Phillips goal sends Foxes 10 points clear at top

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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson dismissed the controversy surrounding Kevin Phillips’ goal as the Foxes beat Bournemouth 1-0 to move 10 points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Phillips headed home 10 minutes from the end but the home side were adamant the ball had not crossed the line.

Pearson said: “Kevin is a striker and is smiling, he knows he has scored. I have not had a clear look at the incident and the goal but the assistant seemed pretty sure it went over the line.”

Kevin Doyle and Modibo Maiga were on target for QPR in a 3-3 thriller against promotion rivals Burnley.

Doyle exchanged goals with Danny Ings before Richard Dunne fired Rangers ahead. Sam Vokes then scored twice to turn the game around until West Ham flop Maiga, who had moved to Loftus Road on loan barely 12 hours earlier, climbed off the bench to net a precious equaliser.

The scoreline was the same at St Andrew’s as debutant Federico Macheda’s snatched an injury-time equaliser for Birmingham against Derby.

The hosts took the lead through Brian Howard’s 48th-minute header.

Derby equalised through Patrick Bamford before Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth made it 3-1 for the Rams.

However, Chris Burke’s 78th-minute strike kept City in touch before Macheda, signed on loan from Manchester United on Friday, stabbed home an unlikely leveller.

Wigan grabbed a sensational 2-1 victory with two goals in the last two minutes from substitutes Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez to overcome Charlton who led after three minutes through Marvin Sordell.

Pavel Pogrebnyak, Alex Pearce and Danny Williams struck the goals as free-scoring Reading inflicted a first home defeat on Millwall boss Ian Holloway with a 3-0 win.

Ross McCormack scored a hat-trick as crisis club Leeds ignored the off-field upheaval to beat local rivals Huddersfield 5-1.

Ipswich beat Bolton 1-0, Blackburn were 2-0 winners over Blackpool and in yesterday’s games Watford beat Brighton 2-0 and Nottingham Forest were 3-1 winners against Yeovil.