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Watford moved into second spot after Hull's defeat, while Bristol City climbed off the bottom of the table.

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Watford moved into second spot after Hull's defeat, while Bristol City climbed off the bottom of the table.

Watford moved into the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 victory over Derby at Vicarage Road.

Striker Matej Vydra set Gianfranco Zola's men on their way with the opener on 35 minutes and Joel Ekstrand doubled the lead after 68 minutes.

Jamie Ward reduced the arrears from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time, but Watford held on for all three points.

Hull dropped down to third after losing 4-1 to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton raced into a 3-0 lead with three goals inside the opening eight minutes from Darren Pratley (2), Mark Davies (5) and Craig Dawson (8).

Robbie Brady pulled a goal back for Hull on 68 minutes, but Dawson ended any hopes of a comeback with Bolton's fourth goal two minutes later.

Bristol City climbed off the bottom of the table with a thrilling 5-3 win over Barnsley at Ashton Gate.

Jon Stead helped himself to two goals while further strikes from Liam Fontaine, Lewin Nyatanga and Steven Davies put the game beyond Barnsley with Chris O'Grady, Tomasz Cywka and Jason Scotland on the mark for the visitors.

Peterborough dropped to the basement after going down 2-0 to Birmingham at London Road.

Nikola Zigic broke the deadlock in the first half and Chris Burke made the game safe with a second ten minutes from time.

Brighton maintained their promotion push with a 1-0 win over Burnley thanks to David Lopez's 20th minute goal.

Sheffield Wednesday boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 victory over promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace at Hillsborough.

Leroy Lita scored the only goal of the game late on to give Wednesday all three points.

Paul Ince picked up his first point as Blackpool manager after a goalless draw with Leicester at Bloomfield Road.

Chris Wood missed a second-half penalty as Leicester failed to close the gap on the leading pack.

Nottingham Forest picked up their second win of the week with a 2-0 success at ten-man Charlton.

Second-half goals from Radoslaw Majewski and Henri Lansbury earned Billy Davies' side all three points after Yann Kermorgant was sent off for Charlton in the first half for violent conduct.

Huddersfield picked up a precious point after a goalless draw with fellow strugglers Ipswich at the John Smith's Stadium.

Blackburn and Leeds failed to boost their promotion hopes after a goalless draw at Ewood Park.

In Saturday's late game, Millwall ended a run of five straight losses with a 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough to put a dent in the hosts' promotion hopes, with George Friend's own-goal and a Martyn Woolford strike condemning them to defeat.

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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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