16 Mar 2014

Leicester, Burnley win again

12:24 pm on 16 March 2014

Leicester City and Burnley moved another step closer to English football's elite Premier League as the Championship's top two earned hard-fought home wins on Sunday.

The second division leaders Leicester came from behind to beat Blackpool 3-1, while second-placed Burnley also had to recover from an early setback before grinding out a 2-1 victory over Leeds.

The Foxes, who have New Zealand striker Chris Wood in their ranks, remain seven points clear of Burnley, but more significantly they hold a 17-point lead over third-placed Derby with a game in hand in the race for automatic promotion.

Burnley are in good shape to reach the top-flight as well, with Sean Dyche's team 10 points ahead of Derby with 10 games to play.

Third-placed Derby are trailing way behind into the automatic promotion race after a 0-0 draw at play-off contenders Reading.

Queen's Park Rangers remain fourth after cruising to a 3-0 win over second-bottom Yeovil at Loftus Road.

James McClean scored twice as Wigan made it eight straight wins in all competitions to beat Ipswich 3-1 at Portman Road.

The FA Cup holders, who returned to the semi-finals of the competition thanks to a stunning win at Manchester City last weekend, fell behind to a goal from the All Whites defender Tommy Smith.

But Uwe Rosler's fifth-placed team equalised two minutes later through McClean and Leon Barnett put Wigan ahead at the interval before McClean made the points safe in the 76th minute.

Nottingham Forest, who hold the final play-off spot, were held to a 0-0 draw by Doncaster at the City Ground.