Championship Round-Up

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Coventry City 1 Millwall 0

Coventry eased further away from the relegation zone with this narrow win over the bottom club. The winner came after 33 minutes, when Gary McSheffrey's ball into the Lions' penalty area fell for Danish midfielder Claus Jorgensen who finished with a cool right-footed shot. "If you counted up how many chances we had it was embarrassing," Micky Adams, the Coventry boss, said. Millwall pressed late on but had Matt Lawrence sent off.

Crewe 1 Norwich City 2

Norwich substitute Paul McVeigh scored twice to plunge Dario Gradi's Crewe, one off the bottom, deeper into trouble. The home side led, but McVeigh levelled after 64 minutes from Darren Huckerby's cross, and with five minutes left Dean Ashton, the former Crewe striker, centred for McVeigh's second to ease Norwich's position. "An important three points," the Canaries' manager, Nigel Worthington, said, "but we've got work hard to get it right again for next Saturday."

Derby County 1 Preston NE 1

At the end of last season these sides met in a play-off semi-final, but on this form only Preston look like repeating the feat. Claude Davis scored after 54 minutes to reward North End's fine passing game, but failure to take several more chances cost Preston. Youl Mawene was harshly judged to have handled and Tommy Smith scored from the penalty spot. "To lose two points to that kind of decision is hard to take," Billy Davies, the Preston manager, said.

Hull City 1 Sheffield Wed 0

Neither of these promoted clubs have found life easy, but Peter Taylor's Hull, looking the likeliest to score and with a Stuart Elliott goal ruled out for offside, won it three minutes from time when second-half substitute Jason Price rifled in the left-wing cross from another substitute, Stuart Green. Hull are unbeaten run in four matches. "We've been very solid in the last couple of performances," Taylor said. "If we had that mentality from the start of the season, we'd have more points."

Ipswich Town 2 QPR 2

Ipswich twice came from behind to salvage a point. The pace of Rangers' Gareth Ainsworth on the right set up their goals, a Stefan Moore header after 26 minutes and a Paul Furlong strike in the 42nd-minute. Between them, Jason De Vos had nodded in Darren Currie's corner for Ipswich's first equaliser. A header by substitute Daniel Haynes made it 2-2. "A cracking game but too end to end for my liking." Ian Holloway, Rangers' manager, spoke for coaches everywhere.

Leeds United 0 Cardiff City 1

Cardiff changed their system for the trip to Leeds, Jason Koumas playing just behind Cameron Jerome, the lone striker, and they outnumbered the Yorkshire side in midfield. "We had been working on it all week and caught Leeds on the hop," the satisfied Bluebirds manager, Dave Jones, said. Leeds' Sean Gregan, in his first game after suspension, fouled Koumas, was booked, and Koumas curled in the free-kick. Leeds slip to fourth, five points above fifth-placed Cardiff.

Watford 1 Plymouth 1

Marlon King's 11th goal of the season, scored deep in injury time, earned Watford a point that took them back up to third. Argyle led from three minutes into the second half when Nick Chadwick forced the ball in from a corner. But, late on, Tony McNamee crossed from the left and King rescued Watford. "We're 10 unbeaten," their manager Adrian Boothroyd said, but the last four have been drawn. "We need to get a level of consistency and get back to winning games."

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