Forest stuff four past Leeds; Posh pound Wolves; Boro beat Rovers; Cardiff sink Palace; Ipswich, Owls & Brum get away wins
Nottingham Forest 4 – Leeds 2 (Championship, December 26, 2012) In-form Leeds took an early lead at the City Ground when Forest failed to clear a cross into the box and Paul Green was able to stab the ball home. Forest levelled before the break through a Billy Sharp penalty. Forest pulled ahead early in the second half as Billy Sharp notched his second before Leeds’ Rodolph Austin stuck the ball in his own net to put the hosts 3-1 up. The Whites recent good run looked to be over when Dexter Blackstock headed in a fourth in the 61st. Davide Somma netted a late consolation for Leeds.
Wolves 0 – Peterborough 3 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Darren Ferguson’s side withstood early pressure from the hosts before Lee Tomlin struck to take the lead. Tommy Rowe doubled the advantage two minutes before half-time, while Dwight Gayle wrapped things up with the third after 69 minutes.
Middlesbrough 1 – Blackburn 0 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Lukas Jutkiewicz scored for the second successive game as Middlesbrough defeated an out-of-form Blackburn to move up to third in the Championship.
Cardiff 2 – Crystal Palace 1 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Australian international Mile Jedinak put the visitors in front after four minutes, before Craig Noone equalised for the hosts just before half-time. Substitute Aron Gunnarsson headed home the winner with 17 minutes remaining.
Hull 0 – Leicester 0 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Hull City slipped to five points behind Championship leaders Cardiff City after being held to a goalless draw by fellow promotion hopefuls Leicester City.
Huddersfield 1 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Blackpool snatched a point at Huddersfield as substitute Nathan Delfouneso netted a stoppage-time equaliser at the John Smith’s Stadium. The home side looked on course to record a first win in eight games when Anthony Gerrard headed home in the 66th minute – his first goal for the club.
Charlton 1 – Ipswich 2 (Championship, December 26, 2012) The visitors wasted a chance to open the scoring when Campbell fired wide from the penalty spot after Emmanuel Frimpong brought down Lee Martin. But he atoned for that by converting Murphy’s pull-back after Charlton failed to clear Andy Drury’s cross. Murphy doubled the lead with a close-range finish and, despite Danny Haynes scoring from the spot, Ipswich held on.
Burnley 2 – Derby 0 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Goals from Charlie Austin and Michael Duff gave Burnley victory over Derby in the Championship at Turf Moor.
Bolton 0 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, December 26, 2012) A solitary goal from Mamady Sidibe was enough for Sheffield Wednesday to beat Bolton Wanderers and keep the Owls out of the Championship’s relegation zone.
Barnsley 1 – Birmingham 2 (Championship, December 26, 2012) Curtis Davies scored both Birmingham goals as they eased away from the Championship relegation zone with victory at fellow strugglers Barnsley.