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Championship Round Up: QPR Top At Christmas With Chasing Pack Closing Fast

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Lacking in a certain enthusiasm for more prose about the diabolical way sporting events are cancelled due to bad weather in the U.K. I am going to assume that you are aware it is cold in England and the reaction of the country gives credence to the sensationalist theory from the film “The Day After Tommorow” on global warming is becoming reality.

Despite the high number of postponements there were some matches in the Championship this weekend some of which probably made standing or sitting on a freezing terrace more than worth it for fans able to catch some Championship action.

The results of these games mean that we go into Christmas with QPR leading the way but within touching distance of the chasing pack as just seven points separating the top six sides.

At the bottom of the table the relegation battle sees four sides within two points of each other at the foot of the table and at risk of becoming detached and having on one place of safety within their grasp. 

In the managerial sack race Roy Keane admirers will be pleased that Ipswich finally ended their seven game losing run with an emphatic victory over Leicester.

However the battle at the top focussed on the successes of Leeds and Norwich, who came out victorious in two key battles at the top.

Leeds United faced off against top of the table Queens Park Rangers with a brace either side of half time by Max Gradel giving the Yorkshire club a two goal victory and second place in a table.

In the other key game at the top of the table Coventry were beaten at home by Norwich City with Grant Holt scoring either side of a Marlon King effort for the hosts to give the Canaries a vital away win as they continue to build momentum.

The bottom two clubs in the table will have been buoyed as they may not have played but relegation rivals Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough lost although victory for Sheffield United moved the club four points clear of the relegation places and leaving the bottom four detached from the rest of the league.

One club that have been heavily affected by postponements is Nottingham Forest who prior to the weekend had seen their last two games called off, however Forest came back with a bang demolishing relegation threatened Crystal Palace.

Merry Christmas from ChampionshipTalk and if you get bored this Christmas join me on Twitter @kristiandowner and give me a piece of your mind.

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