Cardiff top at Christmas

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 19:50 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the npower Championship, including a win for table-toppers Cardiff over Leicester.

Craig Bellamy celebrate his goal for Cardiff
Craig Bellamy celebrate his goal for Cardiff

Cardiff will be top of the npower Championship table at Christmas after they moved three points clear thanks to a 1-0 win at Leicester.

The Bluebirds bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Peterborough as Wales international Craig Bellamy's well-struck half-volley gave them victory over the Foxes.

  • Championship
Position Player Score
1 Cardiff 47
2 Hull City 44
3 C Palace 43
4 Middlesbro' 41
5 Leicester 37
6 Watford 37
7 Millwall 37
8 Leeds 35
9 Brighton 34
10 Derby 33
11 N Forest 33
12 Blackpool 32

Third-placed Crystal Palace had the chance to cut the gap to two points as they hosted Huddersfield in the late game but in the end had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Wilfried Zaha enhanced his reputation with a stunning goal to give Palace the lead in the first-half.

But a goalkeeping error by Julian Speroni allowed Keith Southern to claim his first goal for Huddersfield as the visitors snatched a point.

It was harsh on Speroni, who kept Palace in the game in the first half after they were reduced to 10 men when Damien Delaney was sent off after only 10 minutes.

The Argentinian, a survivor from the last time Palace were in the Premier league seven years ago, pulled off a string of fine saves including a penalty from Adam Clayton. But his second-half blunder gifted Huddersfield a draw.

Huddersfield also ended the match with 10 men after Anthony Gerrard saw red late on.

The result left them a point behind Hull, who climbed into the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 win at Derby on Friday night.

Bottom side Peterborough continued their recent resurgence as they came out on top in a remarkable 5-4 thriller against Bolton.

Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle struck to put the Posh 2-0 up, but Keith Andrews pulled one back from the spot.

George Thorne made it 3-1, only for Andrews to again convert from the penalty spot.

Further goals from Mark Little and Gabriel Zakuani looked to have given Peterborough the spoils, but they were forced to hang on for a 5-4 win after Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov had given Bolton hope of salvaging a point.

Sheffield Wednesday climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-0 win over Charlton.

Rhys McCabe and Jeremy Helan grabbed the goals for the Owls, while Charlton manager Chris Powell was sent off at half-time after protesting the decision not to award the Addicks a penalty for a challenge on Yann Kermorgant.

  • Championship
Team Score Team
C Palace 1 - 1 Huddersfld
Leicester 0 - 1 Cardiff
Ipswich 1 - 1 Bristol C
Leeds 2 - 1 Middlesbro
Birmingham 2 - 2 Burnley
Watford 2 - 0 N Forest
Millwall 1 - 2 Barnsley
Peterboro 5 - 4 Bolton
Sheff Wed 2 - 0 Charlton

Watford climbed into the play-off places with a 2-0 victory against 10-man Nottingham Forest. Matej Vydra scored both goals for the Hornets, either side of Daniel Ayala's sending-off for a second bookable offence.

Luciano Becchio netted a brace to help Leeds come from a goal down to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Elland Road.

Lukas Jutkiewicz put the visitors ahead on the half-hour mark but Becchio secured the points for Neil Warnock's side.

Barnsley picked up a valuable three points with a 2-1 triumph at 10-man Millwall.

Stephen Dawson put the Tykes ahead before Adam Smith was sent off.

Chris Wood levelled with 10 minutes to go but Marcus Tudgay snatched victory for Barnsley with his late effort.

Tommy Smith's goal gave Ipswich a 1-1 draw against Bristol City, after Neil Danns had put the visitors ahead at Portman Road.

Nikola Zigic struck late to salvage a 2-2 draw for Birmingham against Burnley.

Curtis Davies had put the Blues ahead before David Ings and Ross Wallace struck inside three second-half minutes for the visitors.

The game between Blackburn and Brighton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Ewood Park.

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