Wolves Keep The Title Challenge On, Charlton Slip Closer to Relegation
Table topping Wolves keep up thier assult on the Coca-Cola Championship with a draw at Bristol City. Wolves went up 2-0 thanks to goals by Collins and Jarvis but after the break Bristol City pulled even with Adebola and former Crewe trainie Nicky Maynard getting the equalizer on 87 minutes. Reading failed to capitolize on Wolves dropping points losing 2-0 to Swansea City thanks to goals by Scotland and Orlandi, Liam Rosenier was shown a red card for Reading on the 81st minute compounding things for the Royals. Reading now sit 5 points behind Wolves and only 2 points ahead of Birmingham who sit in the first playoff spot. Like Reading, Birmingham were unable to take advantage of Wolves dropping points, managing a draw against Cardiff City who sit in the final playoff slot. Joe Leadley put the Bule Birds ahead on the 61st minute but Lee Bowyer equalized on the 90th minute earning Birmingham a point. Sheffield United continued thier solid start with a 2-0 victory over relegation threatned Watford at Vicarage Road. Preston dispatched Burnley 2-1 to keep thier playoff hopes alive as well.
Ipswich Town crushed Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park. The tractor boys were lethal and Garvin, Norris and Lisbie got thier names on the scoresheet while Clint Hill added to a bad day by scoring an own goal, for Palace the only bright spot was Alan Lee who at least prevented a clean sheet. Charltons season went from bad to worse and relegation looks more likely by the week as they were thumped by Sheffield Wednesday 4-1. Tudgay put two in the back of the net while Potters and Jeffers added more misery to Charltons season. Charlton sit at the foot of the table with just 19 points and are 10 points from safety, the other two relegation teams are starting to pull away for Charlton. Speaking of other relegation clubs, it was a relegation six pointer at St. Mary’s stadium between Doncaster and Southampton. Doncaster got the vital three points by virtue of a 2-1 victory with Martins and Coppinger providing the firepower need to secure the critial 3 points. Southampton sit with 26 points while Doncaster has 27 points but is in the final relegation spot via goal difference with Watford, and that difference is only one goal. New Derby manager Nigel Clough is still awaiting his first leage win as Derby went down to QPR at Pride Park 2-0. In another high scoring match, Norwich thumped Barnsley 4-0 with Hoolahan, Cureton, Clingan and Russell all getting goals in the match. Nottingham Forest picked up another 3 points by winning 2-0 over Plymouth at City ground. Robert Earnshaw and Paul Anderson provided the goals.