READING, Dec 28 (SW) - Reading and Sheffield United kept up their pace to earn automatic Premiership promotion with wins over Leicester City and Southampton on Wednesday.
Reading - Leicester City 2-0
The Royals continued to roll and the Foxes continued to struggle at the Madejski Stadium, a venue that looks more and more like it will host Premiership football next season.
The match didn't get its first goal until the hour mark as Kevin Doyle fired home from inside the area and the match was put to rest three minutes from time as Brynjar Gunnarsson scored on a header from Nick Shorey's cross.
Southampton - Sheffield United 0-1
George Burley's home debut with Southampton was no better than his road debut as the Saints fell again to second-placed Sheffield United.
Neil Shipperley gave the Blades victory on 55 minutes as he put the ball in after a brilliant setup by Danny Webber to keep Neil Warnock's side within nine points of the leaders.
Millwall - Watford 0-0
Bottom side Millwall got a point on their new manager's debut against playoff contenders Watford at the New Den.
David Tuttle's side had some good chances go awry as they remain anchored to the foot of the Championship league table.
Stoke City - Leeds United 0-1
Watford's draw allowed Leeds to jump into third place in the league with their win over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke had the best of the chances in the match, but American international Eddie Lewis got in behind the Stoke defense to slot home a Jonathan Douglas cross in the 68th minute for the winning goal.
Michael Duberry had a chance to equalize in second-half added time, but his shot went crashing off the bar, the culmination of Stoke's luck on the evening.
Sheffield Wednesday - Wolverhampton 0-2
If Sheffield Wednesday intend to remain in the Championship, they must avoid results like that on Wednesday, a home loss to sixth-placed Wolves.
Darren Anderton put the visitors into the lead on 33 minutes after a pass by Lee Naylor and Scottish starlet Kenny Miller made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute.
Crystal Palace - Derby County 2-0
Crystal Palace sit fifth with two games in hand in the league table after their victory over Derby at Selhurst Park.
Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison put the Eagles in front on the hour mark with a tap-in goal and fullback Darren Ward made it 2-0 in the 41st minute on a volley off a corner kick.
Luton Town - Brighton 3-0
Luton recorded their first win in their last five games as they trounced relegation candidates Brighton at Kenilworth Stadium.
Steve Howard opened the scoring for the Hatters in the 16th minute on Kevin Nicholls' cross and the home side went to half-time up 2-0 after Warren Feeney's 43rd-minute goal before Steve Robinson finished off Albion with a goal on 61 minutes.
Norwich City - Burnley 2-1
The Canaries made it four wins on the trot with victory over Burnley at Carrow Road.
Simon Charlton saw the home side into the lead on the quarter-hour when he fired in off a pass by Youssef Safri, and Darren Huckerby doubled the advantage in the 38th minute after being found by Dean Ashton.
Safri's own goal in the 72nd minute off a shot by Jon Harley pulled Burnley back within reach, but the home side held on for full points.
QPR - Cardiff City 1-0
After a drab first half of action at Loftus Road, the game came to life quickly after the second-half restart as Marc Nygaard hit a headed goal in the 47th minute off a cross by Matthew Rose.
Hull City - Ipswich Town 2-0
Hull are unbeaten in six of the last seven games after their victory over Ipswich at the KC Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Nick Barmby put the Tigers in front in the 55th minute for what was a deserved goal, and the win was capped off a quarter-hour later as Craig Fagan scored in the 70th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Coventry City - Crewe Alexandra 1-1
Third-from-bottom Crewe rescued a point at the death as they held Coventry to a draw on Wednesday evening.
Don Hutchison put the Sky Blues in front in the 32nd minute as hit a gorgeous volley from a cross by Gary McSheffrey, but five minutes into second-half injury time Luke Rodgers hit a header that eluded Coventry goalkeeper Marton Fulop.
Plymouth Argyle - Preston North End P-P
The match scheduled between Plymouth and Preston at Home Park was postponed due to a frozen pitch and will be made up at a later date.
Full a full recap of the day's Premiership action, click here.
|Everton 2 Arsenal 2: Ramsey and Giroud steal draw for Wenger´s men|
|Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayer Leverkusen 2: Bellarabi nets record-breaking goal in Schmidt´s Bundesliga|
|Millen disappointed at lacklustre Palace|
|Pearson rues Hammond injury|
|Scottish Premiership Review: Leaders stun Celtic, Hamilton and Dundee United keep pace|
|Allardyce delighted with Zarate display|
|Koeman bemoans lack of tempo|
|Dyche disappointed to leave Swansea empty-handed|
|Mourinho plays down Torres talk|
|League One Review: Peterborough cut Fleetwood´s advantage, Crewe lose again|
|Monk hails resolute Swansea|
|Irvine takes positives from ´solid´ Southampton stalemate|
|League Two Review: Cheltenham stage fightback to stay in touch with leaders Morecambe|
|Championship Review: Derby heap more misery on Fulham, Forest march on|
|Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid: Champions begin title defence|
|Libya withdraw from hosting Africa Cup of Nations|
|Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 3: Zarate on target in derby win|
|Chelsea 2 Leicester City 0: Costa revelling in Premier League|
|Championship Preview: Magath preaches patience, Ipswich host East Anglian derby|
|Southampton 0 West Brom 0: Koeman, Irvine await first Premier League wins|
|Swansea City 1 Burnley 0: Dyer strike seals back-to-back wins|
|Manchester City v Liverpool: Title rivals face off as Balotelli waits in wings|
|Lack of goals no concern for Pardew|
|Solid start enthuses Lambert|
|Real Madrid v Cordoba: Ancelotti eyes recovery after Supercopa defeat|
|J.League Review: Urawa draw eight-goal thriller, Yoshida claims maiden league win|
|Aston Villa 0 Newcastle United 0: Williamson off in dismal draw|
|Explosions hit Shakhtar´s Donbass Arena|
|Heskey: Balotelli risk could pay off|
|Luis Enrique hopeful over Neymar and Pedro|
|Snodgrass set to miss entire season|
|Hull sweating over McGregor fitness|
|Montella eager to land midfielder|
|Hull see Rhodes bids rejected|
|Balotelli talks have lasted three months - agent|
|Irwin backs Van Gaal to succeed at United|
|Cattermole ready for United test|
|Cahill confident of Chelsea success|
|Sherwood turned off by Palace´s lack of interest|
|Wenger wants Arsenal to atone Goodison thrashing|
|Ancelotti: Khedira free to leave|
|FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 1: Hosts leapfrog RSL into second|
|Hughes warns suitors off Begovic|
|Supercopa a ´proud´ moment, says Simeone|
|Ancelotti: We did not need Di Maria|
|Koke hails new arrivals|
|Sluggish Monaco not fazing Berbatov|
|Recovery will take time, says Van Gaal|
|Atletico Madrid 1 Real Madrid 0 (2-1 agg): Mandzukic secures Supercopa|
|Guardiola satisfied with three points|
|Vitoria Guimaraes 3 Penafiel 0: Mensah brace inspires victory|
|Blanc has no worries despite Evian stalemate|
|Bayern Munich 2 Wolfsburg 1:Pep´s men kick off with a win|
|Heracles 0 Cambuur 1: Last-gasp defeat for pointless Heracles|
|Evian 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: Cabaye sees red as champions frustrated|
|Al Hilal Omdurman 2 Zamalek 1: Al Madina ensures hosts of victory|
|McLeish returns to management with Genk|
|Mackay defends Bevan over controversy|
|Milan dealt blow in search for Balotelli replacement|
|Sunderland v Manchester United: Van Persie returns in much-needed boost|
|Depay agrees PSV contract extension|
|Barcelona v Elche: Confidence flows as Luis Enrique era dawns|
|N´Diaye leaves Sunderland for Betis|
|Dortmund can challenge Bayern - Hitzfeld|
|Van Gaal ´enchanted´ by Rojo|
|Tottenham v QPR: Redknapp returns to White Hart Lane|
|Hughes unaware of Palacios interest|
|Hull City v Stoke City: Visitors keen to spoil party|
|Hannover seal Briand deal|
|Emery braced for Fazio departure|
|Rodgers coy on Balotelli speculation|
|Xavi out to feel ´useful´ at Barca|
|Cardiff call for Bevan resignation|
|Mourinho: Club takes priority over players|
|Pellegrini ready for crucial Liverpool clash|
|Retirement not on Buffon´s radar|
|Swansea loan Carroll from Spurs|
|Taylor wants Liberty to become a fortress|
|Celtic enter Scepovic race|
|Samaras signs two-year deal at Albion|
|We cannot be complacent - Marcelino|
|Redknapp: Mackay should get second chance|
|LMA apologise for initial Mackay statement|
|Neymar a doubt for Elche clash|
|Alves confident of Enrique evolution|
|Ferdinand dreaming of England job|
|European and EPL clubs circling for Jets|
|Millen ready to lead Palace recruitment|
|Wenger: Wilshere should ignore critics|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Herediano start strongly|
|Lambert excited by ´big asset´ Cole|
|Copa Sudamericana Review: Barcelona, Deportivo Capiata in the box seat|
|Brazilian Serie A Review: Luciano inspires Corinthians, Cruzeiro extend lead|
|Blanc: Di Maria transfer difficult|
|Klopp eager to deny Leverkusen|
|Blanc optimistic over Ibrahimovic fitness|
|Tiote will stay - Pardew|
|Bruce laments ´stupid´ McGregor mistake|
|UEFA Europa League Review: Tottenham in late turnaround, Astra shock Lyon|
|League Two Preview: Morecambe, Burton out to continue fast starts|
|Sassuolo 4 Cittadella 1: Second-half rally sees Sassuolo into Coppa fourth round|
|Howard to take US sabbatical|
|Lokeren 1 Hull City 0: McGregor error gifts Belgians victory|
|Rwanda given Wednesday hearing for disqualification appeal|
|Pochettino hails substitutes´ impact|
|Mackay apologises over text message scandal|
|Brandao suspended over Motta incident|
|Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen: Klopp expecting tough start|
|QPR complete loan deal for Vargas|
|League One Preview: Fleetwood, Preston face home tests|
|Chelsea v Leicester City: Schurrle expecting Chelsea improvement|
|Southampton v West Brom: Koeman wary of Albion|
|AEL 1 Tottenham 2: Late turnaround gives visitors play-off edge|
|CAF Confederation Cup: Al Ahly, Nkana out to reach last four|
|Swansea City v Burnley: Monk expecting stern examination|
|Bender close to Leverkusen return|
|Morocco will host Club World Cup despite Ebola concerns - FIFA|
|Schneiderlin not allowed to leave, insists Koeman|
|Dyche confident Burnley can strengthen|
|West Brom eye Samaras signing|
|Aston Villa v Newcastle United: Lambert wants more Weimann goals|
|MLS Preview: Sounders look to bounce back at Portland, Johnson banned for DC|
|Klose eyes European football|
|Monk warns Swansea over complacency|
|De Jong set for Newcastle return|
|Crystal Palace v West Ham: No excuses from Millen|
|Pearson looking for Chelsea indication|
|Blanc wants Rabiot to stay|
|Bowyer reveals Hull approach for Rhodes|
|Atletico out to gatecrash Barca, Real party once again|
|Barcelona go back to the future|
|CSL Preview: Beijing Guoan, Dalian Aerbin hit the road|
|Westwood returns to Ireland squad|
|Millen confident on Palace job prospects|
|Pedro struck down by gastroenteritis|
|Championship Preview: Magath preaches patience, Ipswich host East Anglian derby|
|Ribery not ready for Bayern return - Guardiola|
|Ancelotti: Di Maria has asked to leave|
|Moody resigns from Palace post|
|Everton v Arsenal: Martinez denies Everton have advantage|
|Coventry agree Ricoh return|
|Allardyce eyes defensive improvements|
|FA to investigate Cardiff dossier|
|Simeone not expecting to retain title|
|Balotelli bids farewell to Milan team-mates|
|Wenger open to signings after Arteta blow|
|Martinez to wait on Kone, Oviedo before considering late signings|
|Ocampos believes in Jardim´s methods|
|Villas-Boas calls for Zenit focus|
|Jovetic predicts bright future at City|
|Hamren hoping for quick Ibrahimovic recovery|
|Van Gaal retains focus on team ethic|
|Martinez calls for Everton consistency|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal´s best will come|
|Benaglio retires from Swiss duty|
|MLS Review: Galaxy stun Rapids, Sounders held|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: MLS clubs shine|
|Panama 4 Cuba 0: Hosts finally win|
|K. League Preview: In-form Jeonbuk out to increase advantage|
|Copa Sudamericana Review: Penarol poised to advance, General Diaz on track|
|Liga MX Preview: America target another win|
|J.League Preview: In-form Kashima, Tokyo face tests|
|Fresh faces in Australia squad|
|Copa Argentina Review: River Plate, Estudiantes des Caseros reach quarters|
|Girard rues wasteful Lille|
|Scholes: ´I am scared for United´|
|Patient Inter got just rewards - Mazzarri|
|UEFA Europa League Review: Inter win in Iceland|