By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading and Sheffield United march on at the summit of The Championship.
It is as you were at the summit of The Championship following wins for leading pair Reading and Sheffield United.
Dave Kitson bagged a hat-trick as Brighton offered little resistance against leaders Reading in a 5-1 rout at The Madejski.
The South Coast visitors went behind just before the half-hour mark through a Charlie Oatway own goal and things went from bad to worse.
The points were in the bag after the interval when Kitson netted his first from the penalty spot moments after Gary Elphick was sent off.
Reading wrapped up the points with Kitson bagging his second before Stephen Hunt added a fourth for the rampant leaders.
Brighton did pull one back through Colin Kazim-Richards but it proved nothing more than a consolation before Kitson completed his hat-trick.
Sheffield United made light work of Burnley at Bramall Lane with two quick-fire first half goals sinking The Clarets in a 3-0 triumph.
Neil Shipperley (pictured) opened the scoring with a fine finish and moments later they doubled their lead with Danny Webber adding a second.
Veteran Shipperley confirmed the points for The Blades with a counter-attack goal late in the game to wrap-up the points for Neil Warnock's side.
Watford are back up to third in The Championship after Marlon King's late equaliser gave The Hornets a point against Plymouth.
Nicky Chadwick opened the scoring for The Pilgrims, but King's goal rescued a point and lifted the side over Leeds who lost to Cardiff.
The Whites had won their previous four but were second best to Cardiff who won thanks to Jason Koumas' first half free kick.
Millwall remain rooted to the foot of the table after Claus Jorgensen's goal gave Coventry City the points at The Ricoh.
The Lions finished the contest with just 10 men following Matt Lawrence's second half dismissal.
Crewe took the lead against Norwich thanks to Billy Jones' opener, but a brace from substitute Paul McVeigh gave Norwich a 2-1 win at Gresty Road.
Andy Johnson cancelled out Seol Ki-hyeon's opener for Wolves at Selhurst Park to earn a point for Crystal Palace.
Preston took the lead at Derby thanks to Claude Davis' header, but their lead did not last as Tommy Smith's late penalty secured a draw for The Rams.
Ipswich were indebted to Daniel Haynes for salvaging a late 2-2 draw to QPR at Portman Road.
Stefan Moore fired The R's ahead, although less than 10 minutes later a rare goal from Jason De Vos levelled matters.
Paul Furlong's goal before the break looked like giving the visitors all three points before Haynes rescued a point.
Hull City secured their sixth league win of the campaign with Jason Price's late effort sinking lowly Sheffield Wednesday at The KC Stadium.
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|Coventry City|| 1-0|| Millwall|
|Crewe|| 1-2|| Norwich|
|Crystal Palace|| 1-1|| Wolves|
|Derby|| 1-1|| Preston|
|Hull|| 1-0|| Sheffield Wed|
|Ipswich|| 2-2|| QPR|
|Leeds|| 0-1|| Cardiff|
|Reading|| 5-1|| Brighton|
|Sheff Utd|| 3-0|| Burnley|
|Watford|| 1-1|| Plymouth|