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Leaders Cardiff stretched their advantage to seven points while Wolves and Barnsley climbed out of the bottom three with vital wins.

Last Updated: 02/04/13 at 14:41

Flying high: Fraizer Campbell scores for Cardiff against Blackburn

Flying high: Fraizer Campbell scores for Cardiff against Blackburn

Bluebirds flying high; Important wins for Wolves and Barnsley

Cardiff stretched their lead at the top of the table to seven points as they claimed a 3-0 victory over struggling Blackburn, with a last-gasp Peter Whittingham penalty sealing the triumph.

With second-placed Hull not in action until Tuesday, when they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Watford, the win allowed the Bluebirds to cement their status in pole position.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored a double as Wolves emerged 3-2 winners in the derby clash at Birmingham to climb out of the drop zone, despite a scare as Wade Elliott netted a late penalty for the Blues.

A fourth-minute Michael Keane own-goal and a Chris O'Grady strike handed relegation-threatened Barnsley a much-needed 2-0 victory over free-falling Leicester at Oakwell.

Relegation candidates Sheffield Wednesday suffered a blow at rock-bottom Bristol City as the home side snatched a stoppage-time 1-1 draw through Sam Baldock.

Nottingham Forest narrowly retained their unbeaten streak under Billy Davies as a stoppage-time penalty from Lewis McGugan sealed a 1-1 draw at Burnley after Junior Stanislas had put the hosts in front.

Ten-man Blackpool edged a 1-0 victory over promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace at Bloomfield Road to propel the Seasiders away from the drop zone, with Matt Phillips netting an 85th-minute winner after Barry Ferguson had been sent off for a second yellow just before half-time.

The tussle between Millwall and Ipswich at The Den ended in a goalless draw as the two sides shared the spoils.

In Monday's late game, Jake Buxton grabbed a late winner as Derby came from behind to beat Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road and leave manager Neil Warnock to decide that it was time to part company with the Yorkshire club.

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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