Southampton close on title following Rickie Lambert brace


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Southampton moved three points clear of title rivals Reading after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Championship's leading scorer Rickie Lambert scored both goals to take his tally to 26 this season.

Reading could draw level on points at the top tonight if they win at Brighton. Near the bottom, Bristol City beat fellow relegation strugglers Coventry 3-1. Jon Stead's second-half equaliser for City made amends for his early own goal, while substitutes Yannick Bolasie and Chris Wood bagged late goals, keeping them in 21st, four points clear of the Sky Blues.