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Hignett leaves Middlesbrough

Craig Hignett
Craig Hignett has left the Riverside. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have confirmed that assistant head coach Craig Hignett has left the Sky Bet Championship club with immediate effect.

The 44-year-old left his role as assistant manager to Colin Cooper at League Two Hartlepool in March to join Aitor Karanka's backroom staff at the Riverside Stadium and has helped guide Boro into play-off contention this season.

Cooper brace sees Reading end poor run at Norwich

Jake Cooper
Jake Cooper, front, headed two goals. Credit: PA

Young defender Jake Cooper was the Reading hero as they emerged from a poor run of away form with an excellent 2-1 win at misfiring Norwich.

The 19-year-old opened his account for the Royals with two first-half headers to earn the points from the Sky Bet Championship tussle after Gary Hooper had fired the hosts into an early lead.

It was Reading's first win in seven away matches - while Norwich have now only won once in 10 games and the team managed by Neil Adams were loudly booed off by frustrated fans at the final whistle.

Debut Bent goal not enough as Brighton lose to Fulham

Sami Hyypia
Sami Hyypia has endured a poor start at Brighton. Credit: PA

Darren Bent scored on his Brighton debut but it was not enough to prevent the Seagulls slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to fellow-strugglers Fulham.

The former England striker was signed on loan from Aston Villa this week and made an immediate impact at the Amex Stadium with the opening goal early in the second half.

However, Brighton's lead lasted just 10 minutes before Hugo Rodallega struck an equaliser and Lasse Vigan Christensen's goal then turned the match in Fulham's favour.

Defeat for the home side was compounded by the last-minute dismissal of Adrian Colunga as Sami Hyypia's Brighton slipped into the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Assombalonga scores and gets sent off in Forest defeat at Birmingham

Britt Assombalonga
Britt Assombalonga made an impact at both ends. Credit: PA

Birmingham beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in a frantic finish at St Andrew's to increase their unbeaten run to five games under Gary Rowett.

Birmingham appeared to be coasting to a comfortable win following David Cotterill's first-half strike when Britt Assombalonga grabbed a fine equaliser in the 84th minute.

Assombalonga was Forest's hero with his goal but he then became their villain five minutes later when he handled the ball in the area and was sent off for the offence.

Paul Caddis, who had missed the previous penalty he had taken at St Andrew's, made no mistake from the spot sending goalkeeper Karl Darlow the wrong way.

Antenucci double earns Leeds three points

Mirco Antenucci
Mirco Antenucci struck both goals. Credit: PA

Mirco Antenucci scored twice and Leeds scratched a nine-year itch against Derby as the Championship pace-setters were beaten 2-0 at Elland Road.

Prior to today United had failed to defeat the Rams since September 2005, some 12 games ago in their rivalry. That Derby won 10 of that dozen made it an all the more frustrating record for the Whites.

One win in 10 against anyone before this hardly inspired confidence either but Antenucci's double powered Leeds on as Steve McClaren's men were rattled in a way they rarely have been this season.

Hunt sees off Charlton

Noel Hunt
Noel Hunt struck for Ipswich. Credit: PA

Noel Hunt grabbed a debut goal in stoppage time as Ipswich snatched a dramatic 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win at Charlton.

The striker, who only joined Town on loan from Leeds 48 hours earlier, came on as an 83rd-minute substitute and struck the winner with the last kick of the match.

The goal condemned Charlton to a first home defeat of the season and cemented Ipswich's place in the play-off spots. Such an outcome had looked unlikely in a game of few chances between two sides more prone to drawing than winning so far this season.

Cardiff aiming to resolve Cala issue

Juan Cala
Juan Cala is training with the academy. Credit: PA

Cardiff manager Russell Slade has said the club are looking at whether Spanish defender Juan Cala broke club discipline rules on social media.

Cala revealed on Twitter this week that he could leave the SkyBet Championship club after being sent to train with the club's academy, although Slade said ahead of Saturday's trip to Watford that the centre-back "is doing his rehab work there".

"I just want the situation to be sorted out and to play here on (sic) in another club ASAP!! Thank you for support," Cala wrote on Twitter.

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