Hornets beat Colchester in League Championship

Coca-Cola Championship leaders Watford came from two goals down to beat Colchester 3-2 at Layer Road and extend their advantage at the summit to four points.

Coca-Cola Championship leaders Watford came from two goals down to beat Colchester 3-2 at Layer Road and extend their advantage at the summit to four points.

While West Brom lost 4-2 at home to Coventry, Adrian Boothroyd’s side found themselves two adrift early on after Clive Platt and Matthew Connolly scored for Colchester inside the first 28 minutes.

But Marlon King pulled one back and John-Joe O’Toole equalised before the break - and the comeback was complete when Tommy Smith’s delightful chipped cross left Tamas Priskin with a simple header to collect all three points and end their poor recent run.

At The Hawthorns, Leon Best and Michael Mifsud silenced the home crowd as Coventry took a 2-0 lead.

But left-back Paul Robinson flighted a perfect cross for Roman Bednar to head home and drag West Brom back into it, before Chris Brunt fired in an equaliser.

Robinson’s night took a turn for the worse, however, when he was sent off for a second caution and Coventry had a late Mifsud goal before Best and Mifsud netted in the last seven minutes for the Sky Blues.

Third-placed Wolves lost ground on the top two with a 1-0 defeat at Barnsley.

After a goalless first half Istvan Ferenczi put the Tykes ahead, only for Wolves to win a penalty soon after. However, Andy Keogh’s kick was saved well by Heinz Muller and Mick McCarthy’s side were unable to force their way back.

Matt Holland and Andy Reid helped Charlton eke out a 2-0 win at Cardiff to move third while Bristol City maintained their early-season promotion push with a 2-0 win at home to a poor Ipswich side at Ashton Gate.

City went ahead through Marvin Elliott’s fifth-minute thunderbolt and Bradley Orr’s penalty – after a handball by Alex Bruce – made Ipswich’s task all the more difficult.

Bottom two Norwich and Preston enjoyed wins against Plymouth and Hull respectively.

The Canaries edged in front in the opening two minutes when youngster Ched Evans found the net and Plymouth never really looked like mustering a comeback, with Darren Huckerby’s late penalty finishing Argyle off. Krisztian Timar’s late header made it a nervous ending at Carrow Road, however.

At Deepdale, Patrick Agyemang, Simon Whaley and Lewis Neal gave the home side a 3-0 win over mid-table Hull.

Sheffield United’s poor home form continued as they slumped to a miserable 3-0 defeat by Stoke – with all the goals coming inside the first 18 minutes.

Richard Cresswell’s third goal in as many games gave the Potters an unexpected early lead two minutes in after good work by Liam Lawrence.

Matters worsened considerably minutes later when an own goal by top scorer James Beattie made it 2-0 and Ryan Shawcross gleefully added a third to compound a miserable night for the Blades.

Burnley and Leicester shared the points in Lancashire with a 1-1 draw.

David Unsworth steadily converted Robbie Blake’s ball to put Owen Coyle’s side ahead but Leicester finally showed something with a decent move which was converted by Iain Hume to snatch a point from Turf Moor late in the day.

Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday failed to produce a goal between them in a 0-0 draw at St Mary’s.

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CourtsSoccerHeathrowPlace: Layer RoadPlace: Ashton GatePlace: Carrow RoadPlace: LancashirePlace: Turf MoorPerson: Adrian BoothroydPerson: Clive PlattPerson: Matthew ConnollyPerson: Marlon KingPerson: John-Joe O’ToolePerson: Tommy SmithPerson: Tamas PriskinPerson: Leon BestPerson: Michael MifsudPerson: Paul RobinsonPerson: Roman BednarPerson: Chris BruntPerson: RobinsonPerson: MifsudPerson: BestPerson: Istvan FerencziPerson: Andy KeoghPerson: Heinz MullerPerson: Mick McCarthyPerson: Matt HollandPerson: Andy ReidPerson: Marvin ElliottPerson: Bradley OrrPerson: Alex BrucePerson: Ched EvansPerson: Darren HuckerbyPerson: Krisztian TimarPerson: Patrick AgyemangPerson: Simon WhaleyPerson: Lewis NealPerson: Richard CresswellPerson: Liam LawrencePerson: James BeattiePerson: Ryan ShawcrossPerson: David UnsworthPerson: Robbie BlakePerson: Owen CoylePerson: Iain HumeEvent: League Championship Coca-Cola ChampionshipEvent: Coca-Cola ChampionshipOrganisation: HornetsOrganisation: ColchesterOrganisation: WatfordOrganisation: West BromOrganisation: CoventryOrganisation: Sky BluesOrganisation: WolvesOrganisation: BarnsleyOrganisation: TykesOrganisation: CharltonOrganisation: CardiffOrganisation: Bristol CityOrganisation: IpswichOrganisation: CityOrganisation: NorwichOrganisation: PrestonOrganisation: PlymouthOrganisation: HullOrganisation: ArgyleOrganisation: Sheffield UnitedOrganisation: StokeOrganisation: BladesOrganisation: BurnleyOrganisation: LeicesterOrganisation: SouthamptonOrganisation: Sheffield Wednesday
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