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21 Mar 2012 23:17:01

Blackpool and Cardiff held at home

Promotion hopefuls Blackpool and Cardiff were both held to home draws in the npower Championship on Wednesday night.

Kevin Phillips and Jermaine Beckford each scored twice as Blackpool and Leicester played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Bloomfield Road.

The result left Blackpool fifth in the table, but just one point ahead of eighth-placed Cardiff, who were held 2-2 by struggling Coventry,

After a dour opening half hour in Lancashire, the evergreen Phillips nodded the Seasiders ahead from a corner, only for Beckford and David Nugent to respond with goals either side of half-time to put Leicester ahead.

Substitute Roman Bednar made it 2-2 with 21 minutes remaining, before another replacement, Leicester's Ben Marshall, crossed for Beckford to head his second. There was to be another twist in the tale, however, as Phillips popped up in stoppage-time with a close-range equaliser to boost his side's play-off hopes.

In Wales Oliver Norwood netted in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to rescue a point for the visitors, who twice came from behind.

Cardiff took the lead just after the quarter-hour, with Sky Blues forward Cody McDonald putting through his own net.

Gary McSheffrey missed a 51st-minute penalty and hit a post for Coventry before they equalised, Jordan Clarke on target with 20 minutes remaining.

Peter Whittingham looked to have won it for Cardiff late in the game only for Norwood to strike at the death.

In the day's other game, Michael Chopra's 14th goal of the season earned Ipswich a 1-0 win over Burnley. Town had Grant Leadbitter sent off late on for a second bookable offence.


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