Eagles top; Leeds triumph

  • Last Updated: December 1 2012, 19:30 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the npower Championship, including victories for Crystal Palace and Leeds.

Garvan and Parr lead the Crystal Palace celebrations
Garvan and Parr lead the Crystal Palace celebrations

Glenn Murray scored twice against his former club as Crystal Palace capitalised on the early sending-off of Brighton's Lewis Dunk to return to the top of the npower Championship table with a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park.

Dunk was dismissed after only seven minutes for a foul on Palace's Wilfried Zaha and although Owen Garvan hit the bar from the resulting free-kick, the Eagles quickly assumed control.

Murray headed home a Yannick Bolasie corner on 37 minutes and added his second from the penalty spot after 54 minutes. Garvan added the third for Palace - also from the spot - after Murray was fouled by Gordon Greer.

  • Championship
Team Score Team
Leicester 4 - 1 Derby
C Palace 3 - 0 Brighton
Bristol C 1 - 4 Wolves
Bolton 1 - 2 Ipswich
Peterboro 1 - 4 Blackpool
N Forest 1 - 2 Hull City
Watford 4 - 1 Barnsley
Millwall 0 - 0 Charlton
Huddersfld 2 - 4 Leeds

In the late game, Leicester claimed a comfortable 4-1 victory over local rivals Derby at the King Power Stadium to climb up to third.

England Under-21 international Martyn Waghorn set up Zak Whitbread for Leicester's opener, added a second with a cool side-footed finish and could have scored three more in an embarrassingly one-sided opening half-hour.

The visitors belatedly sprung into life and pulled a goal back through Theo Robinson's 38th-minute half-volley.

Leicester were not to be denied, though, and wrapped up an eighth home win of the campaign - and fifth successive league win over County - through two late goals from substitute David Nugent.

Back to the afternoon action and under-fire Wolves boss Stale Solbakken earned some much-needed respite as his side ended a run of nine games without defeat by hammering struggling Bristol City 4-1 at Ashton Gate.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake set Wolves on their way on 20 minutes, then two for Kevin Doyle and a fourth for Bjorn Sigurdarson made it safe before half-time. Neil Danns hit a late consolation for City.

  • Championship
Position Player Score
1 C Palace 40
2 Cardiff 38
3 Leicester 36
4 Middlesbro' 35
5 Hull City 35
6 Watford 33
7 Millwall 33
8 Brighton 31
9 N Forest 29
10 Leeds 29
11 Blackpool 28
12 Blackburn 28

Leeds continued their sudden improvement since the the conclusion of their takeover process as they won a feisty Yorkshire derby 4-2 at Huddersfield.

Chris Atkinson put the home side 1-0 up after 12 minutes before Michael Tonge and Luciano Becchio turned the game in Leeds' favour.

An Adam Clayton penalty brought Huddersfield level before half-time, but a second-half strike from David Norris and a late Becchio header handed the points to Neil Warnock's men.

Troy Deeney scored twice as fast-improving Watford hammered free-falling Barnsley 4-1 at Vicarage Road.

Deeney's early header put the Hornets ahead at the break and second-half strikes from Mark Yeates, Deeney and Matej Vydra wrapped things up before a late consolation from Marcus Tudgay.

Blackpool eased to a 4-1 win at rock-bottom Peterborough with two goals from Thomas Ince and further strikes from Wes Thomas and Nouha Dicko, while Dwight Gayle replied for Posh.

In-form Millwall were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with Charlton in a tough south-east London derby at the New Den.

Fellow play-off hopefuls Hull won 2-1 at Nottingham Forest. Robert Koren's penalty opener was cancelled out by Billy Sharp, also from the spot, before Paul McShane headed a 69th-minute winner for the Tigers.

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich came from behind to claim a potentially crucial 2-1 win at Bolton. Mark Davies put the hosts in front after six minutes, but a DJ Campbell penalty levelled matters on 70 minutes before Michael Chopra hit the winner two minutes from time.

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