Sharp saves the day for Nottingham Forest

29 December 2012 09:17

Billy Sharp's injury-time strike ensured Alex McLeish's first game in charge of Nottingham Forest did not end in defeat as they salvaged a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at the City Ground.

McLeish, installed as Sean O'Driscoll's successor on Thursday, saw his side go behind twice to strikes from Glenn Murray, but goals from Andy Reid and Sharp earned them a point.

Meanwhile, managerless Blackburn picked up a morale-boosting success as they won 3-1 at Barnsley. Rovers parted company with Henning Berg in midweek but goals from Joshua King, Ruben Rochina and Jordan Rhodes sealed the victory, although Stephen Dawson pulled one back for the hosts.

There were no goals in the Yorkshire derby between Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday but there was plenty of controversy after referee Mick Russell failed to send off Jeremy Helan after appearing to book the winger twice.

However, Press Association Sport understands Russell had intended to book Helan's team-mate Michail Antonio for the initial offence of diving.

Elsewhere, Cardiff remain five points clear at the top of the table as they beat Millwall 1-0 thanks to Rudy Gestede's early goal, while Hull kept the pressure on the Bluebirds as they beat Leeds 2-0 with second-half goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler.

Bristol City claimed a crucial win at the bottom of the table as they saw off fellow strugglers Peterborough 4-2 at Ashton Gate.

Middlesbrough remain third after a 4-2 win over Blackpool. Ishmael Miller, Richard Smallwood, Scott McDonald and Adam Reach found the net for Tony Mowbray's side, with Wes Thomas and Chris Basham getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Bolton came from behind to beat Birmingham 3-1 at the Reebok Stadium. Nikola Zigic put the Blues ahead but Marcos Alonso, Chung Yong-lee and Keith Andrews hit back for the Trotters, before Zigic was sent off late on.

Charlton and Derby played out a 1-1 draw at The Valley, with goals from Danny Haynes and Jamie Ward, while David Nugent got the only goal as Leicester won 1-0 at Burnley and Ipswich won 2-0 at Wolves thanks to goals from Richard Cresswell and DJ Campbell. The late kick-off saw Watford retain their place in the play-off spots with a 3-1 victory at Brighton.

Source: PA