An inconclusive Saturday

Craig Bellamy and Cardiff City, along with Norwich City, continue to hunt down leaders QPR as the season moves into its final furlong.

Championship fans appear to be no closer to knowing the identities of this year’s promoted/relegated/play-off bound sides. Wins for Cardiff City and Norwich City have left the race for second wide open, and ensured that QPR cannot win the Championship title this Monday at home to Derby. Meanwhile Reading’s excellent form continued with a 3-1 home victory over Leicester, to bring them firmly into the mix, and – assuming their excellent form continues – able to capitalise on any slip-ups from the Bluebirds or the Canaries in the final four games.

As for the play-off race, defeat for Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on Friday presented Leeds United with a golden opportunity to cement their position in the final play-off spot, and they nearly blew it, an own-goal from Troy Deeney two minutes from time salvaging a 2-2 draw. This was quite a positive result for Simon Grayson’s side, given that Millwall lost 2-1 away to Coventry courtesy of a Marlon King brace, but Hull City’s 3-1 defeat of woeful Doncaster Rovers sees them and Forest just two points behind Leeds and more than capable of bridging the gap.

The battle to avoid relegation appears to have claimed its first casualty, Sheffield United going down 3-1 in the game neither side could afford to lose against Preston North End at Deepdale. The Lilywhites could still, miraculously, skirt the drop themselves, after a victory for Scunthorpe United left them and Preston within four and three points of 21st-placed Crystal Palace respectively. One shouldn’t rule out Doncaster either, just two points ahead of Palace and on a dreadful run of form.

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