Blades reach fourth

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Sheffield United moved into fourth in the Coca-Cola Championship by beating Norwich 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

United boss Kevin Blackwell left out Stoke transfer target James Beattie but his absence was not felt by the Blades, who pressed their opposition from the off.

The home side took the lead after 17 minutes when Danny Webber found the unmarked Darius Henderson at the back post to head past David Marshall.

Dexter Blackstock scored a late goal to rescue a point for QPR in their match with 10-man Coventry at Loftus Road.

Stephen Wright was shown a straight red card for high tackle in the first half but Coventry defied their numerical disadvantage to go ahead thanks to a superb 25-yard free kick from Danny Fox 17 minutes from the end.

Blackstock raced on to a long ball from Radek Cerny to head past Keiren Westwood in injury time, though, to seal a 1-1 draw.

Barnsley were left to rue missed chances at Oakwell where they lost 1-0 to Southampton.

The Tykes dominated the first half and had a Jon Macken effort ruled out for offside before the visitors stole all three points with a David McGoldrick header 14 minutes from time.

Pablo Counago's second-half header denied Sheffield Wednesday their first win in six at Portman Road. Steve Watson headed Wednesday ahead just after the break but Counago met Gareth McAuley's cross after 66 minutes to level the scores.

Nigel Clough's first game in charge of Derby, a trip to Cardiff, was a victim of the weather, as were Blackpool v Birmingham, Doncaster v Bristol City and Plymouth v Crystal Palace.

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