Box­ing Day body blow as lead­ers New­cas­tle lose

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Cham­pi­onship lead­ers New­cas­tle United suf­fered a Box­ing Day set­back as Sh­effield Wed­nes­day earned a 10 vic­tory at St James’ Park on Mon­day. A Glenn Loovens header eight min­utes into the sec­ond half si­lenced the home crowd and proved enough to keep the vis­i­tors sixth in the ta­ble.

New­cas­tle’s de­feat, which fol­lowed three con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries, has opened the door for Brighton and Hove Al­bion to move top if they beat Queens Park Rangers on Tues­day. It was a good day for the chas­ing pack with fifth­placed Leeds United win­ning 4-1 at Pre­ston North End where home striker Jer­maine Beck­ford was sent off in his first match back since serv­ing a three-game sus­pen­sion.

Goals by Ke­mar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and Souley­mane Doukara put the vis­i­tors in con­trol be­fore the break and Pablo Her­nan­dez added a late fourth to leave Leeds on 41 points, eight off the pace.

For­mer Leeds for­ward Beck­ford, dis­missed Chelsea 18 15 Man City 18 12 Liver­pool 17 11 Arse­nal 18 11 Tot­ten­ham 17 9 Man United 18 9 Ever­ton 18 7 S’amp­ton 17 6 Al­bion 18 6 Wat­ford 18 6 West Ham 18 6 Stoke City 17 5 B’mouth 18 6 Burn­ley 18 6 M’brough 18 4 Le­ices­ter 18 4 Crys­tal Palace18 4 Sun­der­land 18 4 Swansea 18 3 Hull City 18 3

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1-3: Cham­pi­ons League / EC I 4: Cham­pi­ons League pre­lim­i­nary round 5: Europa League 6-7: Europa League de­pend­ing on do­mes­tic cup 18-20: Rel­e­ga­tion

49 48 43 42 41 40 36 36 34 34 34 33 32 29 28 28 27 26 24 23 22 20 18 for fight­ing with a team mate in his last match, came on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute but he lasted only three min­utes af­ter a reck­less kick in the face of a United de­fender. “(Kyle) Bart­ley and (Luke) Ayling came through the back of Jer­maine and he acted stupidly,” said Pre­ston man­ager Si­mon Grayson.

Third-placed Read­ing closed within six points of New­cas­tle thanks to a 3-1 home win over Nor­wich City who had Jonny How­son sent off for de­lib­er­ate handball.

Hud­der­s­field Town came from a goal down to beat Not­ting­ham For­est 2-1 and stay fourth, a point be­hind Read­ing and one ahead of Leeds. Michael Man­ci­enne’s own goal af­ter half­time sealed the points for Hud­der­s­field and the For­est de­fender was later sent off to com­plete a mis­er­able day. Bot­tom club Rother­ham United claimed their third league win of the sea­son by beat­ing fel­low strug­glers Wi­gan Ath­letic 3-2. — Reuters

EPL/ English Foot­ball League Ta­bles

Arse­nal 1, West Bromwich Al­bion 0; Burn­ley 1, Mid­dles­brough 0; Chelsea 3, Bournemouth 0; Hull City 0, Manch­ester City 3; Le­ices­ter City 0, Ever­ton 2; Manch­ester United 3, Sun­der­land 1; Swansea City 1, West Ham United 4; Wat­ford 1, Crys­tal Palace 1.

Rother­ham 23 3 4 16 24 50

Scun­thorpe 23 14 Sh­eff Utd 23 14 Bolton 23 14 Rochdale 23 12 Brad­ford 23 9 Southend 23 10 Peter­bor­ough22 10 Fleet­wood 23 9 Mill­wall 23 10 Bris­tol Rovers23 9 AFCWim­ble­don23 8 Charl­ton 23 7 Northamp­ton 23 8 Ox­ford 23 8 Wal­sall 23 7 Gilling­ham 23 8 Port Vale 23 7 Mil­ton Dons 23 6 Swin­don 23 6 Bury 23 6 Shrews­bury 23 5 Ch­ester­field 23 6 Coven­try 23 4 Old­ham 22 3

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