Leicester promotion confirmed

  • Last Updated: April 5 2014, 19:19 BST

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

Leicester promotion confirmed

Leicester have won promotion to the Barclays Premier League after QPR and Derby lost on Saturday afternoon.

Nigel Pearson's side moved to the brink of securing their return to the top flight on Friday night with a 2-1 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.

That made it 21 Sky Bet Championship games unbeaten as they moved to 89 points - two more than Cardiff won the division with last season - and meant they would be up if QPR lost at Bournemouth and Derby failed to beat Middlesbrough.

QPR lost 2-1 on manager Harry Redknapp's return to his former club, while the Rams suffered a 1-0 loss on Steve McClaren's return to the Riverside, meaning celebrations could begin in earnest for the Foxes.

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

Scott Arfield rescued a 1-1 draw for second-place Burnley at Watford with an 87th-minute equaliser after Troy Deeney had snatched an early lead for the home side.

Martyn Waghorn celebrated signing a permanent deal with promotion-chasing Wigan by heaping further misery on crisis club Leeds.

Striker Waghorn was on loan at the DW Stadium until Friday night when he departed Leicester to become a permanent fixture in Uwe Rosler's squad.

The 24-year-old may yet end up playing in the top flight with the Latics, who cemented their play-off spot with a 1-0 win courtesy of Waghorn's 33rd-minute strike.

Reading also consolidated their place in the play-offs when Daniel Williams produced a 74th-minute winner at Charlton.

In contrast, Nottingham Forest continued their slide out of contention after losing 2-1 to relegation-threatened Millwall at the County Ground.

Scott Malone and Lee Martin gave Millwall a comfortable two-goal cushion, before Jamie Paterson struck for a Forest side that is now five points adrift of the play-offs.

Championship basement side Yeovil gave themselves hope of surviving after prevailing 2-1 at Blackpool.

A James Hayter penalty opened the scoring before a strike from Tom Lawrence doubled the lead, at least until Elliot Grandin salvaged a consolation effort.

The result means Yeovil are now only three points adrift of safety with six games remaining.

Play-off-chasing Ipswich were beaten 2-0 at Blackburn thanks to goals from Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede.

Barnsley and Brighton fought out a goalless draw, leaving the former marooned in the bottom three, while a 90th-minute strike from Joe Mason gave Bolton a 1-0 win at Huddersfield.

Birmingham thumped Doncaster 3-1 with Federico Macheda on target twice and Lee Novak completing the scoring.


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