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Championship round-up

26 December 2012

Cardiff City extended their lead at the top of the npower Championship to five points after substitute Aron Gunnarsson nodded home the winning goal against title rivals Crystal Palace.

An action-packed first half was book-ended by two goals 40 minutes apart, Mike Jedinak stunned the sell-out crowd at Cardiff City Stadium with the opener before Craig Noone equalised late in the period.

Third-placed Hull City were unable to provide any kind of celebration on their 10th anniversary since moving into the KC Stadium following a goalless draw with fellow promotion chasers Leicester City.

Middlesbrough bounced back from Saturday's defeat at Leeds United to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive with a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers. Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the game's solitary goal midway through the second half.

Peterborough United made it three wins on the bounce as Wolverhampton Wanderers joined Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers on the growing list of recent sides slayed by a resurgent Posh. Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a 3-0 victory.

Curtis Davies settled a thrilling contest in Birmingham City's favour against fellow strugglers Barnsley with a 2-1 victory at Oakwell. Davies was on target in each half, sandwiching an equaliser from Jonathan Greening, but the loss was harsh on Barnsley, who were the better side.

Mamady Sidibe scored his first Sheffield Wednesday goal as Dave Jones' side secured a third consecutive win with a 1-0 triumph at out-of-form Bolton. Charlie Austin scored his 23rd goal of the season to set Burnley on their way to a first victory in six Championship matches as Derby County were beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Loan stars DJ Campbell, who missed an early penalty, and Daryl Murphy fired Ipswich Town to a 2-1 victory at free-falling Charlton Athletic. Danny Haynes pulled one back from the spot for Charlton but they could not avoid crashing to a third straight defeat.

Substitute Nathan Delfouneso struck deep in stoppage time for Blackpool to deny Huddersfield Town a first win in eight games as an entertaining npower Championship clash finished 1-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

In the early kick-off Billy Sharp's double strike - one from the penalty spot - inspired Nottingham Forest to come from a goal down to beat Leeds 4-2 at the City Ground.


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