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Sky Bet Championship Review: January 18



It was the 26th match day in the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship, here is a recap of what happened.

Leeds United 0-1 Leicester City

Nugent celebrates winner at Elland Road

Nugent celebrates winner at Elland Road

Leicester moved five points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, after grinding out victory at Elland Road.
David Nugent’s 15th goal of the season and 13 in as many league games was enough to seal a sixth straight win for Nigel Pearson’s men.
The Foxes sit nicely at the summit with 57 points, while Brian McDermott’s men are down to 12th on 35.

Nottingham Forest 4-1 Blackburn Rovers
Forest stretched their unbeaten run to nine games after a comfortable win at the City Ground.
Two Henri Lansbury penalties sent Billy Davies’ side on their way, before former Leicester player Ben Marshall pulled one back for Rovers.
Jamie Paterson restored the two-goal lead with his fifth goal in three games, before Andy Reid rounded off the win with a thumping strike.
They are fifth in the table on 44 points, while Gary Bowyer’s men remain eighth with 37.

Derby County 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Patrick Bamford’s strike ended a run of three straight defeats for the Rams at the iPro Stadium.
Steve McClaren’s side stay fourth with 47 points, while Oscar Garcia’s Seagulls slip out of the play-off positions and into seventh on 39.

Reading 7-1 Bolton Wanderers
Reading were the emphatic winners in the Sky Bet Championship, as their recent form of just three goals in their last five matches was quickly forgotten at the Madjeski Stadium.
Adam Le Fondre bagged a first-half hat-trick for the Royals, while Pavel Pogrebnyak, Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Apkan and Nick Blackman completed the scoring for Nigel Adkins’ men, who moved up to sixth on 41 points.
David N’Gog grabbed a mere consolation for Dougie Freedman’s side, who stay 18th with 28.

Burnley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Wednesday stretched their unbeaten run to seven games, and knocked Burnley out of the automatic-promotion places with a well-earned point at Turf Moor.
Chris Maguire bagged his fourth goal in five games to cancel out Sam Vokes’ 13th of the season.
Stuart Gray’s side stay 19th on 26 points, but can move five points clear of the relegation zone should they win their game in hand. Sean Dyche’s Clarets drop to third with 51 points.

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Huddersfield Town
Charlie Austin’s double took his tally to 14 for the season, and moved Harry Redknapp’s side back into the automatic-promotion places on 52 points at Loftus Road.
Nakhi Wells scored for the second game running since joining Mark Robins’ men, but this only proved to be a consolation in the end for the Terriers who dropped to 13th with 34 points.

Millwall 1-0 Ipswich Town
Ian Holloway made a winning start in his first match at The Den, as Ryan Fredericks scored the only goal of the game.
The Lions moved up to 20th with 25 points, while Mick McCarthy’s side dropped to 10th on 36.

Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Wigan Athletic
Chris Brown scored twice for Doncaster, who only remain in the bottom three now on goal difference.
James Coppinger completed the scoring for Paul Dickov’s side, who dropped to 22nd after Millwall’s win with 24 points, while Uwe Rosler’s men drop to 11th on 36.

Barnsley 2-0 Blackpool
A Chris O’Grady double gave Danny Wilson his first win since returning to Oakwell, as Blackpool were condemned to their ninth defeat in 10 games.
The Tykes stay bottom despite the win with 20 points, while Paul Ince’s men remain in 14th on 32.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Lewis Grabban celebrated signing a new deal, by scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot at Goldsands.
He also missed a second spot-kick which would have given Eddie Howe’s side all three points.
Gabriele Angella gave Watford the lead before a case of mistaken identity saw him get sent off, after the linesman had judged him to have brought down Grabban for the first penalty when it was in fact a combination of Joel Ekstrand and Fitz Hall.
Only goal difference separates the two sides who have 31 points each, with Giuseppe Sannino’s Hornets 15th and the Cherries 16th.

Birmingham City 0-2 Yeovil Town
James Hayter scored both goals to give Yeovil victory at St Andrew’s.
Gary Johnson’s side stay 23rd but are now just four points from safety on 20, while Lee Clark’s men remain 17th with 29.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Charlton Athletic
Emmanuel Ledesma scored a long-range winner to give Aitor Karanka’s side a fifth victory in their last six games.
They are now up to ninth with 36 points, while just goal difference keeps Chris Powell’s men out of the relegation zone on 24.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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