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Sky Bet Championship Review: February 1-2



Here’s a quick round-up of what happened in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Queens Park Rangers 3-3 Burnley

Kevin Doyle heads home on his debut

Kevin Doyle heads home on his debut

The two sides battling for the second automatic-promotion spot in the Sky Bet Championship served up a six-goal thriller at Loftus Road.

It was a day of first goals for QPR as loan signings Kevin Doyle and Modibo Maiga found the net on their debuts, while Richard Dunne also got his maiden strike for Harry Redknapp’s men.

For Burnley, their deadly duo up top came up trumps again with Danny Ings getting his 17th league goal of the season and Sam Vokes notching up a brace.

The Rs remain in second with 56 points – three ahead of Sean Dyche’s men who stay third.

Leeds United 5-1 Huddersfield Town

This was just the result Leeds needed after a strange couple of days which saw Brian McDermott reported sacked, before new owner Massimo Cellino confirming that he had not been.

Assistant Nigel Gibbs took the team and saw Danny Ward give the visitors the lead to fuel further unrest at Elland Road.

However Ross McCormack bagged a hat-trick, while Jimmy Kebe was also on target along with Alex Mowatt for his first senior goal.

Leeds move up to 11th with 39 points – five points clear of Mark Robins’ men in 14th.

Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester City

40-year-old Kevin Phillips was the hero at Goldsands as Leicester notched up their ninth straight league win.

Though it was with the help of the linesman that Nigel Pearson’s side claimed all three points, as it was unclear at first whether the ball had crossed the line.

The league leaders moved 10 points clear at the top with 66, while Eddie Howe’s men slip to 15th on 34.

Birmingham City 3-3 Derby County

Deadline-day signing Federico Macheda rescued Birmingham as they came 3-1 down to salvage a point at St. Andrew’s.

Goals from Patrick Bamford, Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth cancelled out Brian Howard’s first goal for Lee Clark’s side.

Steve McClaren’s side had earlier seen Craig Bryson have a penalty saved, and then his side threw their two-goal advantage away as Chris Burke and Macheda levelled the contest.

Derby stay fourth with 52 points after missing the chance to go third, while the Blues drop to 18th on 30.

Millwall 0-3 Reading

Goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak, Alex Pearce and Danny Williams gave Reading a comfortable win at the Den.

Nigel Adkins’ side cemented their place in the top six with 47 points, and Ian Holloway’s men remain 21st on 26.

Nottingham Forest 3-1 Yeovil Town

Rafik Djebbour scored on his Forest debut in their 3-1 win at the City Ground.

A Byron Webster own goal and Simon Cox provided the hosts’ other goals, while Kieffer Moore was on target for the bottom club.

Billy Davies’ side remain fifth with 50 points – 30 more than Gary Johnson’s men who continue to prop up the rest of the league.

Ipswich Town 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

David McGoldrick’s penalty was enough to give Ipswich all three points at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy’s side stay seventh with 43 points, while Dougie Freedman’s men drop to 20th on 28.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Barnsley

Chris Maguire struck the winner in the seventh minute of stoppage-time to give Wednesday all three points in the Yorkshire derby.

The match finish with just 19 players on the pitch as Arsenal loanee Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off on his debut for the Tykes after picking up two clumsy bookings, while Owls substitute Jermaine Johnson also received his marching orders for a rash foul.  Danny Wilson’s men were later reduced to nine after Jacob Mellis dived recklessly into a challenge.

Stuart Gray’s side are up to 17th with 30 points, while Barnsley remain in 23rd five points from safety on 21.

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool

David Dunn and Grant Hanley got the goals as Blackburn heaped more misery on Blackpool at Ewood Park.

Gary Bowyer’s men remain eighth on 42 points, while interim boss Barry Ferguson sees his side slip to 16th with 33.

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Charlton Athletic

Wigan produced an astonishing finale to come from behind and edge out Charlton at the DW Stadium.

Marvin Sordell gave Chris Powell’s men the lead, before Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez struck later on to give Uwe Rosler another three points.

The Latics are up to 10th with 40 points, while the Addicks remain in 22nd on 24.

Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Ikechi Anya and Fernando Forestieri were on target for Watford in their win at Vicarage Road.

Giuseppe Sannino’s side are up to 13th with 34 points, while Oscar Garcia’s men slip to ninth on 40.

Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Middlesbrough

The goalless draw at the Keepmoat moves Paul Dickov’s men up a place to 19th with 29 points, while Aitor Karanka’s Boro slip to 12th on 38.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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