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Dortmund end year in relegation zone

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan and Dortmund have had a terrible first half of the season. Credit: PA

Werder Bremen piled the misery on Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 Bundesliga win at the Weserstadion on Saturday.

Davie Selke put the hosts in front and Fin Bartels added a second before Mats Hummels grabbed a consolation for the Westphalians, who completed their worst ever first half of a season with just 15 points - and 10 defeats.

Ten-man Watford ruin Clarke's first game as Reading boss

Steve Clarke was presented
Steve Clarke was presented to the crowd before the game. Credit: PA

Steve Clarke's Reading tenure began with defeat as his side were beaten 1-0 by 10-man Watford at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading dominated most of the SkyBet Championship encounter, especially after Watford centre back Gabriele Angella was sent off for picking up a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Watford hung on, as Reading squandered a series of chances, and broke away to score with 20 minutes remaining through Almen Abdi.


Rotherham win leaves Wigan six adrift of safety

Goals from Tom Lawrence and Alex Revell earned Rotherham their first win in 10 matches to pile the misery on fellow strugglers Wigan in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 2-1 result now leaves Wigan - one of the pre-season favourites for promotion - six points adrift of safety, extending their miserable run to one win in 17 matches.

Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay's arrival has not helped results. Credit: PA

Lawrence scored the opener for Steve Evans' Rotherham after a dreadful mistake by Andrew Taylor.

Wigan levelled just after the hour mark when Ben Watson headed home James McClean's corner.

But the visitors picked themselves off the canvas and regained the lead within a minute, Revell heading past Scott Carson from close range.

Birmingham up to 15th after win over Huddersfield

David Cotterill
David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

Midfielder David Cotterill lit up an otherwise dour SkyBet Championship encounter with a stunning free-kick to earn Birmingham a 1-0 win against Huddersfield.

The swerve on Cotterill's 70th-minute effort appeared to deceive Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies.

Blues striker Clayton Donaldson was fouled on the right edge of the box by Anthony Gerrard and Cotterill stepped up for the set-piece.

Bournemouth smash Blackpool for six

Lee Clark
Lee Clark will be devoid of Christmas cheer. Credit: PA

Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Matt Ritchie bagged a brace for the Cherries, while Callum Wilson, Brett Pitman with a penalty, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter also hit the target, with Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation for the hosts.

Brentford hold firm to see off Cardiff comeback

Jota was on the scoresheet
Jota was on the scoresheet once again. Credit: PA

Brentford held off Cardiff's second-half fightback to continue their impressive SkyBet Championship promotion push with a 3-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bees were coasting after first-half goals from Alex Pritchard, Andre Gray and Jota Peleteiro Ramallo put them in total control.

Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones pulled goals back for Cardiff, but the visitors held on to make it seven wins from their last eight games.

Cardiff, meanwhile, fall further away from the play-off places as they struggle for consistency under Russell Slade.

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