Wayne Rooney’s beautiful free-kick towards Preston secured a fourth successive win for promotion-chasing Derby on Wednesday.
The Manchester United legend’s second of magic moved his facet to inside some extent of sixth-placed Cardiff, who had been held at dwelling by relegation-threatened Charlton 24 hours earlier.
The 1-Zero defeat for Preston noticed their promotion hopes take one other blow with a fifth reverse in six video games.
Elsewhere, West Brom tightened their grip on second spot with a 3-Zero win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Charlie Austin’s 37th-minute penalty and Matheus Pereira’s second-half brace ensured the Baggies bounced again from final week’s 1-Zero loss at promotion rivals Brentford.
West Brom are 5 factors away from third-placed Brentford with six video games to go.
On the different finish of the desk, Huddersfield moved out of the relegation zone with an emphatic 3-Zero win at Birmingham.
Karlan Grant opened the scoring from the penalty spot within the 10th minute.
Huddersfield’s prime scorer, with 18 objectives this season, then had a 50th-minute penalty saved by Lee Camp.
Nevertheless, his miss didn’t value Danny Cowley’s males as they doubled their benefit nearly instantly by way of Fraizer Campbell.
Elias Kachunga added a 3rd with 18 minutes remaining to place additional gloss on the scoreline.
Hull, who play Middlesbrough in a relegation six-pointer on Thursday, have fallen into the drop zone as Huddersfield climb to 19th place.
In the meantime, Nottingham Forest leapfrogged Fulham into fourth place with a 1-Zero win over Bristol Metropolis.
Tiago Silva’s excellent 62nd-minute strike was sufficient to hammer dwelling Forest’s promotion credentials.
Preston 0-1 Derby
Birmingham 0-Three Huddersfield
Nottingham Forest 1-Zero Bristol Metropolis
Sheffield Wednesday 0-Three West Brom