EPL Promotion Watch: Cardiff Cruise to Victory, Palace Continue Slide Down Table

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Glenn Murray of Nottingham Forest celebrates his first goal  during the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace at City Ground on December 29, 2012 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The busy holiday schedule continued in the Championship on Saturday with all 24 clubs in action.

After a tumultuous few days where both Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest sacked their managers, the attention of the league shifted back to the pitch for Saturday's matches.

Cardiff City extended their winning streak to three matches with a 1-0 victory over Millwall. 

Rudy Gestede scored in the eighth minute to put the league leaders ahead for good at the Cardiff City Stadium against the club that currently sits in eighth place. 

After jumping into the automatic promotion places last week, Hull City cemented their spot in second place with a 2-0 home win over Leeds United. 

Corry Evans and David Meyler scored three minutes apart in the second half to hand the Tigers their eighth victory at the KC Stadium this season. 

As for the club Hull replaced in the top two, Crystal Palace, they continued their winless ways with a 2-2 road draw at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest. 

The draw marked the fifth consecutive match in which Ian Holloway's club failed to win.

On the bright side for Palace, Glenn Murray scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season as the Eagles fell down to fourth place behind Middlesbrough.

Boro received goals from four different players in their 4-2 win over Blackpool at the Riverside Stadium.

The win extended the club's lead on Palace for third place to three points. 

The other two clubs in top six, Leicester City and Watford, went on the road and came back home with victories on Saturday.

Leicester City came back from Turf Moor with a 1-0 win over Burnley, while the Hornets won 3-1 at the Amex Stadium over Brighton and Hove Albion. 

Just like the clubs in the division above them, the EPL, all 24 clubs will be back in action on New Year's Day to complete the holiday fixture program. 

Here is how the Championship table looks after 25 matches.

The top two clubs in the table win automatic promotion to the EPL, while the clubs in third through sixth place will battle it out in a playoff for the third and final promotion spot..

Club Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 53 18
Hull City 48 10
Middlesbrough 47 12
Crystal Palace 44 14
Leicester City 41 16
Watford 40 12


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