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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca-Cola Championship weekend results 13/03/06

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posted on Mar, 12 2006 @ 05:19 PM
Sheffield United suffered another blow in their bid for automatic promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship, slumping to a 2-0 defeat to Coventry. Gary McSheffrey opened the scoring after five minutes at the Ricoh Arena, pouncing on a defensive error to lob Paddy Kenny. Dele Adebola sealed the points with a strike after 32 minutes and the Blades have now won just once in their last seven games.

Third-placed Leeds are now just five points behind Neil Warnock's team, but Norwich were minutes away from leaving Elland Road with maximum points. Rob Hulse had given the hosts a first-half lead before Andy Hughes and Paul McVeigh nudged the visitors ahead. Eddie Lewis' free-kick ensured the spoils were shared.

Watford are also in the hunt for the second automatic promotion place after earning a goalless draw against leaders Reading, who are almost guaranteed to clinch the top spot. Adrian Boothroyd's men produced a resolute defensive display to end Reading's run of 10 straight home wins in the league.

Wolves moved into the play-off zone after a 2-0 win against Cardiff in a clash marred by crowd disturbances. Denes Rosa opened the scoring after 15 minutes, with Celtic-bound Kenny Miller sealing the points with a second-half penalty.

Glenn Hoddle's side moved into the top six at the expense of Preston, who could only manage a goalless draw at Brighton.

Ipswich lost ground on their play-off rivals after recording a 1-1 draw against 10-man Millwall at Portman Road. Youngster Owen Garvan opened the scoring early on before David Livermore equalised with six minutes remaining for the visitors, who had Tony Craig dismissed late on.

It was a valuable point for Millwall in their bid for survival, with rivals Sheffield Wednesday drawing 1-1 with QPR at Hillsborough after Marc Bircham had levelled following Deon Burton's opener.

Crewe salvaged a point against Southampton at Gresty Road, with Luke Rodgers cancelling out Peter Madsen's strike. Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Hull earned victory against Plymouth with Craig Fagan scoring the only goal of the game.

Goals from Tommy Smith, Inigo Idiakez and Darren Moore gave Derby a 3-0 victory over Burnley.

Chris O'Grady scored a late winner for Leicester at Luton after Steve Howard equalised following Matt Fryatt's opener.



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