Keane on course for first win

Roy Keane gained some much-needed respite as struggling Ipswich established a 1-0 interval lead against Nottingham Forest with a goal from home debutant Grant Leadbitter.

Keane, who began his playing career at Forest under legendary boss Brian Clough, has come under increased scrutiny due to a horrendous six-match winless streak in the Coca-Cola Championship.

But midfielder Leadbitter, recruited from Sunderland by Keane, rifled home a right-footed shot from 12 yards inside the opening minute to put the Tractor Boys on course for their first win of the season.

West Brom are bidding to climb above leaders Newcastle – who travel to Blackpool tomorrow – but they are being held 1-1 at home by Doncaster at the break.

Rovers led at the Hawthorns in the seventh minute when Waide Fairhurst drilled the ball home from six yards before Albion defender Jonas Olsson headed his side level in the 19th minute.

Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger was named among the Middlesbrough substitutes at Sheffield Wednesday following his loan move from Preston and saw his new side fall behind inside the second minute.

Luke Varney fired the Owls ahead but Darren Purse put through his own goal to draw Boro level in the 19th minute before Wednesday defender Mark Beevers was stretchered off shortly before the break with a serious-looking injury.

Sheffield United’s unbeaten start to the season came under threat as the Republic of Ireland's Leon Best put Coventry 1-0 ahead at the Ricoh Arena with a clinical right-footed strike in the 12th minute.

But Jamie Ward equalised with a brilliant strike into the top corner in the 31st minute to register his third goal of the season.

Adam Hammill scored a brilliant first goal for bottom club Barnsley to draw Mark Robins’ side level at Derby after Rob Hulse headed home a 27th-minute opener.

Leicester’s 100% home record was under threat after Peterborough edged 1-0 ahead at the break with a 32nd-minute penalty from George Boyd.

Scunthorpe lead 2-0 at home at the break against unbeaten Preston thanks to goals from Grant McCann and Gary Hooper while struggling Swansea went in goalless at home to Bristol City.

The match between QPR and Crystal Palace at Loftus Road called off by referee Mick Russell after a final pitch inspection at 7pm following persistent and heavy rain in west London which left standing water across parts of the playing surface.

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