Sheffield United emerged victorious from the Steel City derby against rivals Wednesday to keep up the pressure on Coca-Cola Championship leaders Reading.
The Royals enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Luton at the Madejski Stadium while the second-placed Blades had to scrap to secure the 1-0 win over Paul Sturrock’s side, which came thanks to former Wednesday player Alan Quinn’s first-half goal.
Reading were flattered by the scoreline against the Hatters. Steve Sidwell’s deflected strike in the closing minutes of the first half gave the Royals the advantage, before substitute Dave Kitson and Kevin Doyle added headed goals after the break.
Southampton started life after Harry Redknapp with an unconvincing 1-1 draw against Burnley at St Mary’s.
With Dave Bassett in temporary charge and Dennis Wise shouting instructions from the technical area, the hosts took the lead through Danny Higginbotham before losing their cohesion and allowing Ade Akinbiyi to earn a point.
Matthew Kilgallon’s second-half winner saw off 10-man Leicester and handed Leeds their fourth successive Championship victory. The defender’s 73rd-minute strike secured Leeds’ 2-1 success after Joey Gudjonsson’s 69th-minute penalty cancelled out David Healy’s opener.
Crystal Palace salvaged a 1-1 draw as Ben Watson fired an equaliser deep in time added on to deny rockbottom Millwall the bragging rights in the south London derby at Selhurst Park.
Palace appeared to be heading for their fourth home defeat of the season after Ben May had given the Lions a half-time lead, but Watson steered home Dougie Freedman’s cross in the 93rd minute to rescue Iain Dowie’s promotion chasers.
Sambegou Bangoura scored his sixth goal in five Championship matches but he could not prevent 10-man Stoke’s miserable home record continuing as they crashed 2-1 to QPR.
Bangoura nodded home after Paul Furlong’s early opener but Richard Langley secured the points for Ian Holloway’s side with a penalty after John Halls was dismissed.
Matt Richards’ penalty earned a deserved point for Ipswich at home to Wolves.
The visitors edged ahead in the 51st minute courtesy of a deflected strike from Colin Cameron. But Town rallied and netted their equaliser on the hour mark after Hungarian defender Gabor Gyepes was harshly penalised for a foul on Nicky Forster.
On-loan Middlesbrough defender Andrew Davies scored either side of half-time as Derby secured a 2-0 victory over Norwich at Pride Park Stadium.
Goals from Billy Paynter and Craig Fagan earned Hull three valuable points against 10-man Cardiff at the KC Stadium.
Coventry came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Plymouth.
Argyle went ahead through David Norris’ strike but the Sky Blues hit back through Andy Morrell, Don Hutchison and Gary McSheffrey to record a vital win.
Preston continued their march up the table with a victory at Crewe which included Callum Davidson’s third goal in successive matches. Davidson opened the scoring at Gresty Road and Adam Nowland added a second.
Marlon King’s 10th goal of the season helped to extend Watford’s unbeaten league run to nine games against Brighton at Vicarage Road as they drew 1-1 with Brighton.
But the on-loan striker should have won the game for high-flying Hornets after missing a second-half penalty, meaning Guy Butters’ fortuitous equaliser salvaged a point for the Seagulls.