West Brom miss chance to go top of Championship

West Brom missed the opportunity to move to the summit of the Coca-Cola Championship table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

West Brom missed the opportunity to move to the summit of the Coca-Cola Championship table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Clinton Morrison’s 21st-minute equaliser against the run of play levelled matters after Mark Hudson’s own goal had given the Baggies a fortunate lead inside the first 10 minutes.

A win would have taken Tony Mowbray’s side a point clear of Watford, who were playing in the late kick-off against Bristol City, but they lacked potency in attack without the injured strike duo of Kevin Phillips and Ishmael Miller, who have scored 17 goals between them this season.

New manager Owen Coyle watched his Burnley side claim their second away win of the week as two goals from Andy Gray steered them to an impressive 3-1 victory at stuttering Charlton.

Coyle, who masterminded a midweek victory at Championship leaders Watford, watched on as Gray and Chris McCann earned his ever-improving side the points in the first meeting between the teams since 1995.

Charlton thought Andy Reid’s goal 10 minutes before the break would haul them back into contention. But Gray’s penalty 20 minutes from time ensured Coyle maintained his unbeaten start in the hotseat.

Wolves moved up to third thanks to Karl Henry’s solitary goal against struggling Preston.

Plymouth beat Scunthorpe 3-0 at Home Park as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Krisztian Timar and Nadjim Abdou fired home second-half goals to give Paul Sturrock a comfortable first win in his second spell in charge of Argyle.

Andrew Surman scored a contentious winner from the penalty spot as Southampton beat Leicester 2-1 at the Walkers Stadium and condemned Ian Holloway to his first defeat as Foxes boss.

The England Under-21 star sealed the points 11 minutes into the second half after Stephen Clemence was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

The Foxes had fallen behind after a Stern John strike. John volleyed in acrobatically to give Saints only their second goal in six games, but Andy King unleashed a long-range piledriver in first-half stoppage time which flew into the top corner to bring the Foxes level at the break.

Norwich remain rooted to the bottom of the table following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke.

The Canaries took an early lead through Darren Huckerby, but goals from Leon Cort and Richard Cresswell were enough to seal maximum points for the Potters.

Sheffield United added to Coventry’s woes as Chris Armstrong netted the only goal of the game at the Ricoh Arena in the second half.

Roger Johnson’s goal with virtually the last kick of the game salvaged a point for Cardiff in a 2-2 draw at Hull.

Steve McPhee had put the Tigers ahead before Steven Thompson equalised, but Richard Garcia’s strike appeared to have won the game until Johnson’s last-gasp intervention.

Teddy Sheringham inspired Colchester to end their seven-match winless run with a surprise 2-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

The former England striker, 41, struck in under a minute to put the visitors ahead against in-form Wednesday. George Elokobi made it two, while Akpo Sodje tapped home to give Brian Laws’ side false hope.

Ben Burgess headed a dramatic 91st-minute winner as Blackpool left it late to claim all three points in a 1-0 win against fellow strugglers QPR, while Ipswich and Barnsley played out a goalless draw at Portman Road.

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