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Warnock 'embarrassed' as Leeds hit for seven

LEEDS boss Neil Warnock was left "embarrassed" after his team slumped to a 7-3 home defeat against Nottingham Forest last night.

The former QPR boss took over at Elland Road last month, and was hoping to inspire a push towards the Championship play-offs.

But the prospect of a top-six finish took a knock as lowly Forest fired seven past the home side, with Garath McCleary scoring four times.

Warnock said: "I'm quite embarrassed about the result.

"I've probably learnt more than I have in the other games tonight, but, in fairness, some of them (the Leeds players) were just shattered."

Meanwhile, Southampton edged closer to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Hull. Jack Hobbs' own goal and a second-half Jos Hooiveld effort proved the difference at the KC Stadium.

And Darren Ferguson completed a century of wins as Peterborough manager with a 3-1 victory over second-placed Reading.

Reading had won nine of their previous 10 matches and hit the front through Irish striker Noel Hunt, but goals from George Boyd, Tyrone Barnett and Paul Taylor earned hosts Peterborough the spoils.

West Ham were held 1-1 at home by MiddlesbrougH,

and an own goal by David James put Watford on the way to a 2-0 win at Bristol City.

Birmingham suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at Portsmouth, while Brighton jumped from ninth to fourth with a 2-0 home win over Derby.

Millwall eased their relegation fears with a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Doncaster -- with Andy Keogh on target -- while another Irishman, Sean Scannell, scored a last-minute header to earn Crystal Palace a 1-0 win over Barnsley.