Brentford turn up the heat on Canaries
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Norwich City's Championship weekend went from bad to worse with Brentford thumping Middlesbrough 4-1 in the north-east to move within a point of the Canaries.
The Bees cut loose at the Riverside a week after Boro held Daniel Farke's side to a goalless draw. Norwich have since drawn 0-0 at Millwall and lost at another of their big promotion rivals, Swansea City, 2-0 on Friday night.
Brentford's 19-game unbeaten run, the best in English football at present, saw them leapfrog the Swans into second place with both clubs still having a game in hand on the Canaries.
Neil Warnock's side took a third minute lead, through an own goal credited to Brentford keeper David Raya, but Ivan Toney notched a brace to take his tally to 22 league goals for the season, with Mathias Jensen and Vitaly Janelt also on target for Thomas Frank's rampant side.
The Bees have a vastly superior goal difference to Norwich and can knock the Canaries off top spot if they get a point at Reading on Wednesday night.
There was some respite for Norwich with promotion contenders Watford held to a 0-0 draw earlier in the day against Coventry and the Royals also drawing 0-0 at Stoke City - the Potters are next up for Farke's side at Carrow Road next weekend.
Sixth-placed Bournemouth were pegged back twice but beat Birmingham 3-2 on the south-coast in the first game for the Cherries since they dismissed coach Jason Tindall. Former Leeds and Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate is currently in caretaker charge.
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The Cherries have now opened up a five point gap to seventh-placed Middlesbrough.