Baggies top as Rams thump the Toon

WEST BROM leapfrogged Newcastle to go top of the Coca-Cola Championship after they claimed a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe last night while Newcastle suffered a 3-0 defeat at Derby.

The Baggies went ahead in the 13th minute through Roman Bednar and Gianni Zuiverloon sealed victory with four minutes remaining.

Derby went ahead at Pride Park five minutes before half-time courtesy of a Rob Hulse header before goals from Kris Commons and Shaun Barker put an end to the Magpies’ 15-game unbeaten league run.

Elsewhere, Roy Keane’s Ipswich had a 2-1 win at QPR. David Norris’ shot took a deflection for his first goal of the season to put the Tractor Boys ahead which Sunderland loanee Daryl Murphy doubled the lead with a first-time shot. Jay Simpson halved the deficit but the visitors held on.

Nottingham Forest went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Coventry – their second loss in three games.

A last-minute penalty by Shane Long saw Reading move out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Plymouth.

Long put the Royals ahead when he converted Brian Howard’s cross with a right-footed shot but the Pilgrims equalised through Carl Fletcher with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Long then earned all three points for the Royals with a penalty after Chris Clark was adjudged to have fouled Hal Robson-Kanu.


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