Wolves move closer to Premier League return despite red cards
Championship review: Ireland defender Matt Doherty one of two Wolves players to be sent off
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo (centre) celebrates after the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship match against Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Wolves moved closer to a Premier League return as they survived the dismissal of two players to claim a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough.
The visitors were reduced to nine men with 19 minutes left as Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty was sent off for two bookable offences, a quarter-of-an-hour after Ruben Neves was also dismissed for picking up two bookings in the space of three minutes.
Middlesbrough spent the closing stages of the game camped in the Wolves box, but while Patrick Bamford scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, they were unable to claw their back to level terms. As a result, they remain in the final play-off position, with their superior goal difference keeping them ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City.
Cardiff had earlier closed to within three points of Wolves after beating relegation-battlers Burton 3-1 to extend their winning run to eight games.
Zohore put Cardiff ahead after 16 minutes, rifling in following good work from Junior Hoilett out wide.
Burton, who sit 23rd in the table, hit back five minutes later through Bent but the hosts were back in front before the break as Mendez-Laing found the net in first-half stoppage time.
The Bluebirds extended their advantage in the 64th minute when Paterson scored his fourth goal of the month to make sure of the points.
Shaun Williams scored after just 27 seconds as Millwall beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the early kick-off to maintain their playoff push.
The win extends the Lions’ unbeaten run to 13 league matches and takes them within one point of the top six with seven matches remaining.
Williams’s first-minute header put Neil Harris’s men in charge before Lee Gregory’s 10th goal of the season doubled their advantage before the break.
Meanwhile, Bristol City missed the chance to break into the playoff spots but claimed a share of the spoils in their 2-2 draw with struggling Barnsley thanks to Josh Brownhill’s late goal.
Kieffer Moore headed 21st-place Barnsley ahead after seven minutes but City were back on terms in the 31st minute through Famara Diedhiou.
Moore was involved again as Barnsley regained the lead in the 78th minute as his cross was turned home in style by Brad Potts.
But Brownhill headed the away side level in added time.
New Reading manager Paul Clement made a good start as his side secured a first win in 10 matches with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
An early individual goal from Sone Aluko eased Reading’s relegation fears, although they had substitute Yann Kermorgant sent off for a second bookable offence late on.
Sheffield United and Brentford both had a man sent off as they drew 1-1 at Griffin Park.
Atdhe Nuhiu netted a brace as Sheffield Wednesday beat playoff hopefuls Preston 4-1.
Adam Le Fondre’s second-half effort kept the visitors in the game but Leeds managed to hold on to seal all three points.