18.01.2014 18:57 h

Football: Leicester extend lead, Reading hit seven

Alexander Merkel (h.) im Zweikampf mit Readings Adam Le Fondre
Alexander Merkel (h.) im Zweikampf mit Readings Adam Le Fondre

Leicester moved five points clear at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 win over Leeds, while promotion rivals Reading thrashed Bolton 7-1 on Saturday.

Nigel Pearson's side are firmly on course for automatic promotion to the Premier League after a dramatic late victory at Elland Road.

Former England striker David Nugent landed the decisive blow, surging through after a dummy from new signing Kevin Phillips to scramble in an 88th-minute winner as Leicester racked up a sixth straight league victory.

At the Madejski Stadium, Adam Le Fondre scored a first-half hat-trick as rampant Reading thrashed Bolton to move into the play-off spots.

Le Fondre set his sixth placed side on their way to victory with three goals in the opening 33 minutes.

Pavel Pogrebnyak then added a fourth from the penalty spot just before the break as Reading all but had the points sewn up by the interval.

The home side then piled on the agony after the break with further goals from Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman before Bolton pulled a late goal back through David Ngog.

A Charlie Austin double took QPR up to second place in the second tier with a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield at Loftus Road.

Austin opened the scoring by finishing emphatically on 55 minutes after Clint Hill's lofted ball forward had been flicked on by Niko Kranjcar and then Andy Johnson.

The Terriers looked set to secure a point when recent signing Nahki Wells levelled midway through the second half, heading home a cross from Adam Hammill.

But Austin's header with 12 minutes remaining from Benoit Assou-Ekotto's right-wing corner proved decisive.

Burnley had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.

Striker Sam Vokes put Sean Dyche's third placed side ahead just before half-time with a calm finish.

But that lead lasted less than two minutes before Chris Maguire, who slammed home from close range to ensure the hosts dropped out of the automatic promotion places.

On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford earned fourth placed Derby a 1-0 victory over Brighton at the iPro Stadium.

Fifth placed Nottingham Forest made it 10 matches unbeaten and sent a warning to their promotion rivals, as Blackburn were swept aside 4-1 at the City Ground.

Henri Lansbury netted twice from the spot in the first half and, while Ben Marshall pulled a goal back before the break with a curling shot, Jamie Paterson killed off the visitors with a superb solo effort.

Andy Reid rounded off the rout deep into stoppage-time, as he produced another spectacular trademark strike from the edge of the box.

Ian Holloway secured his first win as Millwall manager with a 1-0 victory over Ipswich at The Den.

Holloway, whose side lost 1-0 at Huddersfield in his first match in charge last weekend, sealed the points when on-loan Tottenham right-back Ryan Fredericks curled in a cross-shot that deceived goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

Elsewhere, Middlesbrough beat Charlton 1-0, Doncaster crushed Wigan 3-0 and Yeovil won 2-0 at Birmingham.

Barnsley beat Blackpool 2-0 and Bournemouth drew 1-1 with 10-man Watford.