BRISTOL City sacked Derek McInnes following their 4-0 home defeat to Leicester, a result which saw them go bottom of the npower Championship table.
A Chris Wood hat-trick and a Matty James strike sealed the win and McInnes’ fate.
Current pace setters Cardiff were frustrated by Ipswich at the Cardiff City Stadium as the Tractor Boys became the first team to stop the Bluebirds scoring in a league match this season as they were held 0-0.
“We were playing against a team who are right at the top of the form table with a new manager and some new players coming in,” said Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.
“They’d only lost two in 10 so if we had not worked as hard as them then we’d have been beaten. For us to come out with another clean sheet, our fourth in five games, on the back of 13 points out of 15 I’m delighted”
Blackpool caretaker boss Steve Thompson admitted Michael Appleton’s departure has “knocked the stuffing” out of the players, following their 2-1 loss at Charlton.
Thompson is back in temporary charge of the Seasiders, just as he was after Ian Holloway left two months ago, following Appleton’s decision to quit for Blackburn 24 hours earlier.
Johnnie Jackson and Scott Wagstaff put the hosts two up before the break before substitute Nathan Eccleston hit a stoppage-time consolation.
“You’d think we’d be used to it by now wouldn’t you?’’ said Thompson. “You try not to give players excuses, but it’s not the perfect scenario, when yet again these lads are coming in and there is no manager.”
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray believes his side were the architects of their own downfall in a damaging 2-1 defeat at home to Watford.
Boro gifted Watford an opener seconds before the break as skipper Rhys Williams chested down a cross in the box for Matej Vydra to stab home.
In the second half, as Boro chased the game, the lively Czech striker scored another on the break before Scott McDonald clawed back a stoppage-time consolation.
“We beat ourselves really,” said Mowbray. “We were well on top in the first half and our game plan was working just as we planned but we just couldn’t score the goal we needed and then found ourselves behind.”
Burnley saw off Crystal Palace 1-0 while Alex McLeish claimed his first victory as Nottingham Forest manager with a 2-1 win against Peterborough at the City Ground.
Elsewhere Bolton drew 1-1 with Millwall at the Reebok Stadium, Adam Hammill netted a late equaliser for Huddersfield as they drew 1-1 with Birmingham, while Brighton beat Derby 2-1.