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Championship wrap: West Ham, Southampton draw

15 February 2012 00:02

West Ham United held on to top spot in the Championship after a 1-1 draw with Southampton, while Cardiff City moved into third.

Sam Allardyce's West Ham played most of the top-of-the-table encounter with 10 men, but maintained their one-point advantage at the summit with the draw.

In a chaotic few minutes, Matt Taylor was sent off following a clash with Billy Sharp, which came after the hosts were awarded a penalty at Upton Park.

Captain Mark Noble stepped up and converted the 21st-minute spot-kick, but Southampton equalised in the second half when Dutchman Jos Hooiveld scored in the 75th minute.

Meanwhile, Cardiff City moved to within three points of second-placed Southampton with a 3-1 win at home over Peterborough United.

Midfielder Peter Whittingham scored directly from a corner, Rudy Gestede netted a header and teenager Haris Vuckic, on loan from Newcastle United, was also on the scoresheet as the Welsh side took a three-goal lead into the break.

Striker Paul Taylor struck a stoppage-time consolation for the visitors as promotion contenders Cardiff ended a three-game winless run.

Coventry City moved off the bottom as Gary McSheffrey's two penalties led them to a surprise 2-1 win over Leeds United.

Birmingham City extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches after a lacklustre 0-0 draw at home to Hull City, while Gary Taylor-Fletcher's brace helped Blackpool move into fourth courtesy of a 3-1 win at lowly Doncaster Rovers.

Strugglers Bristol City salvaged a point as Brett Pitman's late double saw them secure a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, while Noel Hunt hit the winner in Reading's 1-0 victory at Derby County.

Middlesbrough held on with 10 men to secure their first league win of 2012 with a 2-1 victory at home against Nottingham Forest, while Craig Forsyth's 80th-minute goal saw Watford to a 3-2 win against Leicester City.

Elsewhere, Brighton and Hove Albion remain unbeaten this year after a 2-2 draw at home to Millwall, Michael Chopra scored the winner in Ipswich Town's 1-0 win at Portsmouth and Burnley overcame Barnsley 2-0.

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Competition
Championship
Date
14 February 2012
Game week
31
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
Venue
St. Andrew's Stadium (Birmingham)
Attendance
18900

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