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.
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|Puel confirms Ospina departure|
|Beckham backs Rodriguez to be Real hit|
|Bojan fails to inspire Stoke|
|Long on target as Hull held by Barnsley|
|Cardiff issue Medel warning|
|Ferreyra sorry for late Shakhtar return|
|Payet rules out Swansea move|
|Gilchrist nets winner as Burnley edge Accrington|
|Cazorla optimistic for new season|
|Celtic suffer St Pauli defeat|
|QPR lose on Ferdinand debut|
|Mashaba handed Bafana Bafana role|
|Van Aanholt eager to prove himself|
|Areola completes Bastia loan switch|
|Ospina imminent, but Szczesny gets Wenger´s backing|
|Reus happy with progress|
|Alleged spot-fixers released|
|Giuly: Mathieu can be the next Abidal|
|Allardyce hoping to keep hold of Morrison|
|Monk hails quality of Swansea additions|
|Van Gaal orders United players to speak English|
|Allardyce: We must improve|
|Campbell thrilled by Palace switch|
|Bojan drawn by Stoke style|
|Palace were wasteful, says Pulis|
|Van Gaal suits me - Cleverley|
|Newcastle stay perfect in NZ|
|Van Gaal prepared to wait for Strootman|
|West Brom overcome Sacramento|
|Colorado Rapids 3 Chivas USA 0: Hosts rise to third in the West|
|Gameiro brace adds to West Ham woes|
|Villas-Boas: Rodriguez best suited to no.10 role|
|Cazorla: I´m happy at Arsenal|
|Reina respects Liverpool contract|
|Lampard could move to Melbourne on loan|
|Galliani: Balotelli ´99.9 per cent´ staying|
|Own goal helps Palace win in Philadelphia|
|Mourinho: Shaw deal would have ´killed´ Chelsea|
|Al Ahli Benghazi 0 ES Setif 2: Visitors on verge of semi-final spot|
|Julio Cesar returns to QPR|
|Rooney wants to lead United|
|Lallana to miss up to six weeks with knee injury|
|Isgrove maintains Koeman´s perfect start|
|Lens announce Ligue 1 appeal success|
|Pekerman talks due in August|
|PSG sanction ´harsh´, claims FFF chief|
|Garcia: Strootman going nowhere|
|Van Aanholt departs Chelsea for Sunderland|
|Benfica sign Manchester United flop Bebe|
|Campbell makes Palace move|
|Reed signs new deal at Southampton|
|Juve stunned in Allegri´s first match|
|AFA fined over Falklands banner|
|Robinho likely to move, claims agent|
|Drogba completes Chelsea return|
|Kiyotake moves to Hannover|
|Marotta: Juventus eyeing striking additions|
|Bakayoko set for Monaco switch|
|J.League Preview: Vortis out to improve dismal fortunes against Ardija|
|Juve complete Pereyra deal|
|Ranieri named Greece head coach|
|Fiorentina agree Basanta deal|
|Di Natale backs Pereyra´s Juve move|
|Iniesta: Suarez has talent to restore Barca glory|
|Cerci in charge of his future, says Cairo|
|West Ham target new striker|
|Pardew hopeful over De Jong|
|Rodgers expects new Gerrard deal|
|Jones: United embracing Van Gaal methods|
|Henry: Time had come to sell Suarez|
|Brunt eyes new West Brom deal|
|Arsenal´s World Cup winners to miss league opener|
|Modric hails Rodriguez, Kroos signings|
|Cech does not want bench role|
|Inzaghi blames fatigue for Milan loss|
|Real´s time to shine, says Ancelotti|
|Real Salt Lake 3 Montreal Impact 1: Garcia stars in Utah|
|Downing: Carroll injury a ´big blow´|
|Irvine: I have not seen Ideye play live|
|Olympiacos triumph in Toronto|
|Giggs likens Van Gaal to Ferguson|
|Copa do Brasil Review: Corinthians among trio on the verge of progression|
|Blanc: World Cup stars will move on|
|Pinto steps down as Costa Rica coach|
|Mourinho planning Drogba swoop|
|UEFA Europa League Review: Rosenborg complete comeback to see off Sligo|
|Mathieu out to enjoy Barcelona move|
|Mandzukic not Diego Costa´s replacement|
|Eliseu returns to Portugal with Benfica|
|Sanabria makes Roma switch|
|Carroll to miss start of season|
|Vidal: I´m not going to Manchester|
|Xavi staying at Barcelona|
|Hannover complete Gulselam signing|
|Astori loaned to Roma, Cagliari confirm|
|Nigeria to talk with Keshi over return|
|Gamberini makes Chievo move|
|Besic poised to complete Everton move|
|Marseille move Montpellier fixture from Stade Velodrome|
|CSL Preview: Harbin eye Luneng scalp, Guangzhou face Hena|
|Guardiola preaches patience with Lewandowski|
|Lampard joins New York City|
|Blanc coy on Di Maria speculation|
|CAF Confederation Cup Preview: ASEC coach confident, Al Ahly seek qualification|
|Chelsea loan Piazon to Frankfurt|
|Pochettino has high hopes for Lamela|
|Aguirre appointed as Japan coach|
|Swansea swoop for Montero|
|Pozuelo makes Vallecano switch|
|Fred back at Shakhtar, Ismaily to follow|
|CFF investigate Fofana accusations|
|Suarez could make sensational Clasico debut|
|Ribery in line for return, says Guardiola|
|Reus could resume training in two or three weeks - Klopp|
|Roma need another defender, says Garcia|
|Everton on verge of new signings|
|Rodrigo hails Nuno after Valencia switch|
|Delph eager for new Villa deal|
|Ljajic not seeking Roma exit|
|Talks held as players strike in Ecuador|
|Crouch excited by Bojan capture|
|Lambert expects swift recovery for Cole|
|West Ham duo fail to travel|
|United to play 3-4-3, says Van Gaal|
|Lallana, Markovic set to feature against Olympiacos|
|Real want to win every trophy, says Bale|
|San Jose Earthquakes 5 Chicago Fire 1: Hosts break winless streak|
|Chelsea have "outstanding squad" - Costa|
|United make winning start under Van Gaal|
|Rodgers plays down Borini injury concerns|
|Atletico Mineiro 4 Lanus 3 (agg 5-3): Own goals gift Brazilians the win|
|Dunga names Brazil assistants|
|Man City show class in Kansas|
|Villa too good for Dallas|
|Santos cannot meet Robinho´s demands, says vice-president|
|Mourinho happy with goalkeeper situation|
|Borini hurt as Liverpool lose to Roma|
|Palace held to draw by Crew|
|Tottenham down Toronto after Lamela brace|
|San Lorenzo 5 Bolivar 0: Hosts close in on Copa Libertadores final|
|Sunderland forward Scocco joins Newell´s|
|Rodgers: We won´t overpay in transfer market|
|Maccabi Haifa friendly abandoned after pitch invasion|
|USA dynamo Beasley joins Houston|