Championship Round-Up

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Cardiff City 1 Sheffield Wed 0

The Bluebirds' prized 19-year-old striker Cameron Jerome got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble to claim his 16th Championship goal of the season as Cardiff kept their play-off hopes alive. But the Owls were the better side after the break, forcing Neil Alexander into a series of saves. Defeat leaves them two points above the bottom three. "The players are gutted," Owls boss Paul Sturrock said, "but we have to build on this. Anyone watching would never have thought we were a bottom four side."

Leicester City 3 Hull City 2

Joey Gudjonsson struck two wonderful goals and set up another as former Leicester manager Peter Taylor, now at Hull, had a less than happy return to the Walkers Stadium. Hull fell behind after 30 minutes when Gudjonsson sent in Iain Hume, and after Stuart Elliott had equalised Gudjonsson's shot from inside his own half caught out Boaz Myhill in the Tigers goal. "He's a great goalkeeper but he was trying to read things too early today and he's been punished," Taylor said. Stuart Green levelled again before Gudjonsson hammered in the winner.

Millwall 2 Luton Town 1

Substitute Marvin Williams won the match for relegation strugglers Millwall with an injury time goal, running on to Ben May's flick-on to slot the ball past Marlon Beresford. May's third goal in as many games had put the Lions ahead, but Luton equalised two minutes into the second half through Chris Coyne. Then came Williams' late intervention. "We are only two points behind Sheffield Wednesday," the Lions' manager, David Tuttle, said. "They lost today and we have to go after them."

Norwich City 2 Stoke City 1

The Canaries' substitute, Jonatan Johansson, scored an 89th-minute winner as Norwich won on a day which began with protests outside Carrow Road calling for manager Nigel Worthington's resignation. Leon McKenzie opened the scoring with a firm drive, but Stoke were level before the hour when Paul Gallagher fired in a free-kick, his 10th goal of the season. Then Johansson made Worthington's day and the manager jumped on to the pitch with his fist clenched. "That was pure passion," he said, "I wasn't affected by what was going on."

Plymouth 1 Brighton 0

Beaten at bottom-of-the-table Crewe last Saturday, Brighton's confidence took another battering as Lilian Nalis's first goal for Argyle sealed a comfortable win. Brighton started well enough, but after Argyle took the lead in the 37th minute the strugglers never threatened. "We have got nine games left and we have still got Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday to play," Brighton boss Mark McGhee said. "We have got a great spirit, great determination, young players who don't want to be in League One - so we have a chance."

Southampton 1 Coventry City 1

On the previous occasion Dennis Wise left St Mary's Stadium he was miffed at having been denied the manager's seat given to George Burley. Don Hutchison's late penalty, after Dele Adebola was brought down by Claus Lundekvam, earned Coventry a point and ensured Wise left the South Coast in a rather better frame of mind. The Saints went ahead nine minutes from time, Grzegorz Rasiak heading in. "We sat too deep and that cost us," George Burley, the Saints' manager, reasoned. "But as long as we keep progressing that's all I can ask."

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