Saints strike late to stay top

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Southampton remained top of the npower Championship after snatching a 1-1 draw at Burnley with a late equaliser.

After a lively first half at Turf Moor, the Clarets pressed for the opener after the break which came through Charlie Austin. The former Swindon striker got to a knockdown in the box ahead of Jose Fonte to fire Burnley into the lead in the 53rd minute.

Southampton unleashed a barrage of attacks in a bid to get back into the game and eked out a leveller with 10 minutes remaining through Morgan Schneiderlin.

Nigel Adkins' side lead the table ahead of Middlesbrough, who had to settle for a 0-0 home draw with Ipswich.

Derby closed the gap on the top two with a thumping 3-0 victory against Millwall at the Pride Park. Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick netted for the Rams in the first half, before Steve Davies wrapped up victory in the 65th minute.

Mark Noble's 11th-minute penalty helped West Ham to a 1-0 win against Peterborough, which moved Sam Allardyce's side up to fourth place.

Erik Huseklepp's second-half stoppage-time goal gave Portsmouth a 1-0 win against Blackpool, while John Oster's 65th-minute strike gave Doncaster a win by the same scoreline against Crystal Palace in Dean Saunders' first match as Rovers manager.

Birmingham looked as if they would fall to a home defeat to Barnsley after Jacob Butterfield scored in the 33rd minute, but Chris Burke secured a 1-1 draw with four minutes remaining.

Bristol City were in the same position after Robert Koren netted for Hull but they equalised at Ashton Gate through Brett Pitman late on.

Coventry and Reading also ended 1-1 after goals in the opening 10 minutes. Gary McSheffrey gave the home side a second-minute lead, although Simon Church levelled eight minutes later.

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Chris Burke
Doncaster Rovers
Ipswich Town
John Oster
Jacob Butterfield
Bristol City
Charlie Austin
Jose Fonte
Dean Saunders
Swindon Town
Gary McSheffrey
Derby County
Robert Koren
Gary McSheffrey
Mark Noble
Steve Davies
Crystal Palace
Simon Church
Craig Bryson
Hull City
Coventry City
Morgan Schneiderlin
Brett Pitman

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