Championship round-up: McAuley on target as Ipswich tough it out
Sunday 07 November 2010
Such is the congested nature of the Championship that Ipswich Town's 2-1 win at Sheffield United lifted them from 11th to fifth while Middlesbrough won for the first time under their new manager, Tony Mowbray, but remain a place off the bottom, one of four struggling sides on 14 points.
Ipswich took an early lead at Bramall Lane through Tamas Priskin's close-range strike but the Blades drew level on the half-hour, Stephen Quinn on target. Ipswich were back in front before half-time, Gareth McAuley scoring the winner when he brought down Grant Leadbitter's cross and fired in. "A really tough game," Ipswich manager Roy Keane admitted. "We managed to hold on and grind out a result without being spectacular."
Coventry City stay fourth despite losing 3-2 at home to Leeds United, Robert Snodgrass setting up Jon Howson's opener and scoring Leeds' second with a curling 20-yard shot.
Martin Paterson scored twice as sixth-placed Norwich City trailed 2-0 at home to Burnley, but Chris Martin and, in time added on, Andy Crofts scored to grab a point for the Canaries. Crofts still found time to get sent off.
The bottom four met with Boro easing their plight with a 2-1 defeat of bottom club Crystal Palace, substitute Tarmo Kink and a Pat McCarthy own goal denying the south London side. Iain Hume gave Preston North End the lead at Bristol City but Billy Jones' own goal saw the Robins earn a 1-1 draw.
It was 1-1 at Vicarage Road, too, as Jordon Mutch's early strike for Watford was cancelled out by Lewis McGugan's fine shot to level for Nottingham Forest, his eighth goal in 10 games.
Angelo Miguel Vitor and Andy King were the marksmen as Leicester City won 2-0 at Barnsley. "A young and huge talent," Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said of King. "He is the complete midfielder. He can run all day and score goals."
Doncaster Rovers came from behind to beat Millwall 2-1 at home and Michael O'Connor's 89th-minute strike earned a late 1-0 win for Scunthorpe United in the Humber derby at Hull.
In Scotland, a rampant Celtic went to the top of the Premier after Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper scored hat-tricks in a 9-0 humiliation of Aberdeen.
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