Championship round-up: Southampton stay top after holding off Coventry

• Coventry City 2-4 Southampton
• Peterborough 3-2 Derby; Portsmouth 3-0 Nottm Forest

Coventry City 2-4 Southampton

Southampton survived a Coventry fightback to continue their table-topping form. The home side drew level in the second half, but Saints' attacking quality made up for some shaky defending from the likes of Jos Hooiveld. Manager Nigel Adkins said his side showed "real character": "Our strategy this season was to make sure we were still in the race come January. We're now leading that race." Coventry's manager Andy Thorn said he was "proud" with the near-comeback, "but it was just too big a mountain to climb".

Peterborough 3-2 Derby County

Peterborough's manager Darren Ferguson praised Grant McCann for his blistering last-gasp winner – "a stunning goal from a player who had a fantastic game". It capped a brilliant second-half comeback. Derby's manager Nigel Clough was sanguine. "You're never going to be elated after throwing away a 2-0 lead and conceding a winner in stoppage time. But I am not going to use our injury situation as an excuse. The team we had out there was good enough to get into a 2-0 lead so they should have been good enough to hold on to it."

Portsmouth 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Among the chants aimed at Forest by the home fans on Steve Cotterill's first return to his old club: "you should have stuck with Steve McClaren". Cotterill, who had a stand-up row with one fan, shrugged it off. "I have no problem with it. There was this one bloke like one of those Action Men, going on and on, but I'm not going to lose sleep." Portsmouth secured the points with a double from Erik Huseklepp either side of Dave Kitson's header. Caretaker manager Guy Whittingham said: "Steve got a bit of banter. He'll be hurting – but that's football."

And the rest

Ian Holloway marked his 100th league game in charge of Blackpool with a 1-0 win against Millwall, then thanked friend Micky Mellon for helping him keep the faith. "Micky had a right go at me after we lost to Burnley, he ripped my head off. I'd like to thank him for that – it did me the world of good."

Derek McInnes was relieved after seeing Bristol City overcome their Ashton Gate jinx with a 3-1 win over Burnley. "It's a monkey off our backs. Hopefully the players will feel more comfortable for our next home game."

And Tony Mowbray admitted Middlesbrough were fortunate to beat Watford 1-0 via a well-offside Scott McDonald goal. "It was harsh on Watford – they will probably feel they deserved something from the game. But that's life, especially in this division."

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