Foxes close to title

  • Last Updated: April 20 2014, 22:41 BST

A review of Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Championship as promoted Leicester beat QPR 1-0 to move closer to the league title.

Leicester players celebrate following Nugent's second-half winner
Leicester players celebrate following Nugent's second-half winner

David Nugent fired his 21st goal of the season as Leicester nudged closer to sealing the Sky Bet Championship title with a 1-0 win over 10-man Queen's Park Rangers at the King Power Stadium.

Nigel Pearson's Foxes restored their seven-point lead over second-placed Burnley and now need just three more points from their last three games to go into the Premier League as champions.

Team Score Team
Barnsley 0 - 1 Leeds
Middlesbro 1 - 2 Millwall
Leicester 1 - 0 QPR
N Forest 1 - 0 Birmingham
Watford 3 - 1 Ipswich

Nugent scored the only goal of the game with a superb finish from a narrow angle in the 67th minute, and 11 minutes later the visitors - still waiting to guarantee their play-off place - had Benoit Assou-Ekotto sent off for a second bookable offence.

Nottingham Forest nudged back into play-off contention as they ended their dismal run of 12 league games without a win with a tight 1-0 triumph over relegation-threatened Birmingham at the City Ground.

Matt Derbyshire struck the only goal of the game in the second minute to move Forest within three points of sixth-placed Brighton - whom they will face on the final day of the season.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 93
2 Burnley 86
3 Derby 78
4 QPR 73
5 Wigan 70
6 Brighton 65
7 Reading 64
8 Ipswich 64
9 N Forest 62
10 Bournemth 62
11 Blackburn 61
12 Watford 60
13 Middlesbro' 58
14 Bolton 55
15 Sheff Wed 53
16 Leeds 53
17 Huddersfld 47
18 Birmingham 43
19 Doncaster 43
20 Millwall 43
21 Charlton 42
22 Blackpool 42
23 Barnsley 39
24 Yeovil 37

But Mick McCarthy's Ipswich blew their chance to move into the top six as their run of two straight victories ended in a 3-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Albert Rieira struck the opener for the home side after 21 minutes and although Anthony Wordsworth equalised five minutes after the break it was Watford who always looked more likely to take the points.

Gabriele Angella headed home a free-kick in the 63rd minute to put the home side back in front and Lewis McGugan sealed the points two minutes later.

Stefan Maierhofer scored twice as Millwall surged out of the relegation zone with a potentially crucial 2-1 win at Middlesbrough.

The Austrian defender, who had never previously found the net for the Lions, gave the visitors a dream start when he turned in Lee Martin's cross on 16 minutes.

And Maierhofer produced a near-carbon copy from another Martin cross on the half-hour to double Millwall's lead, before Emmanuel Ledesma's effort 10 minutes from time led to some anxious late moments.

The win - Millwall's third in a row away from home - lifted Ian Holloway's side above Charlton and Blackpool with three games of the season still to play.

But there was gloom for fellow strugglers Barnsley who remain rooted in the bottom three after a 1-0 home defeat to Yorkshire rivals Leeds.

Ross McCormack's 29th goal of the season in the 16th minute proved enough to earn a second straight win for Brian McDermott's men and leave the sinking Tykes three points off safety.