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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca-Cola Championship results 11/12/04

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posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 03:56 PM
Wigan retained their place at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship with a 2-0 win over Gillingham as every top-four side finished the day with maximum points.

The Latics' deadly strike duo of Jason Roberts and Nathan Ellington combined 17 minutes into the game, with Roberts bombing down the right wing and crossing for his partner, who finished comfortably. Lee McCulloch ensured the points were staying at the JJB Stadium with a goal of his own two minutes from time to hand new Gills manager Stan Ternent defeat in his first match.

Ipswich and QPR went head to head in the game of the day at Loftus Road but it was the away side who emerged victorious as the game ended 4-2. Jason de Vos scored the first goal after 25 minutes to put second-placed Ipswich ahead, but evergreen QPR striker Paul Furlong equalised two minutes later. The former Watford, Coventry and Birmingham found the net again three minutes further in, his 149th career goal putting Ian Holloway's team in front. Ipswich had to wait until the second half to register another goal, and it was hotshot forward Darren Bent who managed it. The England Under-21 striker got on the end of Shefki Kuqi's knockdown to blast the ball home. At 2-2 the scoring was not over, however. New Ipswich striker Darren Currie, signed from Brighton last week, claimed the winner on his debut before Kuqi made sure of the victory late in the game.

Sheffield United moved into a play-off spot with a 2-2 draw at rock-bottom Rotherham, but they really should have taken all three points from the South Yorkshire derby at Millmoor. The Blades looked home and hosed when Michael Tonge (45) and Paul Shaw (47) struck either side of the break to give them a 2-0 lead. But Chris Swailes pulled one back for the Millers on 54 and Martin McIntosh completed the comeback with the equaliser on 71.

Glenn Hoddle's first game in charge of Wolves ended in a draw at Watford. It looked grim for the Black Country side when Heidar Helguson scored just four minutes in after good work by Neal Ardley and Neil Cox. But Seyi George Olofinjana drew Wolves level as half-time approached to avoid a debut defeat for the former England manager.

Captain Robbie Blake inspired Burnley to a 2-0 win over Preston in the Lancashire derby. The Clarets' talisman scored a breathtaking free-kick from nearly 35 yards in the first half to edge Burnley in front, and doubled his and his side's tally in the second half with a goal on the break.

Third-placed Sunderland kept up the pace with a 2-0 win at Cardiff, but the travelling Black Cats fans were made to wait. Dean Whitehead finally found a way through after 67 minutes before the mercurial Liam Lawrence hit an excellent long-range shot to double the advantage 10 minutes later.

Derby romped to a 3-0 victory at home to east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in the day's early kick-off at Pride Park. Tommy Smith found an early breakthrough to put the Rams ahead just four minutes in. Grzegorz Rasiak managed to ease the pressure on the home side by making it 2-0 after 75 minutes and the Pole struck again a minute from time to compound Forest's misery.

Crewe put Plymouth to the sword with a 3-0 win at Gresty Road. Captain Kenny Lunt's expertly-taken free-kick three minutes before the break broke the deadlock and when Dean Ashton scored his 18th goal of the season to make it 2-0, the result never looked in doubt. It was 3-0 10 minutes from full-time when Mathias Doumbe sent the ball into his own net.

Reading kept in touch with the leaders with a crucial 2-0 win away to Leicester. Midfielder Steve Sidwell took advantage of Glen Little's well-worked set-piece to put the Royals ahead with 22 minutes left, and Ivar Ingimarsson made sure by heading home a corner after 82 minutes.

Scott Dobie and Paul Ifill provided the goals as Millwall beat Brighton 2-0 on Mark McGhee's return to the Lions.

In the day's other midlands derby, Ade Akinbiyi's 21st-minute strike handed Stoke victory over Coventry.



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