Championship round up Birmingham sealed promotion

May 3, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 

Birmingham sealed promotion back to the Premier League as this tense win in Berkshire secured them second place.

Blues took the lead when Keith Fahey’s curling shot was allowed to squirm in by home keeper Marcus Hahnemann (19).

Fahey then turned provider for Kevin Phillips to double the lead (60), but Reading sub Marek Matejovsky pulled one back (61), and Blues held on thanks to two crucial saves by Maik Taylor.

Burnley 4 Bristol City 0

Burnley booked their play-off place in emphatic style as they routed Bristol City at a sold-out Turf Moor.

Nerves were eased when Liam Fontaine fouled Wade Elliott and Graham Alexander fired home the penalty (42), before Elliott rifled home a fine second goal soon after (44).

Alexander netted a second spot-kick after Bradley Orr handled (76) and Joey Gudjonsson tapped in a fourth (86).

Charlton 4 Norwich 2

Deon Burton fired a hat-trick as Norwich were sent crashing into League One at The Valley.

Nick Bailey nodded the Addicks ahead (9) and Burton made it two by rifling into the corner (25) before slotting calmly past Dave Marshall (30).

Alan Lee’s strike (45) gave Norwich a glimmer of hope but Burton tapped in to seal their fate (51) before Sammy Clingan’s free-kick consolation (61).

C Palace 0 Sheff Utd 0

Palace keeper Julian Speroni enjoyed an inspired afternoon to deny Sheffield United victory and ensure they would have to settle for a play-off spot.

The Argentinian tipped over a Greg Halford header and parried Jamie Ward’s shot, while Chris Morgan’s late header struck a home post.

Palace had chances of their own, with Neil Danns volleying wide and then being thwarted by keeper Paddy Kenny.

Ipswich 2 Coventry 1

Roy Keane’s fairytale start to life as Ipswich manager continued thanks to an assured 2-1 win over Coventry.

Sky Blues winger Robbie Simpson could have opened the scoring after seven minutes before a quickfire double from Giovani dos Santos (24) and Pablo Counago (26) put the hosts in charge.

Coventry rallied in the second half and pulled one back when Clinton Morrison finished from close range (79).

N Forest 3 Southampton 1

Forest came from behind in the second half to defeat Southampton in the visitors’ final Championship outing.

The south coast club led through Bradley Wright-Phillips (16), who collected Adam Lallana’s measured pass before finishing well.

They held out until the 73rd minute when Joe Garner lobbed Kelvin Davis to equalise before Luke Chambers (85) and Robert Earnshaw (90) sealed the points.

Plymouth 1 Barnsley 2

Battling Barnsley came from behind to win and secure their Championship status at Home Park.

Argyle took the lead in the 12th minute when Gary Sawyer powered home a header and the Tykes had to withstand further presure before Adam Hammill hauled them level, rifling home from 25 yards (33).

The decisive goal came after 47 minutes when Jamal Campbell-Ryce latched on to Jon Macken’s pass to finish.

Preston 2 QPR 1

Preston scraped into the play-offs on goals scored courtesy of strikes from Jon Parkin and Sean St Ledger.

Parkin put the hosts in front by racing on to a wayward backpass and rounding Radek Cerny (37) but QPR levelled when Patrick Agyemang drove home against his former club (57).

The Lilywhites surged forward and got their reward when St Ledger nodded in from close range (74).

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Sheff Wed 1 Cardiff 0

Cardiff missed out on the play-offs by the narrowest of margins as Jermaine Johnson’s strike proved pivotal.

The Owls dominated before the break with Marcus Tudgay and Darren Purse both going close, and got their reward after the break when Johnson hit a screamer into the top corner (71).

Cardiff rallied and wasted a golden chance late on when Roger Johnson fired wide with the goal at his mercy.

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Swansea 0 Blackpool 1

Striker DJ Campbell boosted his hopes of making his loan stint from Leicester a permanent deal by netting the only goal of the game at Swansea.

The 27-year-old latched on to a Brett Ormerod pass to calmly dispatch his ninth goal of the season and his third in the last four games (13).

The Swans improved after the break with top scorer Jason Scotland denied by the feet of goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.

Watford 3 Derby 1

Watford ended their season with a resounding victory over Derby.

The Hornets edged ahead when Jobi McAnuff prodded in from close range (14) and Grzegorz Rasiak made it two by pouncing after Tamas Priskin’s header had rebounded off the crossbar (28).

Rasiak bagged his brace by racing on to Tommy Smith’s pass and slotting into the corner (41) before John Eustace headed a late Rams consolation (82).

Wolves 1 Doncaster 0

Wolves celebrated being presented with the Championship trophy as Richard Stearman earned them a late win.

Doncaster had threatened to spoil the party with James Hayter missing from close range and having his header from a Martin Woods free-kick palmed away by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Kevin Foley hit a Rovers post, but Stearman was on hand to head in Karl Henry’s stoppage-time corner (90).

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