Easter Championship Round Up

April 13, 2009 | Filed Under: UK Box Update 

Birmingham City and Sheffield United were both frustrated at home as Cardiff City closed on the automatic promotion positions.

Southampton and Norwich City picked up vital wins in their battle to avoid relegation as Preston North End and Swansea City boosted their chances of gatecrashing the top six.

Andy Keogh scored twice, including heading home the 87th minute winner, as Wolves came from behind to beat Derby County 3-2 at Pride Park.

Goalkeeper Maik Taylor was sent off in the first half as Birmingham held on to second place after forcing a 1-1 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Sheffield United were frustrated at home in a 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest, who had Kelvin Wilson sent off after just 16 minutes.

Scottish ace Ross McCormack netted twice in the final five minutes as Cardiff overcame play-off hopefuls Burnley 3-1 at Ninian Park.

Charlton are clinging to their Championship status after battling for a 0-0 draw at Coventry City, who have won just once in eight matches.

Norwich City clambered out of the relegation zone on goal difference as an own goal from Danny Rose and late effort from Gary Doherty saw off Watford 2-0 at Carrow Road.

Southampton boosted their prospects of escaping the drop as David McGoldrick scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half at home to Crystal Palace.

Barnsley are only outside the bottom three on goal difference after losing 3-1 at home to Swansea City, who still harbour hopes of a play-off spot.

Reading allowed a two-goal lead slip at Bloomfield Road as DJ Campbell capped Blackpool’s comeback to secure a 2-2 draw.

Preston boosted their chances of climbing into the top six after goals from Chris Brown and Neil Mellor clinched a 2-0 success at Doncaster Rovers.

Gavin Mahon scored at both ends before Damion Stewart pounced for an 88th minute winner as managerless Queens Park Rangers came from two goals down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Loftus Road.

On-loan forward Giovani Dos Santos converted a last-minute penalty as Ipswich Town drew 1-1 at fellow out-of-form side Bristol City.

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