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Bournemouth hit six to race one clear at the top

By Staff Reporter

Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Matt Ritchie bagged a brace for the Cherries, while Callum Wilson, Brett Pitman with a penalty, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter also hit the target, with Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation for the hosts.

Middlesbrough had been only behind Bournemouth on goal difference but they were beaten 2-0 at Ipswich, with Daryl Murphy and Jay Tabb strikes pushing the Tractor Boys above their opponents and up to second place.

Brentford made it seven wins from their last eight games when prevailing 3-2 at Cardiff, with Alex Pritchard, Andre Gray and Jota putting the visitors in control before replies from Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones for the Bluebirds.

Norwich twice came from behind to share the spoils in a 2-2 lunchtime draw at Derby, with Cameron Jerome and Steven Whittaker striking for the Canaries and Johnny Russell and Chris Martin on target for County.

Jordan Rhodes enjoyed a double strike as Blackburn beat Charlton 2-0 at Ewood Park, while David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game as Birmingham prevailed at Huddersfield.

Ross McCormack, Shaun Hutchinson, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow with a stoppage-time penalty all hit the target as Fulham hammered Sheffield Wednesday 4-0.

Watford claimed a 1-0 victory at Reading thanks to Almen Abdi's 70th-minute score, while Tom Lawrence and Alex Revell netted either side of a Ben Watson strike as Rotherham edged out Wigan 2-1 at DW Stadium.

Brighton and Wolves drew 1-1.

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