Chris Sutton’s hat-trick helped Blackburn Rovers to victory over Leicester City, despite a late rally from the visitors.
Martin Dahlin gave Rovers the lead and Sutton then doubled the advantage before netting just before and after half-time to complete his treble.
Colin Hendry put Blackburn 5-0 up in the 63rd minute, but the final three goals went to Leicester as Stuart Wilson, Muzzy Izzet and Robert Ullathorne struck in the final 22 minutes.
Blackburn climbed three places into second, but 11 points behind leaders Manchester United. Leicester were left eight points adrift of Rovers in eighth.
Liverpool missed the chance to move within four points of leaders Manchester United as they were beaten by relegation battlers Middlesbrough.
The hosts were winless in 14 Premier League matches prior to kick-off, but they took a 31st-minute lead when Stewart Downing’s corner was turned into the net via the knee of Xabi Alonso.
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones produced a fine display, denying Liverpool an equaliser, and it was 2-0 on 63 minutes when Tuncay Sanli finished from a Jeremie Aliadiere cross.
Liverpool remained seven points behind league leaders Manchester United and were overtaken by Chelsea, dropping into third place.
Middlesbrough would drop into the bottom three on goal difference following Blackburn Rovers' victory the next day.