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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca-Cola Championship results 05/02/05

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posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 01:20 PM
David Unsworth scored on his Ipswich debut as his new side won 2-0 at Sheffield United to extend their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.

The veteran centre-back, who has now scored on his debut for three clubs, finished with confidence after he was sent through by Shefki Kuqi in the 20th minute. Kuqi turned from provider to scorer just before the hour-mark, firing home from the edge of the area after the Blades failed to deal with a corner.

Joe Royle's side now have a five-point lead at the summit after Stoke's shock 1-0 win at Wigan. Gifton Noel-Williams scored the only goal of the game at the JJB Stadium after fine work from Clive Clarke on the Potters' left flank. It was Stoke's first goal in six games, although they had to hold on for the win as Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts combined well in the second half.

Reading could not take advantage of the Latics' slip as they could only manage a goalless draw against Plymouth at the Madjeski Stadium. The Pilgrims' well-organised defence frustrated their hosts and they survived a late onslaught from Steve Coppell's side who lacked the killer touch in front of goal. The Royals dictated the pace of the game but Bobby Williamson's side coped with everything that came their way and almost caught their hosts on the counter attack on a couple of occasions.

Ten-man Derby recorded their fifth successive away win by beating Brighton 3-2 in a thrilling clash at the Withdean Stadium. Morten Bisgaard opened the scoring in the 13th minute only for Mark McCammon to level from Kerry Mayo's cross. Marcus Tudgay restored the lead, only for McCammon to level again. Derby's Ian Taylor was dismissed after 62 minutes but Tudgay scored the winner 10 minutes later as the Rams continued to build momentum for their play-off push.

Preston's promotion hopes were also boosted after a 3-2 win against Coventry at Deepdale. Claus Jorgensen opened the scoring for the Sky Blues, but Graham Alexander levelled from the spot for the Lilywhites. Goals from Richard Cresswell and Chris Lucketti put the game beyond Micky Adams' side, although Gary McSheffrey's goal made for an interesting finish.

Millwall and QPR did their promotion hopes no favours with a tedious goalless draw at the New Den.

The bottom two teams, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham, also drew a blank at Millmoor in Alan Knill's first game in charge of the league's bottom club.

Gillingham could not take advantage, failing to get a result at Watford. Danny Webber had a huge hand in the opener after an exciting run, although the goal will be credited to Gills defender Barry Ashby. Chris Eagles, who is on loan from Manchester United, added a second late on - and it finished 2-0 to the Hornets.

Gylfi Einarsson's first goal for Leeds gave them a deserved victory against 10-man Burnley at Turf Moor in the lunchtime match. Ian Moore missed a penalty for the home side, which came after Icelandic international Einarsson found the net midway through the second half with a far-post header. The hosts also had Frank Sinclair sent off for a second bookable offence and could not grab a leveller.

Keith Gillespie scored his first Leicester goal to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw against Crewe. The Northern Ireland winger struck in the 58th minute after Andy White had opened the scoring nine minutes before half-time.

On Friday, Wolves and Sunderland drew 1-1 at Molineux. Seol Ki-Hyeon's burgeoning reputation was further boosted as his equaliser - his fourth goal in seven games - proved enough to deny promotion-chasing Black Cats. Not that the South Korean knew much about his 13th-minute leveller which went in off the back of his head, just 60 seconds after Stephen Elliott opened the scoring with a spectacular strike.


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