Championship round-up: Commons makes well-timed case for Derby rise

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Derby County's spectacular revival under Nigel Clough continued as they beat Ipswich 2-0 at Portman Road last night, their seventh win in nine games, Kris Commons getting both of their goals in the second-half.

Commons drilled a free-kick into the bottom corner to break the deadlock after 58 minutes, and 18 minutes later he coolly converted from close in to seal the points. Derby's victory cements their position in fourth place in the table and will help Commons, who now got nine goals this season, in his contract talks with the club later this week. The talented midfielder's deal at Pride Park runs out in June.

Norwich are a place behind Derby but will be unhappy about not taking all three points from Millwall, an equaliser in added time from teenage striker John Marquis giving the home side a 1-1 draw after David Fox had put Norwich ahead.

Middlesbrough recorded their second successive win under Tony Mowbray, strikers Kris Boyd and Scott McDonald, whose lack of goals helped usher Mowbray's predecessor Gordon Strachan to the exit at the Riverside, sealing a 2-0 victory at Scunthorpe.

The simmering row between the Nottingham Forest manager, Billy Davies, and members of the club hierarchy has worsened in recent days with reports that Forest are unhappy with the amount of time Davies spends at his Glasgow home. The mood can only have been worsened at the City Ground when a Luke Chambers own goal put visitors Coventry ahead in the 35th minute. However, six minutes later Radoslaw Majewski equalised and Chris Cohen grabbed a winner just past the hour mark with a curling free-kick .

Hull are now without a win in eight League games despite taking the lead through John Bostock's 20-yard free-kick at Elland Road. The game finished 2-2, Leeds' Bradley Johnson scoring at both ends, and Bostock was sent off for picking up a second yellow card.