EPL Promotion Watch: Forest Storms into Top 6, Cardiff Continues Run at Top

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 05:  Andy Reid of Nottingham Forest  passes the ball during the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on March 5, 2013 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The Championship table once again saw plenty of fluctuation this weekend as Nottingham Forest climbed into the top six and the battle for second place heated up. 

To secure their spot in the top six, Forest took down second-place Hull City on the road by a 2-1 score. Darius Henderson and Lewis McGugan scored a goal each in the second half to power Billy Davies' club to victory. 

Despite losing, Hull City kept their spot in the table because of losses by the clubs in third and fourth place.

Third-place Watford fell to relegation fighters Barnsley at the Oakwell Stadium, 1-0. Bobby Hassell scored in the 35th minute to catapult the hosts out of the relegation zone.

Crystal Palace fell to Brighton and Hove Albion in a top-six showdown on Sunday at the Amex Stadium, 3-0.

The Seagulls scored three goals in the span of seven minutes to clinch the victory, but it was not enough to boost them back into the top six. 

After suffering their ninth loss of the season, Palace held their position in fourth as they sit five points ahead of fifth-place Nottingham Forest in the table. 

Leicester City are mired in a bit of poor form at the moment but they still possess a spot in the top six, but just barely.

After losing 2-1 to Derby County at Pride Park, the Foxes held on to their spot in the promotion playoffs on goal differential over Brighton and Hove Albion. 

A full slate of matches will take place next week on Friday and Saturday with Brighton visiting Nottingham Forest being the marquee match to watch.

Here is how the Championship table looks after this weekend's matches. The top two clubs in the table will earn automatic promotion to the EPL while the clubs in third through sixth place will take part in a four-club playoff to determine the third and final club to be promoted to the EPL. 

Club Matches Played Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 37 75 22
Hull City 38 68 10
Watford 38 66 24
Crystal Palace 38 65 18
Nottingham Forest 38 60 8
Leicester City 38 59 25


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