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Steve Davies on target to give Blackpool vital victory


On target: Johnny Russell celebrates scoring for Derby

On target: Johnny Russell celebrates scoring for Derby

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On target: Johnny Russell celebrates scoring for Derby

Sky Bet Championship basement dwellers Blackpool secured just their second win of the season with a 1-0 defeat of Birmingham at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders are still five points adrift at the foot of the table but a Steve Davies strike gave Lee Clark his first victory as manager after arriving at the end of October.

Huddersfield also threw the form book out of the window to end Brentford's five-match winning run with a 2-1 home triumph at the John Smith's Stadium.

Sean Scannell's opener and a Jake Bidwell own goal gave them victory, even though Jonathan Douglas pulled one back.

That setback saw the Bees slip to fifth in the table as the other high-flyers all prevailed, including leaders Derby, who cruised to a 3-0 win against struggling Brighton.

Chris Martin bagged a brace either side of Johnny Russell's strike as the Rams took control after just 20 minutes at iPro Stadium.

Ipswich fell behind to Leeds early on after Mirco Antenucci's fourth-minute goal, but Daryl Murphy's double, a David McGoldrick penalty and a Tommy Smith strike helped Town to prevail 4-1.

Bournemouth are up to fourth after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Wolves, with Harry Arter and Matt Ritchie replying to Danny Graham's effort.

Middlesbrough also went above Brentford after a 5-1 romp at Millwall, with Jelle Vossen hitting a hat-trick and Patrick Bamford and Kike also netting to make Scott McDonald's goal for the Lions a mere consolation.

Claude Dielna struck in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to give Sheffield Wednesday a 2-1 win at Blackburn, with Kieran Lee having earlier put the Owls ahead before Alex Baptiste levelled for Rovers.

Jonny Howson struck after five minutes as Norwich prevailed 1-0 at Wigan to ease the pressure on Neil Adams but add to Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan's woes.

Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Charlton as Robert Tesche replied to Callum Harriott's opener, while there were no goals in the games between Cardiff and Rotherham and Reading versus Bolton.

Belfast Telegraph