by ending a five-match winless streak with a 5-0 demolition job on Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo's struggling Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.

Josh Dasilva netted twice while Emiliano Marcondes, Tarique Fosu and Bryan Mbeumo also found the net, the latter's 14th of the campaign, to leave Wednesday with one victory in 10 league matches.

QPR came from behind to provide further damage to Preston's play-off hopes at Deepdale.

Daniel Johnson's penalty gave North End a halftime lead, only for Grant Hall and Ryan Manning to strike either side of their teammate Geoff Cameron seeing red, before Eberechi Eze sealed a 3-1 triumph.

A third consecutive loss for Preston saw seventh-placed Bristol City close to within one point.

Middlesbrough moved out of the bottom three at Charlton's expense with Paddy McNair's strike giving them a 1-0 win at the Valley.

Sam Clucas scored twice against his old side to allow Stoke to surge three points clear of the relegation zone following a 5-1 hammering of Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine's free-falling Hull.

Cardiff hammered another nail in Barnsley's coffin after securing a 2-0 victory at Oakwell.

Reading ended Birmingham's 10-match unbeaten league run with a 3-1 victory at St Andrew's.