Championship round-up

Championship Results:

Blackpool 1 Forest 1:

Tony Parkes Blackpool     

Parkes: Missed the game

Blackpool secured their place in the Championship for next season as they came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest – who are not yet safe.

Dexter Blackstock was on hand to smash in from close range as Billy Davies‘ side took the lead before Brett Ormerod – who enjoyed a loan spell with Forest during their promotion from League One last season – grabbed the equaliser.

Ian Evatt was sent-off in the 67th minute to ensure a nervy finale at Bloomfield Road but the hosts held on for a point which sees them safe.

Norwich currently occupy the final relegation spot but are not in action until Monday night and Forest are now four points clear of The Canaries.

Blackpool were led out by coach Steve Thompson as caretaker manager Tony Parkes missed the game due to personal reasons.

Forest came into the game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run that had lifted them clear of danger but it was the home side who started brightly.

David Vaughan got on the end of Charlie Adam’s third-minute cross to force goalkeeper Paul Smith into an excellent save before Stephen Crainey tested Smith from the edge of the area.

Pool ahead

But Forest broke well to take the lead in the ninth minute with their first attack.

The ball was moved down the left and when Chris Cohen dug out a cross to the near post, Blackstock got ahead of the defence to steer a volley past Paul Rachubka from the corner of the six-yard box.

Forest midfielder Isaiah Osbourne dragged a shot wide at the end of another slick break before Ormerod levelled matters on the half-hour.

Vaughan won the ball and picked out Ormerod, who raced clear of the defence before drilling a low shot across Smith to find the back of the net.

Davies replaced defender Ian Breckin with midfielder Garath McCleary at the break as he searched for a winner and Forest came close to a breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining after Evatt saw red.

Joe Garner was played clear and Evatt cynically hauled him down to leave referee Jon Moss with no option but to send him off for a professional foul.

Cohen took the resulting free-kick and was only denied by a brilliant save from Rachubka, and when Joel Lynch crossed the loose ball back in Luke Chambers could only head over the crossbar.

Ormerod then shanked an effort wide at the other end before James Perch had the last chance for Forest.

Substitute Robert Earnshaw managed to put a cross into the goalmouth and Perch got up well but headed straight atRachubka.

Barnsley 1 Wolves 1

Wolves clinched the Championship title with a draw at Barnsley and Roy Keane got off to a winning start as Ipswich boss.

Elsewhere Sheffield United boosted their promotion hopes with a 1-0 win over Swansea to end the Welsh side’s play-off bid.

Already-promoted Wolves gained the point they needed to win the title with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Jonathan Macken gave struggling Barnsley the lead just before the hour mark, but Kyel Reid grabbed the crucial equaliser for Wolves six minutes from time to secure the Championship.

Roy Keane enjoyed a dream start as Ipswich manager as he saw his side overcome Cardiff 3-0 at Ninian Park.

Pablo Counago netted the first goal of Keane’s reign on 34 minutes and David Norris added a second six minutes after the break.

Jonathan Stead put the icing on the cake for Keane with a third in the final minute.

Paul McKenna and Ross Wallace struck brilliant goals for Preston North End as they defeatedBirmingham City, who had taken the lead through Keith Fahey.

Lee Bowyer, Lee Williamson and Wallace all saw red in a thrilling encounter as the Blues now await a nervous final day at Reading in their bid for automatic promotion from the Championship.

Southampton ended a traumatic week by having their relegation confirmed after being held to a 2-2 draw with play-off chasing Burnley at St Mary’s.

Having been docked 10 points by the Football League for their holding company’s recent fall into administration, Southampton were staring relegation in the face and their fate was confirmed by the draw with Burnley. The result also means their penalty will not kick in until next season so they begin life in League One on minus 10 points.

Bradley Wright-Phillips gave the Saints the lead on 11 minutes, but Graham Alexander levelled from the penalty spot on 32 minutes.

David McGoldrick restored the lead a minute before the break only for Clarke Carlisle to earn Burnley a point with a 67th minute leveller.

David Cotterill’s penalty earned Sheffield United a 1-0 success over Swansea at Bramall Lane that cements their spot in third.

Ten-man Blackpool picked up the point they needed to secure safety with a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road.

Dexter Blackstock gave Forest the lead after just nine minutes, but former Forest man Brett Ormerod came back to haunt his old club with an equaliser on the half hour.

Blackpool had to hang on for the draw after Ian Evatt was sent-off for a professional foul on 68 minutes.

Derby ensured another season in the Championship with a 1-0 win over relegatedCharlton at Pride Park.

Rob Hulse scored the only goal of the game with 20 minutes to go to secure survival for Nigel Clough’s men.

Plymouth are still not safe after being held to a goalless draw by QPR at Loftus Road.

Darren Potter’s late goal earned Sheffield Wednesday a 1-1 draw at Bristol City.

The on-loan midfielder struck two minutes from time to cancel out Lee Johnson’s 25th minute opener.

Watford came from two goals down to beat Coventry 3-2 at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry looked to be heading for their first win in seven after goals from Freddy Eastwood (10) and Robbie Simpson (54), but Watford roared back with strikes from Tommy Smith (58), Grzegorz Rasiak (61) and Tamas Priskin (74)

To compound Coventry’s misery Daniel Fox was red carded for violent conduct eight minutes from time.

Doncaster moved above Crystal Palace in the table with a 2-0 win over the Eagles at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Dean Shiels’ first goal for the club on the stroke of half time and James Hayter 75th minute effort proved to be enough for the home side.

~ by awbroady on April 26, 2009.

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