Britt Assombalonga's first-half goal earned Middlesbrough a 1-0 Championship win at Blackburn Rovers, who played the second period a man light following Derrick Williams' red card.

Victory sends Tony Pulis' side into fifth, with a three-point cushion over seventh-place Derby County in the race for a top-six finish and a spot in the play-offs.

Boro will still harbour hopes of automatic promotion - sitting seven points behind second-place Sheffield United, over whom they have a game in hand - while for Rovers, Sunday's defeat at Ewood Park was their fourth on the bounce and leaves them 14th.

The visitors took the lead in the 19th minute when Charlie Mulgrew misjudged a long pass from the back and, although he recovered to slide in and block Ashley Fletcher's effort, succeeded only in diverting the ball towards Assombalonga to nod home his 10th league goal of the season from point-blank range.

And it was a second Mulgrew mistake that led to Williams' sending off prior to the interval, the centre-back misreading another ball over the top before his fellow defender brought down Fletcher on the edge of the box and received a straight red.

Lewis Wing thumped a 25-yard strike off the crossbar shortly after the restart as Pulis' men sought a second and they ought to have been undone by former Boro striker Danny Graham, who could only skew an attempt over from six yards with 12 minutes remaining.

Graham teed up Bradley Dack five minutes later, but the midfielder's first-time volley was superbly saved low to his right by Darren Randolph as Boro held on for all three points.

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship after a 2-1 victory over Swansea City, Marcelo Bielsa's side leapfrogging Norwich City – who lost at Preston North End.

Leeds had started Wednesday two points behind Norwich but goals from Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison were enough to move them back to the summit.

Oliver McBurnie did pull one back for Swansea with a late penalty but it was too little too late as Leeds sealed an 18th win of the campaign midweek.

Leeds have a one-point advantage over Norwich thanks to stunning display from Preston – managed by former Canaries boss Alex Neil – at Deepdale.

CANARIES KNOCKED OFF THEIR PERCH

Preston quickly opened up a 2-0 lead over Norwich as Ben Davies and Paul Gallagher beat Tim Krul. 

Marco Stiepermann missed a penalty before the break and when Sean Maguire scored Preston's third, Norwich were beaten.

Teemu Pukki grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but it was never going to be enough to stop them dropping down to second position following the 3-1 defeat.

Sheffield United are hot on their heels after a 1-0 win over 10-man Middlesbrough, Richard Stearman's first goal of the season enough to move the Blades within two points of the automatic promotion places.

 

LAMPARD LEFT FRUSTRATED

With Middlesbrough losing, Derby County had the chance to move into the top-six but they could only take a point at bottom club Ipswich Town after a 1-1 draw.

Tom Lawrence gave Derby an early lead at Portman Road but Jon Nolan rescued a point minutes after coming off the bench for Paul Lambert's strugglers.

"The team performance wasn't good enough," said a frustrated Frank Lampard. "If there was a natural complacency from going 1-0 up, then we got taught a lesson."

 

SMITH LOSES ON BRENTFORD RETURN

Dean Smith's first trip back to Brentford ended in a 1-0 defeat as his Aston Villa side conceded in the 91st minute at Griffin Park, Neal Maupay netting his 18th goal of the campaign.

"We are getting further away [from the promotion picture] at the moment because we're not picking up points," said a dejected Smith. "We have to take stock of it now and make sure we go and get a result against West Brom."

Elsewhere, Reading lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, while Stoke City are four games without a win after a goalless draw against Wigan Athletic.

Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear confirmed that the club's teenage winger Jack Clarke is heading home from hospital to rest after suffering an illness during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

Clarke was treated by paramedics in the Leeds dugout during the last 10 minutes of the game at the Riverside Stadium before being taken to the James Cook University Hospital for tests.

Kinnear said that the 18-year-old, who played the first half of the game before being substituted, spent the night at the hospital and will undergo tests but gave a positive assessment of his condition.

"Jack has had messages from football fans from every club you can imagine and we all really appreciate it," Kinnear told the club's official website.

"Jack spent the night under the supervision of the medical staff from the club and he will return home today.

"He will undergo some more tests this week and everything is looking well, but he won't train for the rest of the week.

"In the meantime we would like to thank everyone who has sent well wishes and once again thank Middlesbrough Football Club for all they did for Jack."

Clarke looks set to miss Leeds' Championship clash with Swansea City on Wednesday at Elland Road, where they will seek a first win in three matches to boost their hopes of promotion.

Clarke has made 16 league appearances for Leeds this season, scoring two goals and attracting interest from Premier League clubs during the January transfer window.

He posted a message on Twitter, saying: "Would like to thank everyone for the support and love they have shown, massively appreciated."

Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke has been taken to hospital after falling ill during his side's 1-1 Championship draw with Middlesbrough.

The 18-year-old, who started the match but was substituted at half-time, was attended to by paramedics in the dugout during the final 10 minutes of normal time.

The club released a statement, which read: "Jack Clarke began to feel unwell during the second half of our Sky Bet Championship fixture with Middlesbrough and received medical attention.
   
"The player is responsive and attending hospital with the club's head of medicine and performance.
   
"On behalf of everyone at Leeds United, we would like to thank the medical staff from both clubs for their response to the incident."

Kalvin Phillips equalised in the 11th minute of injury time to secure a point for the visitors at the Riverside Stadium.

The result puts Marcelo Bielsa's side back on top of the Championship, one point ahead of Norwich City, who face Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Newport County knocked Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup to set up a fifth-round tie at home to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Boro boss Tony Pulis endured a miserable return to Newport as his Championship promotion hopefuls were beaten 2-0 in Tuesday's replay by the League Two side.

In heavy rain at Rodney Parade, Robbie Willmott opened the scoring for Newport with a long-range strike that Boro goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos should have kept out.

But there was nothing the 40-year-old Greek could do about the clincher as a right-wing corner routine produced a stunning second Newport goal.

Willmott's low delivery fooled the Boro defence and Padraig Amond met the ball with a superb first-time finish that sent the ball spinning into the top corner for his fourth FA Cup goal of the season.

Newport took Tottenham to a fourth-round replay last season and Michael Flynn's side now have a date with City to look forward to later this month.

Wolves had to come from behind at Shrewsbury Town to force a replay and they were again pushed hard by the League One strugglers in the Molineux return.

Matt Doherty's second-minute goal opened the scoring but goals from James Bolton and Josh Laurent put Shrewsbury in front in the tie once more.

Doherty levelled in first-half added time, though, and Wolves edged through 3-2 thanks to a winning goal in the 62nd minute that was made by Doherty and scored by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Second-half goals from Nahki Wells and Matt Smith earned Queens Park Rangers a 2-0 home win over Portsmouth, while Brentford prevailed 3-1 against Barnet in the battle of the Bees.

Last-16 ties will be played over the weekend of February 15 to 18, with Chelsea hosting Manchester United in a repeat of last year's final in the tie of the round.

 

FA Cup fifth round draw in full: 

Bristol City v Wolves
AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace
Newport County v Manchester City
Chelsea v Manchester United
Swansea City v Brentford
Queens Park Rangers v Watford
Brighton and Hove Albion or West Brom v Derby County

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn against last season's beaten finalists Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn against last season's beaten finalists Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

Premier League side Wolves had to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with League One side Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth round, while Watford left Newcastle United with a 2-0 win.

The biggest win of the day came at the Etihad Stadium, however, as Manchester City demolished Burnley 5-0 to seal a place in Monday's fifth-round draw.

Swansea City were also emphatic victors, defeating Gillingham 4-1, while fellow Championship sides West Brom and QPR played out 0-0 and 1-1 draws with Brighton and Hove Albion and Portsmouth, respectively.

Derby County survived a scare away to Accrington Stanley, edging a heated encounter 1-0 after both sides had a man sent off.

Doncaster Rovers boost the League One contingent in the draw after they edged out League Two's Oldham Athletic 2-1.

WOLVES CLAW THINGS BACK AGAINST BRAVE SHREWS

Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves have attracted acclaim in the Premier League this term, but they had a lucky escape on Saturday against a team two divisions below them.

The Shrews found themselves one up just after the break, as Greg Docherty's stunning effort found the top corner.

Luke Waterfall added to that 19 minutes from time, his header leaving Wolves on the brink of elimination.

But back came Nuno's men - Raul Jimenez pulled one back with a neat finish inside the area soon after, and Matt Doherty headed in the last-gasp equaliser, earning Wolves a replay.

MIDDLESBROUGH DENIED BY NEWPORT

League Two's Newport County earned themselves a home replay with a stoppage-time leveller of their own to draw at Championship side Middlesbrough.

Daniel Ayala's header early in the second half looked to have done enough for the home side.

However, Matt Dolan - a former Middlesbrough player - equalised in the third minute of added time to force a replay and leave Tony Pulis frustrated, though there was one element he was happy about.

Speaking to BBC Sport at full-time, Pulis said: "John Obi Mikel [Boro's new signing] did smashing, that was his first game for a long time. He is so composed on the ball, he lifts the rest of the team, he is that type of player."

WATFORD TRIUMPH IN ALL-PREMIER LEAGUE TIE

Javi Gracia received criticism before their trip to St James' Park after making 11 changes to his team, but a 2-0 win made it look as though the Spaniard knew precisely what he was doing.

Andre Gray opened the scoring with a crisp finish following Will Hughes' inch-perfect throughball just past the hour.

And Isaac Success wrapped things up late on, bundling in from close range after Domingos Quina's cross.

John Obi Mikel has joined Middlesbrough on a short-term deal, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 31-year-old has finalised his move to the Riverside Stadium after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda at the end of the Super League season in November.

Mikel is Boro's second signing this month, following the loan arrival of Rajiv van La Parra from Huddersfield Town.

The midfielder spent 11 years in England with Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League.

The Nigeria international, who played at last year's World Cup, had been linked with moves to Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, as well as Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, before agreeing to sign for Boro.

Tony Pulis' side sit fifth in the Championship table after 28 matches, seven points behind leaders Leeds United.

Arsenal will host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Manchester City at home to Burnley.

Leganes have confirmed the signing of Martin Braithwaite on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Denmark striker Braithwaite, who played for his country at the World Cup, has struggled to make an impact for the Championship club since joining from Toulouse in 2017.

And after spending time on loan with Bordeaux last term, scoring four goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances, the 27-year-old will spend the rest of the campaign at Leganes.

"Braithwaite is talking to Leganes. The club who were interested in him in the summer. We think that will happen," Boro boss Tony Pulis said after Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Derby County.

"I have not had a lot of time with him, I had two or three weeks before he went last season on loan, and four or five months this season. Good luck if he wants to go. He wanted to go in the summer. He has got his move now."

Leganes are unbeaten in six games in all competitions but sit 16th in LaLiga, just four points above the relegation zone.

Norwich City rescued a late 1-1 draw at Brentford to edge closer to Championship leaders Leeds United, who were beaten 4-2 by Nottingham Forest.

Sheffield United closed in on the top two thanks to their 3-0 win at Wigan Athletic, but no one else in the top six was able to win – Derby County were held at home 1-1 by fellow high-flyers Middlesbrough, while West Brom lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers.

Rock-bottom Ipswich Town continue to look doomed as they went down 3-2 at home to Millwall, while Rotherham United's 2-1 triumph over Preston North End saw them climb out of the bottom three at the expense of Bolton Wanderers, who were crushed 6-0 by Hull City.

Tammy Abraham continued his good form with another couple of goals in Aston Villa's entertaining 2-2 draw with QPR, Sheffield Wednesday were held by Birmingham City and Bristol City left Stoke City with a 2-0 win.

 

LEEDS SCALP EASES PRESSURE ON KARANKA

Leeds suffered a second successive Championship defeat, as Nottingham Forest came out on top in a thriller at the City Ground.

It was by no means the ideal start for Leeds, as Jack Colback rounded goalkeeper Baily Peacock-Farrell to give the hosts an early lead.

Things got worse for the visitors just before the break when they lost Kalvin Phillips to a red card for a woeful tackle on Adlene Guedioura, but Jack Clarke had a swift impact when introduced at the interval with a clinical finish to equalise, and Ezgjan Alioski smashed in from close range in the 64th minute to put Leeds in front.

Yet the 10 men were unable to maintain their intensity and Forest rallied as Colback levelled, before Daryl Murphy and Ben Osborn netted in the final 18 minutes to ease the pressure on Forest boss Aitor Karanka.

 

NORWICH UNABLE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF LEEDS SLIP-UP

Timm Klose was Norwich's late hero as the Swiss defender scored a late equaliser to move the Canaries a point closer to Leeds.

Julian Jeanvier put Brentford ahead in the 22nd minute, beating Tim Krul from a corner.

It looked like Norwich were heading for defeat, though the leveller did arrive eventually seven minutes from time, as Klose nodded Mario Vrancic's corner home to move Daniel Farke's men two points behind Leeds.

 

SWANS IN FULL FLIGHT

Swansea endured a pretty poor time over the Christmas period with two defeats and a draw, but a visit to struggling Reading proved the perfect tonic.

They were ahead after just two minutes as Oliver McBurnie headed in Kyle Naughton's cross.

Connor Roberts doubled their lead with half an hour played, stabbing in from close range following Leroy Fer's teasing delivery, and Mike van der Hoorn nodded in their third on the stroke of half-time.

A foul on Wayne Routledge allowed McBurnie to get his second – and 10th of the season – from the penalty spot early in the second half, before Callum Harriott got a late consolation for the hosts.

 

HULL HIT BOLTON FOR SIX

It was a day to forget for Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson on his return to Hull, whom he managed in 2006.

Kamil Grosicki ensured it was 1-0 at the break and Hull blew their visitors away in the second half, scoring five more without reply.

Evandro made it 2-0, before Grosicki got his second of the day – the two goals separated by just 81 seconds.

Chris Martin, Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko rubbed salt in Bolton's wounds, giving Hull a fifth successive win as they started 2019 with a bang.

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