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Sky Bet Championship Review: January 1



Here’s a quick recap of the first round of Sky Bet Championship matches of 2014.

Millwall 1-3 Leicester City

Leicester maintained their four-point lead at the top after a comfortable win at The Den.

Knockaert celebrates Leicester's opening goal

Knockaert celebrates Leicester’s opening goal

Goals from Anthony Knockaert and David Nugent at the start of each half took Nigel Pearson’s men 2-0 up.

Richard Chaplow pulled a goal back for the managerless hosts, before substitute Jeffrey Schlupp wrapped the game up for the visitors in stoppage-time.

The Foxes’ victory puts them on 51 points, while the Lions are down to 21st and remain just a point clear of the drop zone with 22.

Burnley 3-2 Huddersfield Town

Burnley moved up to second with 47 points after edging out Mark Robins’ men at Turf Moor.

Danny Ings scored twice to take his season tally to 18, and full-back Kieran Trippier was also on target for Sean Dyche’s side.

Former Claret Martin Paterson’s brace proved to be a consolation for the Terriers, who drop to 13th on 31 points.

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Donaster Rovers

Charlie Austin scored two minutes into stoppage-time to give QPR a valuable three points at Loftus Road.

With the scores level after Matt Phillips cancelled out Theo Robinson’s first-half effort for Donny, he nodded in Danny Simpson’s cross to give Harry Redknapp’s side their first league win in four.

The R’s are up to third just a point behind Burnley on 46, while Paul Dickov’s men slip into the bottom three with 21.

Derby County 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Derby dropped to fourth in the table after a Jean Beausejour goal inflicted their first defeat in ten games, and stretched Wigan’s unbeaten run to five at the iPro Stadium.

Steve McClaren’s Rams remain on 44 points, while victory takes Uwe Rosler’s Latics up to 11th with 33.

Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Stephen Kelly’s stoppage-time header rescued a point for Nigel Adkins’ side, after Greg Halford had given Billy Davies’ Forest a first-half lead at the Madjeski Stadium.

The Royals slipped to ninth on 35 points, while the visitors stay fifth with 40.

Leeds United 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Jordan Rhodes’ 16th goal of the season and Rudy Gestede moved Blackburn to within a point of their opponents at Elland Road.

Matt Smith scored a consolation for Brian McDermott’s side who drop to eighth and remain on 35 points, while Gary Bowyer’s Rovers are up to tenth with 34.

Ipswich Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic

Johnnie Jackson struck in stoppage-time to rescue a point for Charlton, after a Richard Wood own-goal had given Ipswich a first-half lead at Portman Road.

Both sides stay as they were with Mick McCarthy’s men still in sixth with 36 points, while Chris Powell’s Addicks remain 19th on 24.

Birmingham City 1-1 Barnsley

Birmingham stretched their unbeaten run to ten games, as they were held by bottom club Barnsley at St Andrew’s.

Lee Clark’s side went ahead through Nikola Zigic, before a Jacob Mellis free-kick earned Danny Wilson’s Tykes a point.

The Blues stay 17th on 29 while Barnsley remain at the foot with 17.

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Middlesbrough

David N’Gog completed a spirited Bolton comeback in stoppage-time to earn them a point at the Reebok Stadium.

Two Zat Knight errors allowed Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main to open up a two-goal lead, before Alex Baptiste halved the deficit and N’Gog’s late leveller.

Dougie Freedman’s Trotters stay 18th with 27 points, while Aitor Karanka’s Boro remain in 15th on 30.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Blackpool

Goals from Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire moved the managerless Owls out of the relegation zone.

They are up to 20th with 22 points after that win at Hillsborough, while Paul Ince’s Tangerines are down to 12th on 32.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Bournemouth

Oscar Garcia’s Seagulls moved up to seventh and level on points with sixth-placed Ipswich (36), after Stephen Ward rescued a point at the Amex Stadium.

Lewis Grabban scored an earlier penalty for Eddie Howe’s Cherries who stay 16th with 30 points.

Yeovil Town P-P Watford

The game at Huish Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Gary Johnson’s Glovers are 23rd with 17 points, while Giuseppe Sannino’s Hornets are 14th on 30.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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