23 Mar 2014

Foxes draw as Burnley win

5:31 pm on 23 March 2014

Leicester City have inched closer to promotion to English football's Premier League despite the All Whites striker Chris Wood's side drawing 1-1 at Blackburn.

So even though the gap to second-placed Burnley closed to five points, after the Clarets cruised to a 3-0 away victory over struggling Londoners Charlton, Championship leaders Leicester remain in the box seat for automatic promotion.

The Foxes are 15 points ahead of third-placed Derby with a game in hand.

Burnley are looking good for the other automatic promotion place and a return to the top flight after a four-year absence - with only nine games left, they're unbeaten in their last 15 Championship matches.

Derby took a step towards securing a playoff place as Craig Bryson's hat-trick inspired the Rams to a thumping 5-0 home win over bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.

Reading profited on Forest's latest slip with a 2-1 win at Birmingham to move up to sixth and FA Cup holders Wigan are up to fifth place after coming from behind to beat Watford 2-1 at the DW Stadium.

Ipswich, in ninth place, remain in the playoff hunt after a 2-0 win at Brighton.