EPL Promotion Watch: Cardiff Move Back into First Place in Championship

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Heidar Helguson of Cardiff City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the npower Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City at The Valley on November 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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This weekend in the Championship, there was plenty of movement in the top six in the table.

Cardiff City took back first place from Crystal Palace after they defeated Barnsley, 2-1, and Palace fell on the road to Leeds United by the same score. 

The new leaders of the English second flight won with goals from Ben Nugent and Aron Gunnarsson on their travels to the Oakwell Stadium on Saturday.

It was only the third road win in nine matches for the Bluebirds as they ascended into first place.

Palace lost their first match under new manager Ian Holloway at Elland Road on Saturday after winning their first three matches under their new boss. 

The difference between the top two in the table is just one point as Cardiff have 37 while Crystal Palace have 36. 

There was plenty of movement in the playoff places as well after Saturday's matches.

Leicester City moved up to third place with a 2-1 away win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Daniel Drinkwater and Ben Marshall netted goals for the Foxes as they improved their point total to 33 with just their third road win of the season. 

Fourth place now belongs to Middlesbrough, who were losers on Saturday at home, 3-1, to Bristol City. 

The loss was a shocker for Boro, who lost just their second match at home this season to a Bristol City club that were in the relegation zone going into the match at the Riverside Stadium. 

Boro only sit one point behind Leicester City in the table, but they are also just one point ahead of fifth-place Hull City, who were also losers at home this weekend.

The Tigers lost 1-0 to Burnley as they failed to take advantage of the misfortune of the clubs above them in the table. 

The final spot in the top six belongs to a surprise club this week as Millwall have skyrocketed into sixth place on the heels of an 11-match unbeaten streak. 

The latest success for the Lions came on the road at Blackburn as they won 2-0 with goals from Chris Wood and James Henry in the second half. 

The next set of matches for the 24 clubs in the Championship will take place Tuesday and Wednesday,  with Hull City versus Crystal Palace being the main attraction on the fixture list.