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Championship Spotlight: Weeks 22 and 23

So Reading picked up all three points on Saturday but how did the stormy weather and festive season impact the rest of the Championship?

The managers behind our Game of the Fortnight.
The managers behind our Game of the Fortnight.
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Happy New Year! In a special fortnight edition, we take a look at how the Championship teams ended 2015 and started 2016.

Game of the Fortnight

The game of the fortnight could be found at the Riverside Stadium where Middlesbrough went four points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a win at home to second placed Derby. Aitor Karanka's side are now unbeaten in eight matches following a convincing 2-0 win over their closest title rivals.

They left it late but Boro' finally scored eight minutes from time after some nice build-up between Grant Leadbitter and Stewart Downing, the former playing a lovely through ball into Albert Adomah, who calmly chipped the onrushing keeper lee Grant.

Middlesbrough got a second just over a minute later. Following a deflected shot, David Nugent got the ball and squared the ball over to George Friend who capped off a fine display with a simple tap in.

Man of the Match: George Friend

Other news

The transfer window has opened once again so teams will all be looking to bolster their squads ahead of the run in. One of those teams might just be Brighton who are now without a win in six games and goalless in four. After going unbeaten in 21 games they've come back down to earth with three defeats in their last four to slide down to fourth.

Wolves used their win over Reading to spark into life, winning each of their last three while Forest have also used their win over us as a launchpad, going unbeaten in eight games after beating us 3-1 in late November.

At the other end it's looking increasingly bleak for Charlton whose fans protested the club's ownership before and after Saturday's draw with Forest.

It's now eight games without a win for the Addicks who've only won twice since August to slide into the bottom two. Fulham appointed Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager and he's got plenty of work to do as they're on a run of just one win in 11 and are now under a transfer embargo.

Goal of the Fortnight

Goal of the Fortnight goes to Brentford's Sergi Canos. The Liverpool loanee produced a great bit of skill and a fantastic finish to secure all three points for his team, sadly we all know who it was against!

Player of the Fortnight

George Friend is the player of the fortnight. He was instrumental in helping his team to clean sheets over both Sheffield Wednesday and Derby, scoring against the latter in the 84th minute to put the game out of reach and secure his Middlesbrough side the win.

All Results

Saturday, Dec 26th 2015

Brentford 0-0 Brighton

Bristol City 1-1 Charlton

Derby 2-0 Fulham

Huddersfield 3-1 Preston

Hull 3-0 Burnley

Ipswich 2-1 QPR

MK Dons 2-1 Cardiff

Rotherham 4-0 Bolton

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham

Wolves 1-0 Reading

Sunday, Dec 27th 2015

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds

Monday, Dec 28th 2015

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Birmingham 1-0 MK Dons

Burnley 4-0 Bristol City

Charlton 0-2 Wolves

Preston 1-0 Hull

QPR 1-1 Huddersfield

Reading 1-2 Brentford

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Tuesday, Dec 29th 2015

Brighton 0-1 Ipswich

Cardiff 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Fulham 4-1 Rotherham

Leeds 2-2 Derby

Friday, Jan 1st 2016

Brighton 0-1 Wolves

QPR 1-2 Hull

Saturday, Jan 2nd 2016

Birmingham 2-1 Brentford

Bolton 0-2 Huddersfield

Burnley 0-0 Ipswich

Cardiff 1-0 Blackburn

Charlton 1-1 Nottingham forest

Fulham 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Leeds 1-1 MK Dons

Middlesbrough 2-0 Derby

Preston 2-1 Rotherham

Reading 1-0 Bristol City