Kieran Dowell’s Sheffield United missed out on the chance to take top spot in the Championship standings as the Blades surrendered a 3-0 lead to draw at Aston Villa on Friday night.
A Billy Sharp hat-trick had the visitors in a commanding lead before on-loan Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings pulled one back. Tammy Abraham made it 3-2 and Villa academy graduate Andre Green nodded home the leveller in the fourth minute of added time.
Dowell played 74 minutes of the encounter before making way for defender Martin Cranie.
Elsewhere in the second tier, Mason Holgate played the entire match as West Brom kept pace with the league leaders thanks to a 1-0 success at Stoke City.
Ashley Williams was an unused substitute for the Potters as they slumped to 17th in the table, with the Baggies staying fourth.
Midfielder Beni Baningime made his Wigan Athletic debut in their 1-1 draw with Rotherham United. That point takes the Latics to 33, seven off the drop zone.
Callum Connolly laid on a goal for Clayton Donaldson for Bolton Wanderers yet still suffered defeat as the Trotters were beaten 2-1 by north west neighbours Preston North End.
Bolton were trailing to strikes from Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen when Connolly’s header back across goal was turned home by former Jamaica frontman Donaldson.
At the top of the Championship, Middlesbrough came within a whisker of snatching an eye-catching victory against title challengers Leeds United.
Muhamed Besic was introduced on 64 minutes for Boro goalscorer Lewis Wing in a bid to hold onto their slender advantage. But Kalvin Phillips snatched a point in added time to keep United’s promotion push on track.
On Sunday, Matthew Pennington featured in the second East Anglian derby of the campaign but was left disappointed as Norwich City saw off Ipswich Town 3-0 at Carrow Road.
Onel Hernandez opened the scoring in the second minute before Teemu Pukki netted a brace in the second half. That win puts the Canaries back on top of the Championship pile, two points clear of Leeds.
Up in the top tier, Oumar Niasse played 83 minutes of a vital 2-1 victory for Cardiff City against fellow strugglers Southampton.
The Bluebirds showed tremendous character to overcome a late equaliser from Saints defender Jack Stephens – cancelling out Sol Bamba’s opener – to snatch all three precious points when Kenneth Zohore found the bottom corner two minutes later.
In League One, Antony Evans made his Blackpool debut, stepping off the bench to help secure a 2-0 win over Walsall. Former Everton striker Chris Long opened the scoring for the Seasiders before Harry Pritchard sealed a result that saw them keep pace in the race for the play-fff places.
Overseas, Yannick Bolasie made his second appearance for Belgian side Anderlecht as they drew 0-0 at home to Zulte-Waregam.
The point moves them back into the top six, level on points with seventh-placed Gent.
Over in Spain, Sandro Ramirez was introduced on 75 minutes as Real Sociedad held Valencia to a goalless draw at the Mestalla.
The two sides are level on points – 31 – and with Valencia only sitting in eighth because of scoring two more goals than ninth-placed Socidedad.
Fellow forward Shani Tarashaj also stepped off the bench but could not prevent Grasshoppers falling to a 3-1 defeat to Zurich.
Cuco Martina played the full 90 minutes as Feyenoord kept in the hunt for a European place in the Eredivisie with a routine 4-0 win over De Graafschap, while Henry Onyekuru did likewise in Galatasaray’s 3-1 success over Trabzonspor.