Championship - Southampton take top spot

Sat, 18 Feb 17:36:00 2012

Round-up: Southampton reclaimed top spot in the Championship with a straightforward 4-0 win over Derby at St Mary's.

Adam Lallana - 0

Jos Hooiveld was on target against West Ham in midweek and the Dutchman again made the scoresheet with an untidy close range effort after 15 minutes.

Adam Lallana’s curler cleared Frank Fielding’s post by inches as Saints looked to extend their lead and the Rams keeper pulled off a superb save to deny Rickie Lambert seconds before the break.

But Saints were not to be denied and got the second their play deserved when sub Aaron Martin converted at the far post.on 57 minutes.

Lallana’s volley from 12 yards out midway through the second half secured all three points and Tadanari Lee’s first goal for the Saints proves the icing on the cake.

Crisis club Portsmouth’s woes continued as a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley sent them into the relegation zone. Dave Kitson was dismissed for a second yellow after a chest-high kick on Korey Smith four minutes before half-time.

And Smith made Pompey pay by setting up Jim O’Brien to score from outside the box with 15 minutes remaining. Matt Done added a second with a superb solo effort in stoppage-time.

Luciano Becchio’s late, late winner saw Leeds come from behind to beat Doncaster 3-2 in front of new boss Neil Warnock.

Two goals from Mamadou Bagayoko fired Rovers into a two-goal lead but Andros Townsend reduced the arrears within a minute. Adam Clayton lashed the ball home with 10 minutes remaining and after Tommy Spurr and Robbie Rogers were stretchered off, Becchio scored at the second time of asking nine minutes into stoppage-time to leave Rovers rooted to the foot of the table.

Cardiff missed the opportunity to go third, falling to a 3-0 defeat at Ipswich. Lee Martin gave the Tractor Boys the lead before ex-Bluebird Michael Chopra netted a second. Martin secured the points from Daryl Murphy's cut-back with 17 minutes left.

Nottingham Forest won the relegation six-pointer, beating Coventry 2-0 to leap out of the relegation zone. Garath McCleary left the Coventry defence trailing to open the scoring on 74 minutes and sub Robbie Findley slotted home with four minutes remaining.

Crystal Palace thumped Watford 4-0 at Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha turned in Chris Martin’s cross and Martin waded in with two of his own either side of half-time. Kagisho Dikgacoi' scored from inside the six-yard box on 64 minutes to complete the rout.

Struggling Bristol City went down 3-0 at Peterborough. Lee Tomlin nodded home the opener, before David Ball’s solo effort put Posh two to the good. Tomlin tapped home United’s third.

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