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Championship roundup: Ben Brereton Díaz stars again as Blackburn hit four

Ben Brereton Díaz scored twice as his fine run of form continued in Blackburn’s 4-0 win over Birmingham, lifting his side to third in the Championship.

Blackburn needed just six minutes to open up their opposition, with John Buckley scoring his first of the campaign. Although the visitors rallied towards the end of the half and were unlucky when Chuks Aneke’s strike hit the crossbar, Blackburn ruthlessly put them to the sword with three second-half goals.

Reda Khadra’s composed finish made it 2-0 and Brereton Díaz slotted home a penalty on the hour before the Chilean striker capped a fine move with a close-range header, his 19th goal of the season.

Blackburn’s promotion push shows no signs of fading after they registered a fifth consecutive clean sheet for the first time since 1996-97, and a fifth straight league win for the first time since 2000. Birmingham’s away misery continued with a sixth loss in nine, during which time they have scored just three times.

Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to nine league matches as Brennan Johnson hit the winner in a 2-1 victory over Hull.

That sequence equalled Forest’s best since 2016 with Johnson completing a second-half comeback that had been started by their captain, Lewis Grabban, who scored his 10th goal from the penalty spot after Keane Lewis-Potter had put the Tigers in front. The win moved Forest to seventh, one point outside the play-off places.

Huddersfield came from behind to secure their first away league victory since September with a 3-2 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Play was held up for several minutes by crowd trouble in the second half as missiles were thrown by home fans when the visitors prepared to take a left-wing corner and referee Dean Whitestone signalled both teams to their respective dug-outs while order was restored.

City took the lead two minutes in through Andreas Weimann before the Terriers were awarded a penalty, but Dan Bentley saved Danny Ward’s effort. Huddersfield found the equaliser just before half-time through Duane Holmes and Danel Sinani put them in front one minute into the second half.

Ward made up for his earlier penalty miss by nodding home their third before Weimann scored a consolation for the Robins in stoppage time.

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Blackpool beat Peterborough 3-1 – their first win in eight games – to move up to 12th. Siriki Dembele put Posh in front 10 minutes in, going round the goalkeeper and slotting home, before Keshi Anderson hit the equaliser. The Seasiders retook the lead in the 86th minute through Sonny Carey and Jerry Yates scored a third in the 90th.

Bournemouth were unable to take advantage of West Brom’s draw with Barnsley on Friday, losing 1-0 at Middlesbrough.