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Championship roundup: Ipswich stay top, Leicester suffer another setback

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Ipswich were left top of the Championship table on Friday after Leeds missed the chance to regain first place as they drew 2-2 at Watford.

Conor Chaplin scored the only goal in the ninth minute as Ipswich won 1-0 away to Blackburn at Ewood Park, the midfielder starting and finishing a move that ended with him beating Aynsley Pears at the Blackburn goalkeeper's near post after exchanging passes with Leif Davis.

Victory took Ipswich two points clear of Leeds, who could have recaptured top spot in the late kick-off.

Instead Leeds had to twice come from behind at Vicarage Road to secure a draw that left them one point behind Ipswich and one ahead of third-placed Leicester.

Vakoun Bayo opened the scoring for Watford in the 31st minute before Leeds hit back six minutes later thanks to a superb finish from Crysencio Summerville.

Watford regained the lead before half-time with another fine goal from Emmanuel Dennis.

Leeds pressure was rewarded five minutes from time when Mateo Joseph's goal ensured a share of the spoils.

Earlier, Leicester's hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League suffered a fresh setback with a 1-0 loss away to Bristol City.

City's Anis Mehmeti struck 17 minutes from time at Ashton Gate with a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Leicester have led the league for much of the season, but they have won just one of their last six Championship games to fall behind Leeds.

Jamie Vardy came closest to scoring for the Foxes but the former England striker, one of the stars of Leicester's Premier League title triumph eight years ago, was twice denied by excellent saves from Max O'Leary.

Only the top two clubs at the end of the season are guaranteed promotion to the lucrative Premier League. The other spot in the top division is decided by a series of playoff games involving the teams finishing third to sixth.

Fourth-placed Southampton missed the chance to close the gap on the Foxes after a 90th-minute equaliser from Middlesbrough's Emmanuel Latte Lath cancelled out Adam Armstrong's early opener in a 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere, sixth-placed Norwich came from behind to beat lowly Plymouth 2-1.

Plymouth led through Morgan Whittaker but Josh Sargent equalised before an own goal from Ashley Phillips in the 74th minute proved decisive.

Jimmy Dunne's injury-time volley gave QPR a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Birmingham.

Birmingham were left just outside the bottom three after Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 with Swansea.

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