Blades win Derby to cut gap at top

Sheffield United cut Reading’s lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship to nine points with a 2-1 derby win over rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Michael Tonge put the Blades on course for victory at Hillsborough when he clipped in a free-kick after 38 minutes.

Ade Akinbiyi followed up with a second just before the interval but Wednesday hit back in the second half and made it 2-1 with a Steven MacLean penalty 10 minutes from time.

It made for a nervy closing period, with Wednesday having another penalty claim turned down, but United held on to strengthen their promotion claims.

Watford took advantage of Leeds’ draw at Leicester to move up to third in the table with a 1-0 win at Brighton.

Chris Eagles secured the points with a superb goal in the last minute of the first half at the Withdean Stadium.

Leeds slipped up as they were held 1-1 by 10-man Leicester at the Walker’s Stadium.

Iain Hume opened the scoring for the Foxes in the fifth minute after a Joey Gudjonsson free-kick but the game soon swung in Leeds’ favour as the home side had Patrick McCarthy sent off.

McCarthy was dismissed for bringing down Rob Hulse in the area in the 12th minute but although Robbie Blake levelled from the spot, Leeds could not force a winner.

Crystal Palace dropped two points as they conceded a late equaliser to struggling Millwall to draw 1-1 at the New Den.

Iain Dowie’s play-off hopefuls had looked on course for victory after taking the lead through Ben Watson after 67 minutes.

Relegation-threatened Millwall offered little throughout the game but they managed to snatch an equaliser when Ben May struck in the 89th minute.

Cardiff, in seventh place, maintained their challenge with a 1-0 win over Hull at Ninian Park.

Cameron Jerome struck the winner after 22 minutes, taking advantage of a mix-up in the Hull defence to score his first goal in four games.

Leon Cort thought he had equalised moments later but his effort was ruled out and Hull were unable to get back into the game.

Kenny Miller scored his first goal since announcing he was leaving Wolves for Celtic at the end of the season with the winner against Ipswich.

The Scot claimed the only goal at Molineux when he struck home a 74th-minute penalty – Wolves’ first spot-kick of the season – after Jeremie Aliadiere was brought down.

Vincent Pericard hit a hat-trick as Plymouth overpowered Coventry 3-1 at Home Park. Pericard opened the scoring from 10 yards in the 13th minute before claiming a second after 41 minutes.

He completed his treble 16 minutes before full-time and although Dennis Wise maintained his fine goalscoring record at Coventry by pulling one back, Plymouth were easy winners.

Norwich ran out 2-0 winners over derby after goals from Jonatan Johansson and Darren Huckerby. Johansson struck in the 26th minute before Huckerby made certain of the win seven minutes from time.

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