City went into the game having had their 100% start ended on Saturday when Barnsley struck a stoppage-time equaliser. Boro made the breakthrough on 73 minutes when George Saville robbed Taylor Moore as the midfielder tried to play out from the back, and it finished 1-0.
Reading capitalised to move three points clear at the top of the table after beating Wycombe by the same score. Lucas João scored his sixth goal in as many games after taking down a long pass before firing home on 64 minutes. The Reading goalkeeper Rafael Cabral produced a fine reaction save in stoppage time to prevent Fred Onyedinma from equalising.
Millwall saw off Luton 2-0 at the Den and sit fourth after back-to-back league wins. Matt Smith, who had earlier hit a post with a close-range header, helped give the home side the lead in first-half stoppage time following a deflection at a corner which went in off the defender Martin Cranie. With 11 minutes left, the winger Connor Mahoney wrapped things up when he cut in from the left and slotted in a low finish off the post.
Norwich beat Birmingham 1-0 with a late goal from the substitute Mario Vrancic at Carrow Road, where the visitors finished with 10 men. Todd Cantwell, who was linked with a move away from Norwich in the transfer window and was a threat throughout the match, had a goal ruled out in the second half. Adam Clayton was then sent off after a late tackle on the England under-21 midfielder and Vrancic finally broke the deadlock with only three minutes left to put his side seventh.
Huddersfield beat Derby 1-0 with a goal early in the second half from Juninho Bacuna. The Dutchman fired into the far corner on 53 minutes. Derby – missing the self-isolating Wayne Rooney who has now returned a negative coronavirus test – could not find a way back as the centre-back Matt Clarke saw his late header hit a post.
Coventry and Swansea drew 1-1 at St Andrew’s. Jordan Shipley put the home side in front on 19 minutes when his shot from the edge of the penalty area flew in off the post. Swansea were level four minutes before half-time when André Ayew capitalised on a swift break down the left. Coventry could have won it late on but Jamie Allen’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Sammy Ameobi hit a late equaliser as Nottingham Forest fought back to draw 1-1 against Rotherham. Daniel Barlaser had put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot on 51 minutes. Ameobi, though, secured a point with 11 minutes left when he put away a cut-back from Lewis Grabban.