2 Feb 2014

Wood's Foxes go 10 points clear in English Championship

4:12 pm on 2 February 2014

The All Whites striker Chris Wood's football club Leicester City continues its push for promotion up to the Premier League, the Foxes going 10 points clear at the top of the Championship, the English second division with a 1-0 at AFC Bournemouth.

Leicester's 40-year-old striker Kevin Phillips scored a controversial late goal with a header, the home side convinced the whole of the ball did not cross the goal-line.

The referee ruled it good though and the Foxes' ninth straight victory and fifth consecutive away triumph extends the club's records with both marks.

Meanwhile promotion rivals Queen's Park Rangers and Burnley drew 3-3 in London, QPR now 10 points back of Leicester and Burnley 13 - though both have a game in hand on the Foxes, who have 17 fixtures left to play.

Fourth-placed Derby County also drew 3-3 at Birmingham City, while Ipswich Town, the team of another New Zealander, recent All Whites captain Tommy Smith, are just outside the playoff places after a 1-0 home win over struggling Bolton Wanderers.

Blackburn Rovers are just a point behind Ipswich in eighth following a 2-0 home defeat of Blackpool

Leeds United, who are poised to get new owners, have denied media reports that Brian McDermott has been sacked as manager as the club posted an impressive 5-1 home league win over Huddersfield Town.