London, Feb 22, 2020 (AFP) - West Bromwich Albion cemented their position on top of the Championship with a 3-0 win at Bristol City as promotion rivals Leeds beat Reading 1-0 on Saturday.
Albion sit four points clear of second placed Leeds and nine ahead of third placed Fulham in the race for the two automatic promotion places to the Premier League.
Callum Robinson headed Slaven Bilic's side into the lead with 32 minutes gone at Ashton Gate and Hal Robson-Kanu doubled their advantage four minutes later.
West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers was shown a straight red card for retaliation after Jamie Paterson's challenge, but Robson-Kanu added the visitors' third 11 minutes from full-time.
Leeds secured successive wins for the first time since December as Pablo Hernandez bagged the only goal in the 57th minute against Reading at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa's side opened up a five-point gap between themselves and third placed Fulham, who drew at Derby on Friday.
Fourth placed Brentford fought back from 2-0 down to salvage a point in a 2-2 home draw against Blackburn.
Adam Armstrong gave Blackburn an early lead and converted a second-half penalty, but the Bees hit back through Oli Watkins' 21st league goal of the season and Said Benrahma's spot kick.
Joe Worrall's early header clinched Nottingham Forest a 1-0 home win against QPR and kept his side in fifth place, level on points with Brentford and Preston, who beat Hull 2-1 at Deepdale.
Cardiff lost ground on the top six after losing 2-0 at Stoke.
Millwall's play-off hopes were also dealt a blow as they lost 1-0 at Wigan courtesy of Shaun Hutchinson's second half own goal.
Huddersfield slipped to within two points of the bottom three after a 3-1 defeat at Swansea.
Scott Hogan's stoppage-time equaliser gave Birmingham a 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
Barnsley moved off the foot of the table thanks to Conor Chaplin's second-half goal in a 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough, leapfrogging Luton who lost 3-1 at Charlton.