By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff and Birmingham both won while Preston were held by Southend.
Cardiff City and Birmingham City both won while Preston North End were held by Southend.
Cardiff City extended their Championship lead to two points with Riccardo Scimeca's goal giving them a slender 1-0 success over Burnley.
Preston lost ground on The Bluebirds after being held to a goalless draw against bottom-of-the-table Southend at Roots Hall.
Birmingham City are now level with The Lilywhites after they beat Barnsley 2-0 at St Andrews.
In-form Gary McSheffrey put Blues ahead, although they had to wait until injury time until Neil Danns made the points safe.
Derby County are up into fifth after securing an impressive 2-1 victory over Coventry City at The Ricoh Arena.
Jon Stead's first goal for The Rams put the visitors in front although Stern John levelled matters for The Sky Blues.
However, Steve Howard's header after 76 minutes ensured Derby left with the three-point haul.
Stoke heaped more misery on Crystal Palace after Darel Russell's 38th minute goal gave The Potters a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.
Leeds United remain inside the drop zone despite securing an impressive 3-0 Elland Road win over Colchester United.
Robbie Blake's goal put The Whites ahead before Richard Cresswell's header and Blake's second from the penalty spot wrapped up the points.
Hull City are ahead of Leeds on goal difference thanks to their 2-0 home win over high-flying Wolves.
Goals either side of half time from Craig Fagan and Stuart Elliott ensured The Tigers secured their fourth win of the campaign.
Sheffield Wednesday are another side in form and continued their good run with a 2-0 success at Ipswich Town.
Marcus Tudgay's early goal put The Owls in front with Madjid Bougherra's late effort confirming the points.
Norwich City have closed to within a point of West Brom following a 1-0 win at The Hawthorns.
Baggies old boy Robert Earnshaw was the villain for the home side after netting the winner after 57 minutes.
Luton came from behind to lead QPR before going on to lose 3-2 to The R's at Kenilworth Road.
On-loan Jimmy Smith put the visitors in front but goals on the stoke of half time from Adam Boyd and Ahmet Brkovic turned things around.
However, Luton shot themselves in the foot with Markus Heikkinen putting through his own net before Dexter Blackstock ensured a QPR win.
Gareth Bale's injury-time goal claimed a late point for Southampton at Sunderland.
Ross Wallace's 62nd goal looked like giving The Black Cats the points before Bale struck.
Leicester twice led Plymouth at The Walkers Stadium before being held in a 2-2 draw.
Iain Hume put The Foxes ahead, but Leicester old boy Lilian Nalis levelled matters just minutes later.
Levi Porter restored the home side's lead although Barry Hayles' injury-time strike secured a late share of the spoils.
Click below for match summaries:
Birmingham City 2-0 Barnsley
Cardiff City 1-0 Burnley
Coventry City 1-2 Derby County
Crystal Palace 0-1 Stoke City
Hull City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ipswich Town 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United 3-0 Colchester United
Leicester City 2-2 Plymouth Argyle
Luton Town 2-3 Queens Park Rangers
Southend United 0-0 Preston North End
Sunderland 1-1 Southampton
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Norwich City