Saturday 22nd February

Leicester City powered on at the top of the Sky Bet Championship standings with a 3-0 home win over Ipswich Town, although nearest challengers Burnley and Derby County picked up victories as well.

Nigel Pearson's side had drawn their last two matches but returned to winning ways, stretching their unbeaten league run to 13 games thanks to goals from forwards Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and Chris Wood.

That was not enough to extend their handsome lead at the summit, though, as Burnley kept within eight points of the pacesetters thanks to a 3-1 home victory over fifth-placed Nottingham Forest.

Burnley were home and dry early on thanks to three goals in the opening 35 minutes, Sam Vokes netting twice following Scott Arfield's opener. Forest were only able to net a late consolation through Djamel Abdoun.

Two points further back are Derby, although Steve McClaren's men left it late before earning a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

The division's leading scorers had looked set for a rare goalless day until Chris Martin fired home an 85th-minute winner to give them all three points.

There was also late drama in the London derby between struggling Charlton Athletic and promotion-chasing Queens Park Rangers, where the latter's title challenge suffered another setback as they went down to a stoppage-time Johnnie Jackson header.

That 1-0 loss was QPR's third successive defeat and fourth consecutive game without a win as they fell 15 points behind Leicester.

The only silver lining for the Hoops was that three of the four teams immediately below them also lost, with Reading and Brighton and Hove Albion joining Forest in failing to pick up points.

Sixth-placed Reading were beaten 1-0 at home by Blackburn Rovers - Craig Conway netting the winner after 36 minutes, while Brighton lost 2-1 at home to in-form Wigan Athletic.

James McArthur and Chris McCann set Wigan on their way to a fourth league win in five, with the Seagulls' only response coming from Leonardo Ulloa 12 minutes from time.

The seventh-placed Latics are now three points above Brighton and just a point off the play-off spots.

At the foot of the table, things got considerably tighter as all of the bottom three picked up wins.

Yeovil Town remain bottom despite beating Doncaster Rovers. A 59th-minute penalty from former Rovers forward James Hayter was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the Glovers, while an early Jim O'Brien goal earned 23rd-placed Barnsley a 1-0 win over Millwall.

With third-bottom Charlton's win ending a run of of four successive defeats, there are now just five points separating the bottom five. Millwall and Doncaster are the other sides in the thick of the relegation dogfight.

Bolton Wanderers eased their fears of the drop with a 2-0 win over Watford. First-half goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason sealed the points as Dougie Freedman's side moved three points clear of Doncaster immediately below.

Just above Bolton, Blackpool continued to slip down the standings after losing 2-1 at home to Birmingham City.

A first victory since November had been a possibility when Blackpool took a 22nd-minute lead, but Birmingham hit back with a second-half brace from Lee Novak - either side of a red card for home defender Jack Robinson - to take the points.

Also on Saturday, Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town with goals from Jeremy Helan and Jacques Maghoma, while, in an early kick-off, Middlesbrough and Leeds drew 0-0.

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