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Championship roundup: Paul Ince leads Reading to victory over Birmingham | Championship

the Reading interim manager Paul Ince marked his return to management with a 2-1 home win against Birmingham.

The 54-year-old former Manchester United and England midfielder – whose son Tom is on loan at Reading from Stoke – was handed the reins on Saturday evening just hours after Veljko Paunovic’s departure following a 3-2 win at Preston.

Lucas João broke the deadlock in the 67th minute, with John Swift converting a second from the penalty spot with 15 minutes left. A late own goal from defender Tom McIntyre set up a tense finale, but Reading held out to move eight points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

“I never really envisaged to be back in the dugout but it feels better to have a win,” Ince said. “It’s been a few years away and a few years since I managed. But I’ve got football in my blood and I’ve always wanted to show that.

“But I’m 54, it’s not like I’m 84. It’s not as if you forget how to ride a bike – I know how to manage, I’ve done it before. My CV is as good as anyone’s. We haven’t won here in four months, which is madness when you look at the quality we have in the team.”

There were victories for the top three teams, Rotherham, Wigan and MK Dons, in League One.

Leaders Rotherham moved ahead early against Morecambe, with Freddie Ladapo (pictured) netting in the fourth and 30th minutes to earn a 2-0 victory.

Wigan trailed fellow promotion chasers Wycombe for much of the contest at Adams Park but finished with a flourish for a 3-1 victory.

MK Dons remain three points behind Wigan after beating Charlton 2-0 thanks to goals from Tennai Watson and Kaine Kessler Hayden either side of half-time.

Fourth-placed Oxford defeated Crewe 1-0 with Ciaron Brown scoring the only goal in the 65th minute, but Plymouth, in fifth, fell to a 2-0 loss against Cambridge.

An injury-time equaliser from Ross Stewart earned faltering Sunderland a 1-1 draw against Burton, who had taken the lead through Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in the 53rd minute. The result was secondary, though, to the health of a supporter who collapsed early in the game, with play suspended for a lengthy period.

Doncaster climbed up to 22nd place as second-half goals from Josh Martin and Joseph Olowu earned them a 2-0 victory over Accrington.

Portsmouth recovered from a goal down to defeat 10-man Shrewsbury 2-1. Luke Leahy opened the scoring but Denver Hume equalised before Josh Vela saw red for the hosts in the 31st minute for violent conduct.
It took Pompey until six minutes from time to find a winner through Louis Thompson.

Bolton are only five points off the top six after making it back-to-back wins with a 3-1 success against Lincoln, while the games between Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon and Ipswich and Cheltenham ended goalless. PA Media

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League One roundup: leaders Rotherham, Wigan and MK Dons all win

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There were victories for the top three teams, Rotherham, Wigan and MK Dons, in League One.

Leaders Rotherham moved ahead early against Morecambe, with Freddie Ladapo (pictured) netting in the fourth and 30th minutes to earn a 2-0 victory.

Wigan trailed fellow promotion chasers Wycombe for much of the contest at Adams Park but finished with a flourish for a 3-1 victory.

MK Dons remain three points behind Wigan after beating Charlton 2-0 thanks to goals from Tennai Watson and Kaine Kessler Hayden either side of half-time.

Fourth-placed Oxford defeated Crewe 1-0 with Ciaron Brown scoring the only goal in the 65th minute, but Plymouth, in fifth, fell to a 2-0 loss against Cambridge.

An injury-time equalizer from Ross Stewart earned faltering Sunderland a 1-1 draw against Burton, who had taken the lead through Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in the 53rd minute. The result was secondary, though, to the health of a supporter who collapsed early in the game, with play suspended for a lengthy period.

Doncaster climbed up to 22nd place as second-half goals from Josh Martin and Joseph Olowu earned them a 2-0 victory over Accrington.

Portsmouth recovered from a goal down to defeat 10-man Shrewsbury 2-1. Luke Leahy opened the scoring but Denver Hume equalized before Josh Vela saw red for the hosts in the 31st minute for violent conduct.
It took Pompey until six minutes from time to find a winner through Louis Thompson.

Bolton are only five points off the top six after making it back-to-back wins with a 3-1 success against Lincoln, while the games between Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon and Ipswich and Cheltenham ended goalless. PA Media

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Bournemouth’s visit to Swansea was postponed because of storm damage at the Liberty Stadium, but Middlesbrough improved their promotion hopes by coming from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 Jayson Molumby’s deflected shot broke the deadlock after 27 minutes, giving West Brom their first goal since 22 January.

Paddy McNair hauled Middlesbrough level on the hour with a close-range finish before Marcus Tavernier completed the turnaround in the 69th minute when he knocked in a low cross at the back post. Middlesbrough sit sixth, two points ahead of Sheffield United and one behind Huddersfield .

Bottom club barnsley finally got their first away win of the season after beating hull 2-0 The midfielder Callum Styles gave the visitors the lead in the 24th minute and Carlton Morris added a second in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Barnsley move to within a point of Peterborough and Derby after a second victory in three Championship games.

Leyton Orient have parted company with manager Kenny Jackett after just nine months following a 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers, the Sky Bet League Two club have announced.

Goals from Antony Evans and Aaron Collins meant Orient had collected only two points from their last 10 games to slide into a relegation battle, and only managed one goal in their last nine league matches.

“The club can confirm that it has parted company with manager Kenny Jackett with immediate effect,” read a statement. “Assistant manager Joe Gallen, who joined the club with Kenny Jackett in the summer, will also depart his role.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Kenny and Joe, and wish them all the best for the future. Further details regarding who will take temporary control of first-team affairs will be communicated in due course.” PA Media

League Two results

Bradford City 1-3 Harrogate
Colchester 1-2 Hartlepool
Leyton Orient 0-2 Bristol Rovers
Rochdale 1-1 Port Vale
Scunthorpe 0-0 Northampton
Swindon 5-0 Walsall

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League Two: Leyton Orient sack Kenny Jackett after Bristol Rovers defeat

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Leyton Orient have parted company with manager Kenny Jackett after just nine months following a 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers, the Sky Bet League Two club have announced.

Goals from Antony Evans and Aaron Collins meant Orient had collected only two points from their last 10 games to slide into a relegation battle, and only managed one goal in their last nine league matches.

“The club can confirm that it has parted company with manager Kenny Jackett with immediate effect,” read a statement. “Assistant manager Joe Gallen, who joined the club with Kenny Jackett in the summer, will also depart his role.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Kenny and Joe, and wish them all the best for the future. Further details regarding who will take temporary control of first-team affairs will be communicated in due course.” PA Media

League Two results

Bradford City 1-3 Harrogate
Colchester 1-2 Hartlepool
Leyton Orient 0-2 Bristol Rovers
Rochdale 1-1 Port Vale
Scunthorpe 0-0 Northampton
Swindon 5-0 Walsall

Photographer: Gavin Ellis/Rex Features

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Viktor Gyokeres struck with a minute left to give coventry a 2-1 win at Bristol City, edging them to within two points of the top six. Ian Maatsen put Coventry ahead in the 25th minute at Ashton Gate. The Bristol City frontman Antoine Semenyo crashed a header against the crossbar early in the second half, before Chris Martin nodded in an equalizer from a well-worked free-kick just after the hour. Gyokeres, though, secured all three points with a breakaway goal at the end.

Elsewhere, it finished goalless between preston other Nottingham Forest at Deepdale.

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