West Brom moved to the top of the English Championship with a resounding 4-0 win at Cardiff that turned the heat up on under-fire Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy.

Karlan Grant's early effort, a Curtis Nelson own goal, an Alex Mowatt screamer and Matt Phillips’ icing on the cake extended the visitors’ unbeaten start and underlined the gulf between the two sides.

This was Cardiff’s sixth defeat in seven games in all competitions and, coming after Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Blackburn, McCarthy had to endure chants of 'You’re getting sacked in the morning’ from both sets of supporters.

Mick McCarthy's side are 16th in the Championship table

After his hat-trick against Cardiff, Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz grabbed two more against Huddersfield but the Terriers came out on top in a 3-2 victory.

Rovers twice came from behind, Brereton Diaz cancelling out Alex Vallejo’s opener and then scoring from the penalty spot after Danny Ward had put Huddersfield back ahead to cap a spell of three goals in eight minutes.

But Ward had the last laugh, grabbing the winner for the hosts in the 84th minute.

Stoke took the lead against Preston in the sixth minute through Nick Powell’s header as they looked to close on the top two but Ben Whiteman earned a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Ilias Chair scored either side of half-time for QPR in a 2-0 victory over Birmingham while Middlesbrough won by the same score against Sheffield United, Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair netting in the first half.

Ten-man Hull secured a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool. Shayne Lavery opened the scoring for the visitors in the 42nd minute and Pool looked set for the points when Lewie Coyle was sent off with ten minutes remaining but Tom Eaves grabbed the equaliser.