Leicester win thriller; Derby second

  • Last Updated: December 29 2013, 17:45 GMT

A review of Sunday's action in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored in Leicester's 5-3 win over Bolton.
  • Matt Derbyshire netted the winner as Nottingham Forest beat Leeds 2-1. 

Leicester extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table to four points with a thrilling 5-3 win over Bolton at the King Power Stadium.

The teams could not be separated following a six-goal first half, but Lloyd Dyer and Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the decisive moments in the final 15 minutes.

Those goals saved the blushes of Foxes striker David Nugent who only a minute before Dyer's strike had seen a penalty saved by Andy Lonergan.

A high-octane start saw Bolton quickly recover from conceding a fifth-minute Danny Drinkwater opener to lead through goals from Andre Moritz (15) and Jermain Beckford (20).

There was more entertainment to come just before half-time with three goals in four minutes to send the teams into the break at 3-3.

Team Score Team
Leicester 5 - 3 Bolton
Charlton 1 - 1 Sheff Wed
Blackpool 0 - 1 Brighton
Bournemth 1 - 1 Ipswich
Doncaster 0 - 0 Millwall
Wigan 0 - 0 Burnley
N Forest 2 - 1 Leeds
Watford 0 - 0 QPR
Huddersfld 5 - 1 Yeovil
Middlesbro 3 - 0 Reading
Blackburn 2 - 3 Birmingham
Barnsley 1 - 2 Derby

Moritz scored his second in between a close-range Anthony Knockaert finish and a Tim Ream own goal.

Derby climbed up to second as they immediately got back to winning ways 2-1 at Barnsley.

The Rams had won seven on the spin before a 1-1 Boxing Day draw with Huddersfield, but a Chris Martin double ensured they could afford to concede a Tomasz Cywka thunderbolt after the break.

Burnley dropped out of the automatic promotion places with a dull goalless draw at Wigan, with fourth-placed QPR also having to be content with a stalemate against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Nottingham Forest pushed Leeds out of the top six with a 2-1 win at the City Ground.

Matt Derbyshire netted an 84th-minute winner just moments after Ross McCormack cancelled out Greg Halford's back-post header.

Ipswich profited on Leeds' slip to move ahead of them as Mick McCarthy's side ended December unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

Town had led when Daryl Murphy tapped in at the back post on 59 minutes, but Brett Pittman was in the right place to turn in when Dean Gerken spilled a shot.

Huddersfield ended a four-game winless run in emphatic style as they beat Yeovil 5-1.

The Glovers had led through a scrappy Ishmail Miller goal but Adam Clayton, Martin Paterson and Joel Lynch all netted for the Terriers before half-time.

Danny Ward's double after the break sealed victory for a Huddersfield side that had scored just twice in their recent winless run.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 48
2 Derby 44
3 Burnley 44
4 QPR 43
5 N Forest 39
6 Ipswich 35
7 Leeds 35
8 Brighton 35
9 Reading 34
10 Blackpool 32
11 Huddersfld 31
12 Blackburn 31
13 Watford 30
14 Wigan 30
15 Middlesbro' 29
16 Bournemth 29
17 Birmingham 28
18 Bolton 26
19 Charlton 23
20 Millwall 22
21 Doncaster 21
22 Sheff Wed 19
23 Yeovil 17
24 Barnsley 16

Lee Novak netted twice as Birmingham survived a Blackburn rally to win 3-2 at Ewood Park.

Novak had his brace after 18 minutes and Chris Burke added another on 36 minutes.

Jordan Rhodes netted his fourth double of the season but was unable to complete the Rovers comeback on his own.

Grant Leadbitter scored twice as Middlesbrough thumped Reading 3-0.

Albert Adomah struck first on 12 minutes with Leadbitter twice getting his name on the scoresheet either side of Kaspars Gorkss seeing red.

A Matthew Gilks error allowed Inigo Calderon's run and finish to give Brighton a 1-0 win at Blackpool while Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Charlton.

The Owls were caught out by a long throw for Dale Stephens' 47th-minute opener but Connor Wickham replied with the equaliser.

Millwall began life after Steve Lomas, sacked on Boxing Day, with a goalless draw at fellow strugglers Doncaster.

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