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Leicester rely on a last-gasp leveller

LEICESTER had to rely on a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to save them from a shock home defeat to Championship strugglers Yeovil.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is hoping he will be credited with the equaliser.

Deep into second-half injury time and with City trailing to Joe Ralls' 22nd minute goal, Schmeichel joined the attack and saw a header come down off the bar before Chris Wood followed up to finish.

The goal was given to Wood, but 27-year-old Dane Schmeichel is certain it belongs to him.

"I hope they give it to me, because the evidence is conclusive that it is over the line," Schmeichel said.

Second-placed Burnley nonetheless profited on Leicester's slip-up as they beat Doncaster 2-0.

QPR moved up to third as they ended Wigan's stunning run thanks to Yossi Benayoun's 16th-minute goal. Benayoun saw red late on, but Harry Redknapp's men held on against a Latics side that had won nine of their past 10. QPR's hopes of automatic promotion appear remote, however, as they remained 10 points adrift of Burnley.

PLAY-OFF

Derby were unable to hold on after Patrick Bamford gave them a first-minute lead to lose 2-1 at Ipswich. A Jonathan Williams screamer levelled the match on 68 minutes before defender Christophe Berra won it in injury time.

Victory moved Mick McCarthy's side two points from the play-off places.

In addition to Derby and Wigan's defeats, sixth-placed Reading suffered a forgettable 3-1 home reverse to Barnsley.

The Tykes began the night rock-bottom, but were gifted a 16th-minute lead when Chris O'Grady easily intercepted a poor back pass and laid off the ball for Stephen Dawson to score.

Pavel Pogrebnyak levelled from the penalty spot moments later, but that was as good as it got for the Royals. Reuben Noble-Lazarus sent Barnsley back ahead on 53 minutes before Dale Jennings smashed in a third.

Millwall replaced them in last place after they lost 3-2 to Birmingham at the Den.

Charlton opened a three-point gap over the relegation zone as they beat managerless Nottingham Forest 1-0.

Another crisis club, Leeds, were pummelled 4-1 at Bournemouth.

Striker Rudy Gestede scored an injury-time equaliser as Blackburn snatched a 3-3 draw at Watford.


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