Championship Round-Up

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Crewe Alex 1 Southampton 1

Luke Rodgers' 78th-minute equaliser rescued a point for Crewe, but they stay bottom. Southampton's Polish international striker Grzegorz Rasiak, on loan from Spurs, hit the bar before setting up Peter Madsen's 61st-minute opener. Gareth Taylor, who had earlier missed Crewe's best chance, sent in Rodgers to level. "We could have done with the three points," Crewe boss Dario Gradi admitted, "but every point now is important."

Derby County 3 Burnley 0

"As good as I've seen us in my time in charge, and in my four years at the club," caretaker manager Terry Westley said after the Rams ran riot over the hapless Clarets. Tommy Smith tapped in the first after good work by Michael McIndoe, on his loan debut. A Micah Hyde foul just before the half-hour gave Inigo Idiakez a free-kick which he fired past Brian Jensen. Five minutes later another Idiakez free-kick hit the bar and Darren Moore headed in the rebound.

Hull City 1 Plymouth 0

With the bottom three all picking up a point, this win was trebly precious for the struggling Tigers. Half-time substitute Craig Fagan scored the goal, collecting Jon Parkin's square pass on the left 10 minutes into the second half and finishing with a left-foot shot to end a run of three defeats. "It's tough but we think we'll get enough points to have another go next year," Hull manager Peter Taylor said. "If we survive that will be as good as a promotion."

Ipswich Town 1 Millwall 1

Struggling Millwall, who won last week, kept their revival going with an equaliser five minutes from the end, David Livermore climbing high to head in. Ipswich had led after six minutes when Owen Garvan's shot from the edge of the penalty area beat former Ipswich goalkeeper Andy Marshall. Late on, Tony Craig was sent off, Millwall's 13th red of the season. Lions manager David Tuttle is confident they'll avoid the drop: "I wouldn't have taken the job if I didn't think I could do it."

Luton Town 1 Leicester City 2

Leicester have lost only once since Craig Levein was sacked, caretaker manager Rob Kelly further enhancing his credentials with this latest win. Matt Fryatt opened the scoring with his fourth goal for Leicester. Steve Howard equalised, but substitute Chris O'Grady fired in Leicester's late winner. "We've got 43 points but no one has ever survived on 43 points," Kelly said. "We'll concentrate on facing Millwall next week."

Sheffield Wed 1 QPR 1

Two points above the relegation zone, the Owls went ahead after 13 minutes when Glenn Whelan crossed for Deon Burton to finish. But just before the break, Marc Bircham, back in Rangers' starting line-up, levelled. The Owls dominated the second half but couldn't score. "I called on them to give me everything and they have given me that," Owls manager Paul Sturrock said, "but we are sitting here with one point and I'm exasperated."

Wolves 2 Cardiff City 0

In a match scarred by crowd trouble at half-time, Wolves beat play-off hopefuls Cardiff. They made their early ascendancy pay when the on-loan Arsenal striker, Jérémie Aliadière, squared for Denes Rosa to score at the far post. Early in the second half Darren Purse felled Tomasz Frankowski and Kenny Miller netted the penalty. After what manager Glenn Hoddle called "one of our best performances this season," Wolves go sixth.

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