Leicester retain eight-point lead

  • Last Updated: March 1 2014, 18:42 GMT

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

Ross McCormack: Opened the scoring for Leeds
Ross McCormack: Opened the scoring for Leeds

Leicester maintained their eight-point lead atop the Sky Bet Championship after a comfortable 3-0 victory over lowly Charlton.

Team Score Team
Leicester 3 - 0 Charlton
Ipswich 1 - 0 Birmingham
Burnley 2 - 0 Derby
Reading 1 - 1 Yeovil
Huddersfld 5 - 0 Barnsley
N Forest 1 - 4 Wigan
Millwall 0 - 1 Brighton
Bolton 4 - 0 Blackburn
Watford 4 - 0 Blackpool
Bournemth 5 - 0 Doncaster
Sheff Wed 1 - 0 Middlesbro
QPR 1 - 1 Leeds

The Foxes showed why they are considered frontrunners for promotion with a clinical display at the King Power Stadium, with the explosive Jamie Vardy putting them on the front foot in the ninth minute with a cool finish.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 74
2 Burnley 66
3 Derby 61
4 QPR 57
5 N Forest 55
6 Wigan 52
7 Reading 51
8 Brighton 49
9 Ipswich 48
10 Blackburn 46
11 Watford 45
12 Leeds 44
13 Huddersfld 43
14 Middlesbro' 40
15 Sheff Wed 39
16 Bournemth 39
17 Birmingham 36
18 Bolton 36
19 Blackpool 35
20 Doncaster 30
21 Millwall 28
22 Charlton 27
23 Yeovil 26
24 Barnsley 26

Danny Drinkwater doubled the lead at the start of the second half after smashing home on the rebound, while David Nugent put the seal on the win - and ensured the Addicks remain in the bottom three - when his low strike from just outside the area sailed past Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

Burnley moved five points clear of third-placed Derby after beating the 10-man Rams 2-0 at Turf Moor.

The Clarets opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark through David Jones and their hopes were further boosted when their automatic promotion rivals had Chris Martin sent off shortly before half-time, with Dean Marney then sealing victory for the hosts in the 68th minute.

QPR avoided a fourth straight defeat as Jermaine Jenas' strike gave the London side a 1-1 draw at home to Leeds.

Brian McDermott's men came out all guns blazing, with Ross McCormack missing a penalty in the 10th minute before atoning shortly afterwards to put the visitors ahead, although they would be denied three points when Jenas struck shortly before half-time.

Nottingham Forest missed the chance to move above Harry Redknapp's men and into fourth after being humbled 4-1 at home to Wigan, who have moved into the final play-off spot.

The game was finely poised when Jamie Paterson levelled for Forest early in the second half following Martyn Waghorn's 36th-minute opener, but Latics stormed to victory with three goals in the final third of the match through Emmerson Boyce, James McArthur and Jordi Gomez.

Barnsley slumped to the foot of the table after a thumping 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

Keith Southern and Daniel Ward put Huddersfield two ahead just after the half hour and second-half goals from Adam Hammill and Sean Scannell either side of Adam Clayton's penalty sealed an emphatic win for the Terriers.

The result left Barnsley bottom of the standings following Yeovil's 1-1 draw at Reading in a match which saw the visitors have three men sent off.

The Glovers took the led through Shane Duffy but were hanging on when Byron Webster was the first player to be sent off before John Lundstram's own goal levelled things up.

Joe Ralls and Kieffer Moore were also dismissed as Yeovil finished the match with eight men.

Mohamed Medo, Joe Mason, Jay Spearing and Andre Moritz all scored as Bolton hammered Lancashire rivals Blackburn 4-0, while Mathias Ranegie and Troy Deeney each bagged a brace as Watford dispatched Blackpool by the same scoreline.

David Lopez's penalty helped Brighton move to within three points of the play-offs after a 1-0 win at Millwall, while Atdhe Nuhiu's 87th-minute penalty gave Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, who had Dean Whitehead sent off for handling Leon Best's goalbound shot.

Yann Kermorgant's hat-trick and Harry Arter's double helped Bournemouth thump Doncaster 5-0, while Daryl Murphy's first-half strike gave Ipswich a 1-0 victory over Birmingham.

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