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Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster set a new Scottish top-flight clean sheet record as Celtic continued their winning streak with a 2-0 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle.

The England goalkeeper broke Bobby Clark's previous record of 1,155 minutes without conceding a league goal before Leigh Griffiths scored his first Celtic goal to seal a 15th consecutive Scottish Premiership triumph.

Former Hibernian striker Griffiths celebrated emphatically after finishing off a 57th-minute counter-attack. Teemu Pukki doubled the lead with the last kick of the ball.

Forster had already broken former Aberdeen man Clark's record, which he set in the 1970-71 season, after keeping Hearts out 31 minutes into his 13th successive league shutout.

FOXES TOO CUTE FOR IPSWICH

Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and Chris Wood bagged a goal each to give Leicester a comfortable 3-0 win over Ipswich at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy struck in the 19th minute and Nugent tapped home for his 18th on the half-hour mark. Vardy anticipated a poor back pass and slid the ball home from a tight angle.

Ritchie De Laet found Nugent unmarked inside the six-yard box and a simple tap-in gave the striker his 50th goal for City and his 18th of the season.

Wood netted in the 88th minute as City reinforced their place at the top of the Championship.

SHOT-SHY BORO DRAW A BLANK

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka insists "the goals will arrive" after watching his shot-shy side extend their goal drought into record territory.

Boro enjoyed the best chances of a goalless Championship draw with Leeds at the Riverside Stadium but failed to beat in-form Jack Butland and their all-time, all-competition, barren run now extends to 10 and a quarter hours.

HOLLOWAY RUES LOSS TO TYKES

Millwall manager Ian Holloway was upset with his side's 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Barnsley and the result makes avoiding relegation much more difficult. Tykes midfielder Jim O'Brien scored the only goal of the game at Oakwell, slotting home after collecting Martin Cranie's long ball and rounding Lions goalkeeper David Forde.

"We've got to stick together as a team. We've got 14 games left, things have got a lot harder after today but they were going to be hard anyway," said Holloway.

"We stayed up by one point last year, does anybody see it any differently? It might have been different if we'd got the right result today.

"And, after four minutes, one long ball from a centre-half goes straight over our heads and they score. It couldn't get any harder, could it? I'm upset with the result, but we've had a season full of those things going the opposite way."

MARTIN KEEPS DERBY IN TOUCH

Derby County needed a moment of brilliance from top scorer Chris Martin to overcome Bournemouth 1-0 at the iPro Stadium and keep them in contention for automatic promotion.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie hit a post and Derby made them pay when Martin grabbed his 18th goal of the season. He curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to clinch another three points for Derby, who remain two points behind second-placed Burnley.

BALE'S ROCKET SENDS REAL TOP

Gareth Bale scored with a blistering long-range strike to help Real Madrid beat Elche 3-0 yesterday, to provisionally top the table.

With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, midfielder Asier Illarramendi opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu, in the 34th minute. Bale then blasted in from 25 yards in the 72nd before substitute Isco Alarcon sealed the victory in the 81st minute.

BARCA SLUMP TO SHOCK LOSS

Needing victory to move level with Real, Barcelona slumped to a deserved 3-1 loss against Real Sociedad. They trailed when Alex Song headed into his own goal shortly after the half hour.

The visitors, who rested a host key players following their Champions League victory over Manchester City on Tuesday, levelled within four minutes as Lionel Messi fired a precise 15-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Antoine Griezmann slid Sociedad ahead again after the break and it was he who turned provider for David Zurutuza to seal the win.

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