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Crystal Palace moved to the top of the Championship after a 3-0 win over arch-rivals Brighton, whilst Watford moved into the play-off places.

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Palace back on top; Hull into fourth as Watford climb into top six

Crystal Palace moved to the top of the Championship after a 3-0 win over arch-rivals Brighton, whilst Watford moved into the play-off places.

With Middlesbrough losing on Friday evening and previous leaders Cardiff not playing until Sunday, Palace had the chance to move back to the summit and they took it with both hands.

Brighton had Lewis Dunk sent off within the opening 10 minutes and Palace capitalised on their extra man with top-scorer Glenn Murray netting in each half. Murray then passed up the chance to convert a penalty for his hat-trick as he gave the ball to Owen Garvan to stroke home the third.

Leicester City are third, two points adrift of Cardiff, following a thumping 4-1 victory over Derby County in the day's late game. Theo Robinson gave the Rams hope after early goals from Zak Whitbread and Martyn Waghorn, but a David Nugent double sealed an emphatic win.

Hull City kept up their promotion bid with a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest. The two sides each converted penalties with Robert Koren and Billy Sharp netting before Paul McShane headed home the winner with 20 minutes left.

Watford's excellent run of form continued as they beat Barnsley 4-1 at Vicarage Road with a Troy Deeney brace and goals from Mark Yeats and Matej Vydra doing the damage. Marcus Tudgay added a consolation in stoppage time.

Millwall dropped out of the play-off places after playing out a goalless draw with South London rivals Charlton.

Leeds United are in the top half of the table after they sealed a 4-2 win over Yorkshire neighbours Huddersfield in the day's early kick-off with Luciano Becchio helping himself to a brace.

Blackpool also returned to the top half after they claimed a 4-1 win at bottom-of-the-table Peterborough United. After a goalless first-half at London Road, on-loan forward Wes Thomas fired them ahead shortly before Thomas Ince converted a penalty.

Dwight Gayle, on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge, then opened his Peterborough account with 19 minutes left but Blackpool added two more late goals through Nouha Dicko and another from Ince to seal the win.

Bristol City remain in the bottom three after they were hammered 4-1 at home by Wolves. All the goals for the visitors came before half-time with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Kevin Doyle and Bjorn Sigurdarson scoring. Neil Danns hit a late consolation for The Robins.

Ipswich moved three points clear of the drop zone after a late Michael Chopra strike gave them a 2-1 win at Bolton. Mark Davies had put the home side ahead early on but DJ Campbell levelled from the spot before Chopra struck in the final minute.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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