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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca-Cola Championship results 02/04/05

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posted on Apr, 2 2005 @ 11:03 AM
Sunderland moved five points clear at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship after a thrilling second-half comeback to win 3-1 against QPR.

The Black Cats were a goal down at the break after Danny #tu's header opened the scoring for the Hoops after 22 minutes. But Andrew Welsh levelled in the first minute of the second period after he was found in plenty of space. Chris Brown added a second after 63 minutes and winger Julio Arca completed the win with 15 minutes left.

Wigan remain second but lost ground on the leaders after a 2-1 defeat to West Ham at the JJB Stadium. The Latics took the lead after 52 minutes when Jason Roberts took advantage of mistake by the Hammers' centre-back and finished past James Walker. But veteran striker Teddy Sheringham levelled matters and strike partner Marlon Harewood grabbed the winner in the 67th minute.

Ipswich boosted their hopes of automatic promotion by moving level on points with Wigan after a 3-2 victory against Derby at Portman Road. Marcus Tudgay opened the scoring for the Rams after seven minutes when he headed in from Morten Bisgaard's cross. Darren Bent set up Jim Magilton for the equaliser then the young striker scored himself just after break with a well-taken one-on-one finish. Tommy Miller extended the lead, but Inigo Idiakez struck late on to set up a thrilling finish - but the hosts held on to win.

Stoke's Gifton Noel-Williams scored a dramatic late own goal at the Britannia Stadium to delay Rotherham's inevitable relegation to League One. The league's bottom side took the lead in the first half through Martin Butler. Noel-Williams equalised for Tony Pulis' side, who then had Michael Duberry sent off for two bookable offences, but then put through his own net to give Alan Knill's side the points with the 2-1 win.

Adrian Boothroyd's first match in charge of Watford ended in defeat as his side were beaten 3-1 by Burnley at Turf Moor. Goals from Dean Bowditch and James O'Connor gave Steve Cotterill's side an unassailable lead. Dominic Blizzard pulled one back for the Hornets but Jean-Louis Valois sealed the win.

Steve Staunton grabbed a vital late winner to give Coventry a 2-1 win against Brighton and haul the Sky Blues out of the bottom three. Gary McSheffrey had given Micky Adams' side the lead from the penalty spot, only for Adam Virgo to level after 62 minutes. With the game looking likely to end in a draw, veteran Staunton struck to give his side a hope of beating the drop.

Coventry's win means Cardiff are now in the drop zone after a 1-1 draw against Plymouth at Home Park. Richard Langley had given the visitors the lead with a super strike from outside the penalty area. But the hosts struck back through defender Hasney Aljofree on the hour mark.

Promotion-hopefuls Preston were denied full points after a last-minute leveller from Gillingham. The Lilywhites were ahead in the 28th minute through Jason Brown's own goal but could not hold on at Deepdale. Needing points for their survival bid, the Gills scored with seconds remaining through Paul Smith to make it 1-1.

Reading and Sheffield United cancelled each other out at the Madejski Stadium, with a point not helping either side's play-off challenge.

Millwall's play-off chances were dented after a 3-1 defeat against Leicester at the Walkers Stadium. Richard Stearman had opened the scoring for the Foxes after 15 minutes, smashing into the roof of the net after Stephen Hughes' corner was flicked on. Danny Dichio levelled for the visitors but David Connolly's penalty and Mark de Vries' late strike gave Craig Levein's side the points.

In the battle to avoid relegation Nottingham Forest and Crewe drew 1-1, with Dario Gradi's substitution proving vital at Gresty Road. Forest were ahead through Scott Dobie's first-half strike, and Gradi gambled by throwing on Andy White. Within two minutes the substitute set up Neil Sorvel for the leveller, and it remained 1-1.

The spoils were shared at Elland Road as Leeds and Wolves drew 1-1. Carl Cort opened the scoring for Glenn Hoddle's side, heading home after 40 minutes from Lee Naylor's corner. Shaun Derry earned his side a point with a strike five minutes into the second half.

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