FOOTBALL: Sharp scores in Forest win

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Blackpool substitute Nouha Dicko scored a last-minute equaliser at Crystal Palace to deny Ian Holloway a victory against his former club in the npower Championship.

Palace went 1-0 down in the first half when Nathan Delfouneso converted Tom Ince’s cross, but Holloway, who managed the Seasiders for three and a half years, rallied his troops at the break.

Owen Garvan equalised with a header and Glenn Murray’s 18th of season put the hosts ahead, but Dicko had the final say, making it 2-2 in the last minute by turning home a Wes Thomas cross.

The result left Palace three points adrift of leaders Cardiff, who beat Blackburn 4-1 on Friday.

Leicester dropped to fifth in the table after needing a last-minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy to earn a 2-2 draw at home to strugglers Barnsley (See pages 22/223).

Middlesbrough took advantage of Leicester’s slip-up as they moved up to third with a nervy 3-2 win at Peterborough.

Faris Haroun gave Boro a two-goal cushion, before Dwight Gayle put Peterborough back in the game just before half-time.

Gayle then gave the bottom side a surprise lead, but Ishmael Miller came to the rescue by grabbing the visitors’ winner 14 minutes from time.

Republic of Ireland internationals Robbie Brady and David Meyler both scored their first goals for Hull as the Tigers defeated in-form Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road, where Troy Deeney grabbed a last-minute consolation for the hosts.

Kazenga Lua Lua stepped off the bench and earned fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton a valuable point in a four-goal thriller at Charlton.

Bradley Pritchard put the Addicks 2-1 up after Craig Mackail-Smith equalised Lawrie Wilson’s opener, but Lua Lua struck 15 minutes from time to make it 2-2.

Nottingham Forest leapfrogged Derby in to ninth with a 2-0 home win over Burnley thanks to goals from Dexter Blackstock and Billy Sharp.

James Vaughan struck four minutes from time to deny Bolton victory at Huddersfield.

Zat Knight put the Terriers ahead with an own goal, but Bolton hit back through Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles.

Eagles then missed a penalty and Vaughan made him pay by finishing Alan Lee’s cross to make it 2-2.

DJ Campbell scored twice and Daryl Murphy was also on target as Mick McCarthy’ Ipswich won 3-0 against Millwall at Portman Road, while Derby beat Leeds 3-1 in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The Rams withstood a late barrage before substitute Ben Davies finished superbly on the break in the fourth minute of time added on.