Football

Newcastle keep slim lead over Brighton

Newcastle United maintained their one-point advantage at the top of the English Championship, after first-half goals from Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame earned them a 2-1 victory in their first-ever meeting with Burton Albion on Saturday.

Brighton and Hove Albion kept up their hot pursuit of Rafael Benitez's men as they ruined Gianfranco Zola's debut as Birmingham City manager with a dramatic 2-1 comeback win.

Jaap Stam's Reading moved above Huddersfield Town into third place after a 3-2 win at Blackburn Rovers.

Leeds United moved into fifth with Kyle Bartley's 89th-minute header earning them a 1-0 win over Brentford.

Sheffield Wednesday are in the final play-off spot in sixth place, after Steven Fletcher converted a stoppage-time winner to beat Rotherham 1-0. - REUTERS

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