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Watford remain five points off the top after being beaten by Blackpool, while Crystal Palace drew and Leicester and Brighton both lost.

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Tom Ince: Netted equaliser as Blackpool came from behind to beat Watford

Tom Ince: Netted equaliser as Blackpool came from behind to beat Watford

Watford beaten by Blackpool as Bristol City climb off bottom

Watford remain five points off the top of the Championship after being beaten 2-1 by Blackpool, while the race for the play-offs was left wide open as Crystal Palace drew and Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion both suffered defeats.

At the bottom of the table, Bristol City boosted their survival hopes with a home win over Middlesbrough and Peterborough United drew with Ipswich Town, as Wolverhampton Wanderers lost to Nottingham Forest.

Leaders Cardiff City and third-placed Hull City were not in action on Saturday so Watford had the opportunity to strengthen their position in the second automatic place, but they could not take advantage as Cristian Battocchio's goal was cancelled out by Tom Ince's fine effort and Gary MacKenzie sealed a first win as Blackpool manager for Paul Ince.

Crystal Palace had to settle for a 2- 2 draw against Leeds United and former manager Neil Warnock as they extended their unbeaten record at Selhurst Park to 18 games, but the result was still good enough to take the Eagles ahead of Hull in third place on goal difference.

Leicester grip on a play-off spot was loosened and the pressure on manager Nigel Pearson increased as Connor Wickham gave struggling Sheffield Wednesday an important 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

Marcos Alonso scored the only goal of the game at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton Wanderers saw off fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton 1-0 to notch a fifth straight victory.

Hanging perilously

Nottingham Forest also registered a fifth straight victory as they capitalised on Brighton's defeat to climb into the top six courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Wolves. Henri Lansbury struck twice as Dean Saunders' side were left hanging perilously above the drop zone.

Bristol City climbed off the foot of the table as goals from Albert Adomah and Steve Davies secured a 2-0 victory over stuttering Middlesbrough.

Barnsley replace them at the bottom as Peterborough also picked up a point thanks to a goalless stalemate at home to Ipswich.

Derby County endured an eighth straight game without a win as Birmingham City came from behind to prevail 3-1 at St Andrew's, with substitute Wes Thomas netting twice.

Callum Harriott's early strike proved to be the difference between the sides at the John Smith's Stadium as Charlton Athletic edged out Huddersfield Town 1-0.

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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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