06.02.2021 18:51 h

Brentford overwhelm Middlesbrough to boost promotion bid

Brentford crushed Middlesbrough 4-1 on Saturday to move into second place in the Championship as the race for promotion to the Premier League heats up.

Thomas Frank's side fell behind in the opening minutes when Brentford goalkeeper David Raya fumbled Neeskens Kebano's cross into his own net.

But Brentford were level in the 38th minute when Ivan Toney tapped in after good work by Tariqe Fosu.

Vitaly Janelt fired home from the edge of the area in the 58th minute after top scorer Toney had headed the ball down for him.

Mathias Jensen made it 3-1 following a slip from centre back Paddy McNair in the 64th minute, before Toney tapped in the fourth 10 minutes from time.

Brentford are just one point behind leaders Norwich and hold a game in hand.

Sixth placed Bournemouth ended their poor run with a 3-2 home win over Birmingham, with former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere scoring one and setting up another for the hosts.

Birmingham were ahead in the 27th minute when Asmir Begovic spilled a Gary Gardner cross and Scott Hogan finished from close-range.

Wilshere set up Arnaut Danjuma to level in the 36th minute and headed the Cherries ahead just past the hour mark.

Although Hogan headed an equaliser seven minutes later, Bournemouth's Philip Billing tapped in unmarked at the far post with 13 minutes remaining.

Curtis Nelson and Kieffer Moore got Cardiff's goals in the 2-0 win at Bristol City to hand manager Mick McCarthy his first victory since taking charge.

Millwall came from behind to thrash lowly Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at The Den.

Callum Paterson gave Wednesday a 10th-minute lead, but Kenneth Zohore's 39th-minute penalty levelled things up.

Scott Malone, Ben Thompson and Tom Bradshaw completed the rout.

New signing Glenn Murray impressed for Nottingham Forest in the 3-0 win at bottom club Wycombe.

Murray lobbed the opener in the seventh minute and doubled the lead nine minutes into the second half from the penalty spot.

Anthony Knockaert wrapped up the points in the 72nd minute.

Yoann Barbet's 54th-minute goal gave QPR a 1-0 win against Blackburn.

Rotherham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Preston, while Luton drew 1-1 with Huddersfield.

Coventry and Watford shared a goalless draw, with Stoke and Reading also playing our a 0-0 stalemate.

Barnsley's match against Derby was postponed following heavy rain.