Championship round-up: Nathan Tella nets hat-trick as Burnley continue promotion push
Nathan Tella’s hat-trick ensured Burnley continued their march back to the Premier League as the Championship leaders eased to victory at Hull.
Vincent Kompany’s side require just three more wins to secure promotion after a 3-1 win at the MKM Stadium.
An even first half ended with the visitors in front when Tella struck, before a volley and a smart finish wrapped up the victory, Ozan Tufan hitting a late consolation for Hull.
Sheffield United remain a distant 13 points adrift in second spot after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Sunderland.
A cool finish from Paris St Germain loanee Edouard Michut – his first for the Black Cats – opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light.
United would rally, though, James McAtee steering home an equaliser in first-half stoppage time before Tommy Doyle’s free-kick sealed a comeback win on the hour.
Luton’s own promotion hopes remain intact after the Hatters secured a 1-0 victory at home to midtable Bristol City.
The hosts needed just four minutes to score the game’s only goal to make it three wins in a row for Rob Edwards and his Hatters.
Carlton Morris headed home a fine Cody Drameh cross to settle the contest in favour of Luton, who close to within a point of third-place Middlesbrough.
Blackburn moved up to fifth, two points behind Luton, after seeing off 10-man Reading 2-1 at Ewood Park.
Ryan Hedges’ late effort proved decisive after Cesare Casadei’s first senior goal had levelled Ben Brereton Diaz’s opener, while Reading’s night was compounded by a late rad card for Mamadou Loum.
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Huddersfield moved off the foot of the table as they frustrated former boss David Wagner and his play-off hopefuls Norwich.
Gabriel Sara put the Canaries ahead but the Terriers, who rarely threatened, earned a 1-1 draw through a Grant Hanley own goal, while Arsenal loanee Marquinhos was sent off late on for Norwich.
Cardiff moved a point further clear of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom as Sory Kaba’s equaliser cancelled out Daryl Dike’s opener for the Baggies.