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Piq off to a flyer as Saints falter

Filed: Tuesday, 6th March 2012
By: Staff Writer

It was a good night for Freddie Piquionne as he scored on his Doncaster debut - and not a bad one for West Ham either as Championship leaders Southampton dropped two points at home to Ipswich.

Piquionne, who made his debut for new club Doncaster at Nottingham Forest tonight scored the first of Rovers' two goals in a 2-1 win that lifts Dean Saunders' side off the bottom of the Championship.

Meanwhile Southampton blew the chance to go four points clear of West Ham - who face Watford at the Boleyn Ground tomorrow night - after conceding a late goal at home to Ipswich at St Mary's.

Ricky Lambert's 74th minute goal - his 25th goal of the season and his fifth in the last three appearances - looked like it would be enough to earn the Saints a fourth successive Championship win.

However the Tractor Boys - who have already beaten Sam Allardyce's West Ham both home and away this season - salvaged a point courtesy of an 85th minute equalise from Jason Scotland.

The point extends Southampton's lead at the top of the table to two points - but crucially, the Hammers now have two games in hand over Nigel Adkins' side.

Elsewhere Reading continued their charge up the table with a SEVENTH successive Championship win after grabbing a narrow 1-0 win over bottom club Portsmouth. The Royals are now just one point behind West Ham, albeit having played a game more.

Fourth-placed Middlesbrough maintained their outside hopes of automatic promotion with a 2-0 win over Barnsley but Ian Holloway's Blackpool suffered a setback going down 2-1 at Derby.

The other club in the top six, Birmingham, were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in an FA Cup fifth round replay.

Squeaky bum time? The top of the Championship tonight

1. Southampton 35-66 +30
2. West Ham Utd 33-64 +21
Reading 34-63 +16
4. Middlesbrough 34-59 +8
5. Blackpool 35-56 +12
6. Birmingham 33-55 +21

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