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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca-Cola Championship results 09/04/05

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posted on Apr, 9 2005 @ 01:05 PM
Wigan moved back into the Coca-Cola Championship automatic promotion places with a 2-0 win away to Cardiff on Saturday.

With second-placed Ipswich playing Wolves on Monday, the Latics' victory was enough to take them above the Tractor Boys on goal difference. After a goalless first half the prolific Jason Roberts put Paul Jewell's men ahead in Wales, heading home Stephen McMillan's cross. And as Cardiff searched in vain for an equaliser Alan Mahon put paid to their hopes with a goal four minutes from time.

In the division's early kick-off, leaders Sunderland were stunned 2-1 at home by play-off hopefuls Reading. Talisman Julio Arca gave them the lead early in the second half but Royals striker Dave Kitson soon equalised, before converting a penalty to snatch victory following a foul on Steve Sidwell at the Stadium of Light.

Preston remain fourth after coming from behind to beat relegated Rotherham 2-1 at Millmoor. Will Hoskins' fortuitous opener was cancelled out by Chris Sedgwick before Youl Mawene's headed winner.

Nottingham Forest's slim survival hopes continued to diminish as they were crushed 3-0 at home by modest Plymouth. On-loan striker Dexter Blackstock found a breakthrough at the City Ground after only three minutes and while Forest struggled to muster a response, David Norris extended the lead after 23 minutes. Blackstock helped himself to another shortly before the hour mark when he nonchalantly tapped home from close range.

A 1-1 draw at 10-man Leicester improved Brighton's morale as they also look to beat the drop. David Connolly put the Foxes in front with a first-half penalty but when Craig Levein's side had Stephen Hughes sent off for a second half bookable offence - both for dissent - it was a matter of time, and Paul Reid equalised with 10 minutes to go.

Derby remain neck-and-neck with Reading in the play-off hunt as they too recorded a 3-1 victory over Stoke. Veteran defender Gerry Taggart headed the Potters in front after seven minutes but the home side immediately responded when Grzegorz Rasiak slid the ball underneath the advancing Steve Simonsen. On the stroke of half-time Morten Bisgaard put the Rams ahead and after the break Inigo Idiakez sealed the win with a goal straight from a corner.

Former Burnley boss Stan Ternent enjoyed a win over his old team as his Gillingham side escaped with a crucial 1-0 win at Priestfield. With Brighton drawing and Forest losing, the victory, inspired by Darius Henderson's winner, was perfectly timed to move the Gills four places up the table to 18th.

In a remarkable match at the New Den Millwall finally beat Crewe 4-3 after losing a 3-0 lead earlier in the match. Barry Hayles, Marvin Elliott and Jody Morris all scored as the Lions cruised but Kenny Lunt, Steve Jones and Luke Varney made it 3-3. Varney's leveller came nine minutes from the end but the visitors' were cruelly denied a point when Ben May was able to convert from the spot after 85 minutes.

An injury-time penalty by Andy Gray ensured Sheffield United won 3-2 against plucky QPR. Martin Rowlands put Rangers ahead with a deflected effort but loanee Danny Webber scored twice to put the Blades ahead. Veteran Kevin Gallen equalised, only for Gray to be handed the chance to be the hero from the spot.

Rob Hulse and Clarke Carlisle scored to help Leeds to a gritty 2-1 win at Watford while a late flurry saw West Ham beat Coventry 3-0, a Richard Shaw own goal being followed by Teddy Sheringham and Bobby Zamora's goals.


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