Championship review

Dicko snatches point for Tangerines

December 8, 2012
By ESPN staff

Blackpool substitute Nouha Dicko scored a last-minute equaliser at Crystal Palace to deny Ian Holloway a victory against his former club in the Championship.

Nouha Dicko
EmpicsNouha Dicko celebrates his last-minute equaliser

Palace went 1-0 down in the first half when Nathan Delfouneso converted Tom Ince's cross, but Holloway, who managed the Seasiders for three and a half years, rallied his troops at the break.

Owen Garvan equalised with a header and Glenn Murray's 18th of season put the hosts ahead, but Dicko had the final say, making it 2-2 in the last minute by turning home a Wes Thomas cross.

The result left Palace three points adrift of leaders Cardiff, who beat Blackburn 4-1 on Friday night.

Leicester dropped to fifth in the table after needing a last-minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy to earn a 2-2 draw at home to strugglers Barnsley.

The Tykes arrived at the King Power Stadium without a win in nine and went behind thanks to Anthony Knockaert's goal, but put themselves on course for a shock win when Stephen Dawson and Reuben Noble-Lazarus found the net.

The travelling fans were ready to toast victory, but Vardy turned home David Nugent's pass with 17 seconds of the game left to steal a point for the hosts.

Middlesbrough took advantage of Leicester's slip-up as they moved up to third with a nervy 3-2 win at Peterborough.

Faris Haroun gave Boro a two-goal cushion, before Dwight Gayle put Peterborough back in the game just before half-time. Gayle then gave the bottom side a surprise lead, but Ishmael Miller came to the rescue by grabbing the visitors' winner 14 minutes from time.

Republic of Ireland internationals Robbie Brady and David Meyler both scored their first goals for Hull as the Tigers defeated in-form Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road, where Troy Deeney grabbed a last-minute consolation for the hosts.

Kazenga Lua Lua stepped off the bench and earned fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton a valuable point in a four-goal thriller at Charlton.

Bradley Pritchard put the Addicks 2-1 up after Craig Mackail-Smith equalised Lawrie Wilson's opener, but Lua Lua struck 15 minutes from time to make it 2-2.

Nottingham Forest leapfrogged local rivals Derby in to ninth with a 2-0 home win over Burnley thanks to goals from Dexter Blackstock and Billy Sharp.

At the other end of the table, Albert Adomah's 25-yard screamer condemned Sheffield Wednesday to their seventh straight loss as Bristol City secured a 3-2 win at Hillsborough.

Gary Madine thought he had set Wednesday on course for a much-needed win when he put the hosts 2-1 up after Sam Baldock's strike had cancelled out Miguel Llera's opener, but the Owls striker then handballed in his own box and Baldock made it 2-2 from the spot.

City, who started just one place above the Owls in the table, then stole all three points with Adomah's stunning set-piece that will pile more pressure on Wednesday boss Dave Jones.

James Vaughan struck four minutes from time to deny Bolton victory at Huddersfield. Zat Knight put the Terriers ahead with an own goal, but Bolton hit back through Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles.

Eagles then missed a chance to put the game to bed from the penalty spot and Vaughan made him pay by finishing Alan Lee's cross to make it 2-2.

DJ Campbell scored twice and Daryl Murphy was also on target as Mick McCarthy' Ipswich won 3-0 against his former team Millwall at Portman Road, while Derby beat Leeds 3-1 in the day's early kick-off.

Defender Jake Buxton deflected home a shot from fellow defender Richard Keogh in the 66th minute with the score at 1-1 and the Rams withstood a late barrage before substitute Ben Davies finished superbly on the break in the fourth minute of time added on.

Leeds midfielder Paul Green had cancelled out Conor Sammon's 15th-minute opener for Derby on the stroke of half-time.

In the day's final game, Marlon King's own goal handed Wolves the derby spoils as they saw off neighbours Birmingham 1-0 at Molineux.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.