Championship round-up

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Crystal Palace 2 Ipswich Town 0

The two mid-table sides started level on points, but when a third consecutive clean sheet eluded Ipswich, Palace moved up to 12th. The south Londoners went ahead in the 33rd minute, Danny Butterfield crossing and Leon Cort heading in powerfully. Paul Ifill made it 2-0 in the 51st minute with a right-foot shot from 12 yards. Ipswich were given hope when Palace's Tom Soares was sent off after a foul on Dan Harding, but couldn't capitalise.

Hull City 0 West Bromwich 1

Diomansy Kamara scored the only goal of the match 14 minutes into the second half as Albion stretched their winning run to six games to move up to third. "There are going to be some days when you're going to have to fight your corner," Albion mananger Tony Mowbray said. "I think the players are showing a great desire to wear the jersey and get us results at the moment. The result was built on the back four and goalkeeper, we have tightened up a little bit."

Leicester City 1 Luton Town 1

A relegation scrap at the Walkers Stadium saw honours even. Winger Mark Yeates, on loan from Spurs, put the home side ahead in the sixth minute, but just after the half-hour Luton substitute Dean Morgan headed in David Bell's free-kick. Both managers think they have enough games left to be safe. "We're not playing great, or anywhere near as well as we can play," Hatters boss Mike Newell said, "because we're short of players."

QPR 3 Burnley 1

Rangers moved out of the bottom three after this win, "the best team performance since I came to QPR," according to their manager, John Gregory. "Our goalkeeper Simon Royce had nothing to do." They went ahead in the 13th minute when Lee Cook rounded off Rangers' quick breakaway with a neat shot. Chris McCann equalised, but in the second half QPR scored twice from corners, Dexter Blackstock scrambling in the first, Steve Lomas heading the second.

Stoke City 1 Southend Utd 1

Following their fine win at Birmingham in midweek, Southend earned another valuable point thanks to Freddy Eastwood's late goal. His manager, Steve Tilson, is grateful he wasn't sold last month. "He's going to be a big player for us if we're going to stay up." Ricardo Fuller gave the Potters a first-half lead from Mamady Sidibe's flick-on, but four minutes from time Eastwood's 14th goal of the season saved a point for the Shrimpers.

Sunderland 2 Coventry City 0

The Wearsiders continued their diligent pursuit of a top-six place with a goal in each half. The breakthrough came after 19 minutes thanks to a Dwight Yorke header. "Different class," Roy Keane, the Sunderland manager, said of his striker, "and he has been for the last few games. His experience is vital for us and he's had the added bonus of notching a few goals." Carlos Edwards scored the second with six minutes left.

Wolves 2 Plymouth 2

Argyle took the lead after 27 minutes through Scott Sinclair, and six minutes later Stephen Ward equalised. Parity lasted three minutes, Krisztian Timar restoring Argyle's lead. Just after the hour Seyi George Olofinjana made it 2-2. "We played some good stuff, some frustrating stuff, conceded two poor goals, scored two good ones and could have won or could have lost," Wolves' baffled manager, Mick McCarthy, said.

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