EPL Promotion Watch: Hull City Takes Spot in Top 2 Behind Cardiff

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Sone Aluko of Hull celebrates scoring his team's second goal of the game with Stephen Quinn of Hull during the npower Championship match between Birmingham City and Hull City at St. Andrews on November 17, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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For the first time in over a month, the top two clubs in the Championship table changed positions.

Hull City took over second place in the table from Crystal Palace after their 2-1 win over Derby County on Friday night. 

Abdoulaye Faye scored in the 50th minute to secure the win for the Tigers, who now lead Palace by one point in the race for the second automatic promotion spot. 

Crystal Palace lost their spot in the top two after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park by visitors, Huddersfield Town.

Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles the lead in the 39th minute, but Zaha's goal would not be enough to give the club their 13th win of the season.

Ian Holloway's men were equalized by their opponents in the 75th minute when Keith Southern put the ball past Palace keeper Julian Speroni. 

The club at the top of table, Cardiff City, went on the road Saturday and defeated fifth-place Leicester City, 1-0.

Craig Bellamy provided the Bluebirds with the only goal of the match at the King Power Stadium in the 25th minute. 

As for the other two clubs in the top six, Middlesbrough kept their fourth-place position despite losing at Elland Road to Leeds United, 2-1. 

Watford climbed back over Millwall in the fight for sixth place with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest. 

Matej Vydra scored two first half goals to give the Hornets their sixth home win at Vicarage Road this season.

Twenty-two of the 24 clubs in the Championship will be back in action on Boxing Day with Millwall and Brighton being the two clubs absent from the holiday schedule.

Here is how the table looks after 23 matches played for all clubs.

The top two clubs clinch automatic promotion to the English Premier League, while the clubs in third through sixth enter a four-club playoff for the third and final promotion spot.

Club Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 47 16
Hull City 44 8
Crystal Palace 43 15
Middlesbrough 41 9
Leicester City 37 15
Watford 37 10


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