Football - Championship

Scunthorpe bottom after Norwich thrashing

Round-up: Alan Knill's first match in charge of Scunthorpe United ended with them dropping to the bottom of the Championship following a 6-0 drubbing by Norwich City at Carrow Road.

 
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Knill, who left Bury to replace the sacked Ian Baraclough, saw his new side concede a hat-trick each from Grant Holt and another from Simeon Jackson, who only came on as a 70th-minute substitute.

That defeat, plus Preston North End's victory over promotion candidates Swansea City, saw the Iron hit rock bottom of the table, eight points from safety, with just seven games remaining.

Preston claimed their third straight win to give themselves a fighting chance of escaping the drop courtesy of two goals from Iain Hume - a third-minute penalty and an 83rd-minute winner - either side of Ashley Williams's equaliser for Swansea.

Sheffield United, who occupy the third of the three relegation spots, play leaders Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

Cardiff City took full advantage of the rivals Swansea losing by beating struggling Derby County 4-1 to move above their Welsh neighbours and up to third on goal difference.

Leeds United held their nerve to keep their promotion hopes alive and deal a massive blow to those of Nottingham Forest, who had Chris Cohen controversially sent off in the first half in a 4-1 victory for Simon Grayson's side.

Jonny Howson broke 10-man Forest's resistance early in the second period and Luciano Becchio headed a second soon after to put Leeds in command.

But Forest, who will feel aggrieved referee Mark Halsey showed Cohen a straight red card for his full-blooded tackle on George McCartney 10 minutes before half-time, hit back through substitute Gareth McCleary's brilliant curling effort. Leeds were not to be denied victory and Max Gradel scored twice in the last 16 minutes to seal the points.

That means Reading move up into the last of the play-off places after Shane Long's brace sealed a 2-0 win over Portsmouth.

Steve Morison boosted Millwall's play-off bid with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Hull City.

The Wales striker may have struggled against England's Three Lions last weekend, but he shot down the Tigers with a superb first-half finish.

Morison's 16th goal of the season saw Millwall leapfrog the hosts in the table to keep the Londoners in touch with the top six and still dreaming of back-to-back promotions.

City are just a point behind them but games are running out and they need to turn around the home form which sees them without a win on their own turf since February 12.

Burnley 's own play-off hopes were hit after they were beaten 2-0 at home to Ipswich, courtesy of goals from David Norris and Connor Wickham, while Gary McSheffrey and Lukas Jutkiewicz ensured Coventry beat Watford by the same scoreline.

A hat-trick from Yakubu was not enough to see Leicester win at Middlesbrough, who pegged back the Foxes three times through goals from Marvin Emnes, Luke Williams and Stephen McManus, the last of those goals coming in the 90th minute.

Nicky Maynard scored the only goal in Bristol City's win over Doncaster Rovers, while a James Vaughan penalty sealed a 2-1 win over Barnsley for Crystal Palace after Marlon Harewood had cancelled out Neil Danns's opener.

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