Blues deny Clarets; Wigan win

  • Last Updated: March 12 2014, 22:33 GMT

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Sky Bet Championship, including Birmingham's dramatic draw with Burnley.

Federico Macheda celebrates his equaliser for Birmingham
Federico Macheda celebrates his equaliser for Birmingham

On-loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda salvaged a valuable home point for battling Birmingham with a last-minute equaliser in a 3-3 thriller with Burnley.

The Clarets had appeared to have settled the game when Welsh international Sam Vokes gave the Clarets the lead for the third time in the game with an 86th minute goal - only for Macheda to notch his second goal of a thrilling encounter.

A cross from Tyler Blackett was back-headed by Lee Novak for Macheda to chest the ball into the net.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 77
2 Burnley 70
3 Derby 62
4 QPR 60
5 N Forest 56
6 Reading 55
7 Wigan 55
8 Brighton 53
9 Ipswich 51
10 Blackburn 46
11 Watford 45
12 Bournemth 45
13 Middlesbro' 44
14 Huddersfld 44
15 Leeds 44
16 Bolton 40
17 Sheff Wed 39
18 Blackpool 38
19 Birmingham 37
20 Doncaster 36
21 Millwall 31
22 Yeovil 29
23 Barnsley 29
24 Charlton 28

Burnley appeared to be heading for victory on several occasions but they reckoned without the tenacious spirit of the Birmingham side.

The Clarets, however, increased their unbeaten run to seven games to consolidate their second in the table place in the Sky Bet Championship.

A Jordi Gomez spot-kick with three minutes remaining extended FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan's winning run to seven matches with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in a tale of two penalties.

Wednesday gave as good as they got for long periods against a lacklustre Latics outfit and they only had themselves to blame for not going into the break a goal to the good after Leon Best had a penalty of his own saved by Ali Al Habsi.

The home side picked up their game after the break, but it looked like it was going to be one of those days when substitute Callum McManaman fired inches wide of the post inside the final quarter.

But Wigan never gave up hope of breaking the deadlock, and were rewarded when Caolan Lavery tripped James Perch inside the box with 87 minutes on the clock.

And Gomez scored his second goal in the space of three days to lift Latics to seventh place, with two games still in hand.

Blackburn's quest to bounce back from their historic defeat to Burnley on Sunday failed to materalise as Lewis Grabban's 15th goal of the season gave Bournemouth a third straight win.

Rovers' hopes of reaching the play-offs this season appear to be diminishing by the game after Grabban's 67th-minute strike consigned them to a third March loss on the spin.

Charlton missed the chance to climb off the foot of the table but still put in an encouraging display under new boss Jose Riga in a goalless draw with Huddersfield.

Riga appeared to be on a hiding to nothing in front of a Valley faithful unhappy that controversial owner Roland Duchatelet had sacked club legend Chris Powell and replaced him with the unknown Belgian.


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