Championship round-up: Another Rovers' late show while Poyet edges out Zola


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Championship leaders Blackburn Rovers left it late again last night but maintained their one-point advantage at the top of the table as Steve Kean's side beat Barnsley 2-1 at Ewood Park through Nuno Gomes' 85th-minute winner.

Rovers needed two injury-time goals to see off Bristol City on Saturday and their win incensed the Barnsley manager, Keith Hill, who claimed his side were better and called it "a modern-day footballing tragedy."

Blackpool are in second after beating Middlesbrough 4-1 at Bloomfield Road, Nathan Delfouneso, on loan from Aston Villa, scoring twice for Ian Holloway's side.

In the battle of the former Chelsea team-mates, Gus Poyet edged out Gianfranco Zola as high-flying Brighton won 1-0 at Watford, Craig Mackail-Smith getting the winner from the penalty spot just after half-time. Poyet said: "We really battled to get a result. Credit to the players." Despite their third defeat in a row, Zola saw some positives for Watford. "We are fighting against the odds," he said, "but we are going to make a good team out of this team, I promise."

Meanwhile, in Scotland Rangers' stuttering start to the season hit a new low as they were knocked out of the Ramsdens Cup by Queen of the South on penalties at Ibrox. Gavin Reilly's last-minute goal made it 2-2 and took the tie to extra-time after both sides were reduced to 10 men and the Dumfries side prevailed 4-3 on penalties to seal a famous victory.