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Championship wrap: Cardiff move further clear

SoccerNews in English Championship 26 Dec 2012

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Cardiff City have extended their lead at the top of the Championship with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Having gone behind to an early goal from Palace captain Mile Jedinak, Cardiff equalised just before half-time through Craig Noone before Aron Gunnarsson scored the winner in the 73rd minute.

Saturday’s win sees Cardiff move to 50 points at the top of the Championship table after 24 rounds.

Palace drop to fourth behind Middlesbrough, who climbed after a 1-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers, while second-placed Hull City drew 0-0 against Leicester City to move to 45 points.

Middlesbrough’s Lukas Jutkiewicz scored in the 67th minute as they picked up their third victory in four fixtures.

In the early game, Nottingham Forest blitzed Leeds United 4-2 with Billy Sharp scoring twice for the winners.

Leeds went ahead in the 12th minute through Paul Green but Sharp equalised for the home side when he converted a penalty just before half-time.

Sharp put Nottingham in front in the 54th minute and it was 3-1 three minutes later when visiting midfielder Rudolph Austin scored an own goal.

Dexter Blackstock’s powerful header in the 61st minute increased Nottingham’s lead to three goals but Leeds made it 4-2 in the 90th minute through a goal from Davide Somma.

Nottinham’s win takes them to eighth with 36 points, while Leeds are a further point back in ninth.

Peterborough United and Sheffield Wednesday picked up crucial victories away from home as they attempt to avoid relegation, winning 3-0 and 1-0 over Wolverhampton and Bolton respectively.

In other Championship results, Ipswich Town won 2-1 away to Charlton Athletic, Hartlepool drew 1-1 with Blackpool, Burnley defeated Derby County 2-0 and Birmingham City knocked off Barnsley 2-1.

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