Chuba Akpom took his tally to 20 English Championship goal after he bagged a second-half brace in Middlesbrough 3-1 win over QPR on Saturday.
The win saw Middlesbrough moved to within four points of Sheffield United and piles more pressure on under-fire Rangers boss Neil Critchley.
Michael Carrick’s side made it five wins in a row to continue their promotion charge, but it was another miserable afternoon for Critchley, who has won just one of his 12 games in charge of the Hoops.
Nineteen minutes into the second half, Boro got the goal they had been threatening since the restart. A corner from the right was only half cleared and a Dan Barlaser cross was headed home by Akpom.
Akpom moved further ahead at the top of the division’s goal charts when he added his second of the afternoon 13 minutes from time to wrap up the points for Boro. The hosts won a penalty when McGree went down under the challenge of Tim Iroegbunam.
Akpom’s spot-kick was saved by Dieng, but the striker was on hand to turn home the rebound.
At Gtech Community Stadium, substitute Eberechi Eze scored his fourth goal of the season for Palace, beating Ethan Pinnock at the back post to get on the end of Michael Olise’s cross.
But Vitaly Janelt scored a last-gasp equaliser in the dying seconds to ensure Brentford’s 11-match unbeaten run continued in the Premier League.
Paul Onuachu helped Southampton earn a surprise victory at Stamford Bridge. A trademark free-kick from James Ward- Prowse earned the Saints a crucial win in their bid to avoid the drop.
The win gave Southampton their first league double against Chelsea in 35 years. They last achieved that feat courtesy of a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in 1988, a match in which a 17- year-old Alan Shearer made his league debut.
Emmanuel Dennis was an unused substitute for Nottingham Forest who denied Manchester City the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League as Chris Wood’s late goal earned the Tricky Trees a 1-1 draw at the City Ground. His compatriot, Taiwo Awoniyi was not listed for the game due to injury.
In France, Folarin Balogun missed a second-half penalty for Stade Reims’ who were held to a goalless draw by Nice who paraded Terem Moffi at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday.
Balogun had used his body intelligently to win a foul from Jean-Clair Todibo inside the box. The Arsenal loanee then got up to take the resulting penalty, but his effort was comfortably saved by Kasper Schmeichel and the rebound was blazed over.
Moffi, still in search of his first goal for Les Aiglons, had arguably the best chance, but made the wrong choice from close-range, shooting instead of feeding Khéphren Thuram, who was free in middle.