Premier League-chasing Norwich held

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Championship leaders Norwich City have been held to a 1-1 draw at home by Blackburn Rovers as second-placed Watford closed the gap at the top to eight points with a convincing 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Birmingham City.

Norwich, the runaway leaders who are hot favourites to return to the Premier League, took the lead eight minutes into the second half on Saturday as Kenny McLean scored from close range.

Yet the hosts were denied all three points as Blackburn substitute Sam Gallagher headed in from a free kick.

Daniel Farke's runaway leaders were left on 83 points from 38 games, with Watford on 75 points after their stroll against Birmingham.

"We have got used to winning games recently so it was obviously a bit of a disappointment to draw this game," said Farke.

"But it was another point towards what we want to achieve."

Watford enjoyed complete control with goals from Ken Sema, Nathaniel Chalobah and Andre Gray securing them a ninth win in 10 games and their fifth on the trot.

Fourth-placed Brentford drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the day's early game to move within a point of fellow promotion hopefuls Swansea City above them.

Steve Cooper's third-placed side, who have 69 points, suffered a setback in the day's late game, losing 1-0 to Welsh rivals Cardiff thanks to an early goal from Aden Flint.

Fifth-placed Barnsley were beaten 2-1 by struggling visitors Sheffield Wednesday while Reading, who are now two points below them in sixth, drew 1-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Basement side Wycombe Wanderers drew 0-0 at Coventry City while third-bottom Rotherham United responded to a 4-1 hammering by Watford last time out by beating Bristol City 2-0 away.

Wayne Rooney's Derby County lost 1-0 at Stoke City, as Jacob Brown bagged the winner with 15 minutes left.

Millwall were also 1-0 winners thanks to an own goal by Middlesbrough's Grant Hall in the 31st minute.

Mid-table Luton Town prevailed in similar circumstances at Preston North End with Daniel Iversen putting the ball into his own net late on.