Championship Round-Up

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Cardiff City 0 Derby County 0

The Rams had the better chances in the first half, but the Bluebirds' leading scorer, Cameron Jerome, had a goal disallowed for offside and Jason Koumas hit the bar as Cardiff dominated the second. Goalkeepers Neil Alexander and Derby's Lee Camp were in unbeatable form. "It is two points dropped," the Cardiff captain, Darren Purse, said. "We are struggling to break down teams at home, which is very frustrating." Cardiff slip out of the play-off places.

Leicester City 1 Crewe Alex 1

Down to 10 men after Alan Sheehan was sent off for a second booking in the 57th minute, Leicester came from behind to earn a deserved point against struggling Crewe. "We had about 29 shots today and got only one goal," Craig Levein, the Leicester manager, said. Iain Hume scored it. "He's getting better," Levein added. "He had two or three terrific efforts, a sure sign that his confidence is growing." Crewe led from the 40th minute thanks to a Michael Higdon header.

Plymouth 2 Crystal Palace 0

Argyle scored in the first and last minutes. After just 24 seconds, Micky Evans flicked on a long ball and Nick Chadwick scored. Much later, David Norris intercepted Ben Watson's pass and found Tony Capaldi, who calmly netted. In between there was a lot of dogged Argyle defending. "Palace have probably got the best choice of all front players in the division," Argyle manager Tony Pulis said, "and for us to keep a clean sheet was a massive bonus."

Sheffield Wed 0 Ipswich Town 1

Dropped into the bottom three by Brighton's Friday night win, the Owls were cemented there for Christmas by Nicky Forster's late goal as Ipswich won for the first time in six matches. Praising his side's defending, Joe Royle said: "We tried to play passing football, but it was hard... the pitch at Hillsborough isn't the greatest these days." "It's going to be muck and mire right to the end," Owls' manager Paul Sturrock said. He meant the relegation fight, not the turf.

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