Championship round-up

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Barnsley 1 Luton Town 2

Luton grabbed a dramatic win in time added on when substitute Ahmet Brkovic headed in from six yards after an error by the Tykes keeper Vito Mannone, on loan from Arsenal. Carlos Edwards put the Hatters ahead two minutes into the second half, but a minute later Brian Howard turned in the Tykes' equaliser. Then came Brkovic's late intervention. "If anyone was going to win it late on it was us," Hatters manager Mike Newell said. "We have had plenty of late winners scored against us in the past."

Coventry City 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

Argyle substitutes Cherno Samba and Hasney Aljofree combined to end Coventry's unbeaten home record. The 20-year-old striker Samba had been on the pitch for just eight minutes of his debut when Aljofree's cross arrived from the right and he calmly headed the ball in. Coventry manager Micky Adams was magnanimous in defeat. "Sometimes it is easy to say we were poor," he said, "but that was probably as good an away performance as I have seen. We have to learn from Plymouth, who were resolute and had a real team effort."

Derby County 3 Southend Utd 0

County's first home win of the season came courtesy of two goals by the on-loan Arsenal striker Arturo Lupoli either side of a Michael Johnson header from Matt Oakley's free kick. Lupoli fired in five minutes before the break and then, after Johnson's goal, latched on to a pass from Morten Bisgaard to score from 12 yards. Southend slip into the bottom three. "We've got to keep plugging away," the Shrimpers manager, Steve Tilson, said, "It's a fine line between winning and losing, we can't get too downbeat."

Hull City 1 Crystal Palace 1

Palace manager Peter Taylor had spent the previous three-and-a-half years as Hull's boss lifting them from the bottom tier to the Championship. "I probably haven't enjoyed the day if I'm being honest," he admitted after Michael Turner bundled in a late Tigers equaliser. Leon Cort, who followed Taylor from Hull to south London, scored what had looked like the winner after 57 minutes. "It felt very unusual being here as the opposing manager," Taylor added. "The club means a lot to me. I hope they stay up and I've no doubt they will."

Stoke City 1 Preston North End 1

Preston came from behind to grab a late point when Chris Sedgwick's pass set Patrick Agyemang free to score with an emphatic shot. Earlier the former Preston striker, Ricardo Fuller, had given the Potters a 41st-minute lead. Midfielder Lee Hendrie, on loan from Aston Villa, hit the woodwork for Stoke in the first half. Preston go third; Stoke have drawn six times in 10 matches. "We deserved to win by a country mile," Potters manager Tony Pulis said. "That's the way it's been going for us and we just can't see [games] out."

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