By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preston North End have gone top of the Championship, despite a 1-1 with Coventry City.
Preston North End moved top of the Championship, despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Coventry City.
Cardiff City's 3-0 defeat at Stoke City meant Paul Simpson's side leapfrogged The Bluebirds in the table.
The Lilywhites opened the scoring ten minutes before the break when David Nugent headed the home side in front.
Preston, however, were unable to go to the summit with a win, as Dele Adebola deservedly struck an equaliser for The Sky Blues ten minutes from the end.
Cardiff fall from the top of the table after a miserable three-goal defeat at Stoke, as Tony Pulis's side took their winning streak to five straight games.
Three goals in five second-half minutes sealed the win for The Potters, as Ricardo Fuller (60), Liam Lawrence (63) and Mamady Sidibe (65) all found the scoresheet for the home side.
Cardiff's night ended with a sending off for Stephen McPhail (85) for violent conduct at The Britannia Stadium.
Burnley fine season continued with a 2-1 win over Leeds United at Turf Moor.
The visitors were put under pressure when Hayden Foxe (52) was shown a second yellow card and sent off after he was adjudged to have handled the ball.
The Clarets then broke the deadlock through Gifton Noel-Williams (67) before former Leeds trainee Andy Gray (69) struck the winner for Steve Cotterill's side.
David Healy (87) scored a consolation for The Whites, but Dennis Wise's side came away with nothing from their trip to Lancashire.
Colchester United made former manager Phil Parkinson's return to Layer Road a nightmare of an experience, as The U's thrashed Hull City 5-1.
After Nicky Forster (16) gave The Tigers the lead, Chris Iwelumo scored the first of his four goals on 19 minutes.
Iwelumo's second came from the penalty spot on 54 minutes before Jamie Cureton (57) made it three for the Essex club.
Iwelumo then made it a hat-trick on 66 minutes before he found the scoresheet for the fourth time on 79 minutes to complete the rout.
Plymouth Argyle heaped an eighth straight defeat on Mike Newell's Luton Town after a 1-0 home success.
Bojan Djordjic (61) found the scoresheet for The Pilgrims.
Sheffield Wednesday continue to climb the table after a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Hillsborough.
Glenn Whelan (11) gave The Owls the lead with a header from Chris Brunt's cross before Madjid Bougherra (15) made it two with a header from Kenny Lunt's free kick.
Jason Koumas (89) got a consolation for The Baggies before Steven MacLean struck a penalty in injury time for Wednesday.
Norwich City defeated Leicester City 3-1 at Carrow Road, despite going behind to a header from Patrick McCarthy (23).
Carl Robinson equalised just before half-time, and Robert Earnshaw (59) hit the winner for The Canaries.
A Gareth McAuley own-goal sealed the three points for the home side in Norfolk.
Crystal Palace held Wolverhampton Wanderers to a 1-1 draw at Molineux.
A Lewis Gobern free-kick (63) gave Wolves the lead, but Dougie Freedman (84) earned a point for The Eagles in the Black Country.
Goals from Daryl Murphy (17) and Grant Leadbitter (45) gave Sunderland a 2-1 victory at Queens Park Rangers.
Ray Jones (73) scored a consolation for QPR.
Finally, managerless Barnsley moved out of the bottom three after a 2-0 home win over Southend United.
Brian Howard (24) gave The Tykes the lead before Kyel Reid (87) sealed three vital points for the South Yorkshire club.
Reid, however, saw his night soured by a late sending off for a second bookable offence.
Click below for match summaries:
Barnsley 2-0 Southend United
Burnley 2-1 Leeds United
Colchester United 5-1 Hull City
Norwich City 3-1 Leicester City
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Luton Town
Preston North End 1-1 Coventry City
Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 3-0 Cardiff City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Sunderland