EPL Promotion Watch: Middlesbrough Making Surge Toward Top of Championship

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2012

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30:  Middlesbrough forward Scott Mcdonald celebrates his opening goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on October 30, 2012 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Just a month ago, Middlesbrough were sitting one spot out of the top 10 in the Championship table.

Now, Boro have catapulted themselves up to second place thanks to a six-match winning streak in all competitions.

After beating Sunderland on the road on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup, Boro continued their impressive form with a 4-1 thumping of Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Four different players found the back of the net for Tony Mowbray's club in their road win at The Valley.

The only thing separating the club from the lead in the Championship is goal difference.

Boro's goal difference is four goals behind league leaders Cardiff City, who fell to Bolton, 2-1, on Saturday after giving up two second-half goals that came five minutes apart.

As of now, Cardiff and Middlesbrough both have 28 points and sit in the top two in the table, which will earn them automatic promotion to the Premier League.

In the playoff positions, which are third through sixth place with one of the clubs advancing after a playoff round at the end of the season, not much changed over the weekend.

The biggest change did not come from any of the results on the pitch; it came from the managerial ranks as third-place Crystal Palace hired Ian Holloway from Blackpool to become their new manager after losing former manager Dougie Freedman to Bolton.

With Holloway watching his new club from the stands after signing with the club late this week, Palace defeated Blackburn 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Glenn Murray scored two goals for Palace as they moved up to third with 27 points.

With the loss, Blackburn dropped one place in the table to sixth in their first match under their new manager Henning Berg, who replaced the fired Steve Kean this week.

The fourth-place club in the table, Leicester City, have seen a recent drop in form after sitting on top of the Championship table for most of the early part of the season.

The Foxes suffered their second straight 2-1 loss on Saturday to Watford on the road.

Leicester are in trouble of dropping another few positions in the table if they do not break their losing streak soon.

Leicester sit in fourth place with 25 points, just ahead of fifth-place Hull City, who have the same amount of points, with Blackburn in sixth and Huddersfield Town in seventh with 23 points each.

On Saturday, Hull won 1-0 at home over Barnsley, while Huddersfield Town beat Bristol City by the same scoreline.

The English second flight will be back in action with the 15th round of matches on Tuesday with the key match being Huddersfield Town hosting Blackburn.