New­cas­tle suf­fer shock de­feat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NEW­CAS­TLE missed out on the chance to make his­tory as they suf­fered a shock de­feat to Black­burn and had their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship cut to two points by Brighton.

The lead­ers had been chas­ing a 10th straight win in all com­pe­ti­tions but missed out on a new club record as they were de­servedly beaten 1-0 at St James’ Park.

Rafael Ben­itez made six changes to his team and the move back­fired as Charlie Mul­grew volleyed in from a cor­ner with 15 min­utes re­main­ing.

Brighton took ad­van­tage as they came from be­hind to win 2-1 at home to Ful­ham.

Kevin McDon­ald gave the Cot­tagers an 18th-minute lead but Brighton turned it round in the sec­ond half when Sam Bal­dock equalised be­fore Glenn Mur­ray grabbed the 79th-minute win­ner.

Third-placed Read­ing also gained ground on the lead­ers, mak­ing it five wins out of five af­ter beat­ing Bris­tol City 2-1.

IGarath McCleary gave them an early lead with the re­bound af­ter his weak penalty was saved by Frank Field­ing, and Roy Beerens soon smashed in a sec­ond.

Read­ing con­ceded their first goal in 447 min­utes when Gary O’Neil net­ted late on but it was not enough for City.

Leeds are up to fifth af­ter hold­ing off a late fight­back from 10man Rother­ham to win 2-1.

Garry Monk’s side were cruis­ing af­ter first-half goals from Chris Wood and Souley­mane Doukara, either side of Peter Odemwingie’s red card for el­bow­ing Liam Cooper.

The Millers grabbed a life­line through Richard Wood’s 86thminute header but Leeds held on in a tense fi­nale to beat their York­shire neigh­bours for the first time in 34 years.

Nor­wich’s mis­er­able run con­tin­ued as they slumped to a fifth straight de­feat against in-form Derby to leave man­ager Alex Neil un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure.

Bradley John­son grabbed the only goal against his former club to make it four wins a row for Steve McClaren’s men, who are now just a point be­hind the free-fall­ing Ca­naries.

As­ton Villa are up to 11th af­ter a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff main­tained their im­pres­sive form since Steve Bruce’s ar­rival.

Al­bert Adomah’s opener was can­celled out by Rickie Lam­bert but Jonathan Kod­jia’s header re­stored Villa’s lead and a late penalty from Rudy Gest­ede sealed the win.

Paul Lam­bert’s first home match in charge of Wolves ended in a 2-0 de­feat to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

Fer­nando Forestieri put Wed­nes­day in front from the penalty spot and he was then in­volved in the build-up to Kieran Lee’s goal which dou­bled the lead.

Ip­swich se­cured their big­gest win of the sea­son with a 3-0 vic­tory over Queens Park Rangers at Port­man Road with goals from Grant Ward, Luke Var­ney and Tom Lawrence. – The In­de­pen­dent

Black­burn Rovers’s Charlie Mul­grew (in red) scores against New­cas­tle dur­ing Satur­day’s English Cham­pi­onship match at St James’ Park.

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