Andy Carroll's late goal secured a point for Coca-Cola Championship leaders Newcastle as the north-east derby at Middlesbrough ended 2-2.

Peter Lovenkrands (16) put the Magpies ahead, but Boro fought back to lead through Barry Robson (36) and Scott McDonald (74).

However, Carroll pounced with just eight minutes left to keep Newcastle on course for a swift return to the Barclays Premier League.

Nottingham Forest missed the chance to keep the pressure up on the top two when they were beaten 3-2 at Preston.

Ross Wallace (10) put North End ahead, before Callum Davidson's penalty (29) doubled their lead and Matthew James made it 3-0 with just over half an hour gone.

Dexter Blackstock (57) pulled one back from the spot, and although Robert Earnshaw (76) set up a grandstand finish, Forest could not find an equaliser.

Meanwhile, promotion-chasing West Brom saw off play-off hopefuls Blackpool 3-2 at The Hawthorns, Reading beat Bristol City 2-0 and Neil Warnock enjoyed his return to Sheffield United as Queen's Park Rangers picked up a useful point after a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.

Roy Keane's Ipswich grabbed a much-needed 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Scunthorpe, Plymouth remain deep in trouble despite a 1-1 draw at Coventry and Doncaster beat Derby 2-1 with goals in each half from Billy Sharp (pen) and on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Elsewhere, Leicester claimed a 1-0 win over fellow play-off hopefuls Cardiff, fourth-placed Swansea were left frustrated as they failed to find a way past struggling Sheffield Wednesday, there were also no goals between Barnsley and Crystal Palace and bottom club Peterborough secured a much-needed 1-0 win at Watford.

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