Leicester and Burnley triumph

  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 17:53 GMT

AA review of Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Championship, including victories for leading duo Leicester and Burnley.

  • Leicester celebrate during their win over Blackpool
  • Scott Arfield helped Burnley overcome Leeds at Turf Moor 

Sky Bet Championship leaders Leicester rattled three goals past an opponent for the fourth consecutive game as they came from behind to beat Blackpool 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 80
2 Burnley 73
3 Derby 63
4 QPR 63
5 Wigan 58
6 N Forest 57
7 Reading 56
8 Brighton 56
9 Ipswich 51
10 Blackburn 49
11 Watford 48
12 Bournemth 46
13 Middlesbro' 45
14 Leeds 44
15 Huddersfld 44
16 Sheff Wed 42
17 Bolton 40
18 Blackpool 38
19 Birmingham 37
20 Doncaster 37
21 Millwall 32
22 Charlton 29
23 Yeovil 29
24 Barnsley 29

Nigel Pearson's previously impervious Foxes, who are now 17 points clear in the automatic promotion places - and still seven ahead of second-placed Burnley - wobbled in defence four minutes before half-time and David Goodwillie duly fired the Tangerines ahead.

But Leicester have put Ipswich, Charlton and Barnsley to the sword in recent weeks and channelled those performances to hit back with Riyad Mahrez (60), Wes Morgan (82) and substitute Kevin Phillips (87) running riot.

It was a similar story for nearest chasers Burnley, who fell behind at home to Leeds only to recover and win 2-1.

Ross McCormack gave the Whites the lead on 27 minutes but Jason Pearce undid his team-mate's good work with an own goal seven minutes before the break.

The turnaround was complete on 67 minutes as Scott Arfield hit home to help the Clarets open a 10-point gap on third-placed Derby.

Steve McClaren's Rams drew a blank in their goalless draw at Reading, a result that opened the door to ambitious FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan.

The Latics showed no signs of fatigue following their surprise cup victory over Manchester City and claimed a sixth-straight league win through James McClean's brace and a goal from Leon Barnett in a 3-1 triumph at Ipswich.

Tommy Smith had opened the scoring for the East Anglian side, but the defeat leaves them in ninth place.

On-loan West Ham forward Ravel Morrison scored twice as QPR beat Yeovil 3-0 at Loftus Road. Bobby Zamora added a late third from the bench to keep the west Londoners well-placed in fourth.

Nottingham Forest, however, are at risk of dropping out of the play-off places after Doncaster ground out a goalless draw at the City Ground to deny their hosts a first win in six attempts.

Jordan Rhodes returned to haunt his former club Huddersfield by hitting a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory for Blackburn.

The Scotland striker is a revered figure at the John Smith's Stadium but his treble - and a goal from Craig Conway - left the Terriers chasing their tails. Adam Hammill and Nahki Wells got on the scoresheet for the hosts.

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

Brighton and Watford are upwardly mobile after securing wins over Bolton and Barnsley respectively.

Will Buckley bagged a brace as the eighth-placed Seagulls ran out 2-0 victors at the Amex Stadium while Watford trio Cristian Battocchio, Troy Deeney and Alexander Merkel scored to heap more misery on relegation-threatened Barnsley, who lost 3-0.

Sheffield Wednesday are quickly forgetting about their early-season woes and took another step forward by hammering Birmingham 4-1 at Hillsborough.

Caolan Lavery notched twice with Leon Best also scoring for the Owls before an own goal from Will Packwood wounded the Blues further. Lee Novak gave Birmingham some reason to cheer with a goal 10 minutes from time.

Millwall and Charlton had the opportunity to make progress in the battle against the drop but their London derby ended goalless and Middlesbrough failed to score for the sixth game in eight during their stalemate at Bournemouth.


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