Championship: Leicester v Middlesbrough as it happened

Live text commentary as promotion rivals Leicester and Middlesbrough meet in the Championship.

18 January 2013 Last updated at 22:15 GMT

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  1. 2214: 

    Thank you for joining me (and bearing with me) on my live text debut.

    Don't forget to return tomorrow - while many of tomorrow's lower league games have already been postponed, the Premier League and Championship fixtures have not been touched yet.

    Tom Rostance will be running the live text ship tomorrow, starting off with the East Midlands derby between Derby and Nottingham Forest at 13:00 GMT.

  2. 2211: 

    Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray: "I'm unbelievably disappointed - I thought we did enough not to lose the game. We created more than enough chances to get something from the game against a good Leicester side who have been scoring freely.

    "But we didn't stick the ball in the back of the net and goals change games."

  3. 2211: 

    Martin McCleary on Twitter: "Hope everyone gets back safely to Teesside after the match. It's wild up here so be careful."

  4. 2206: 

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "It feels great to be second in the league. The players applied themselves well tonight.

    "In the second half we pushed the full-backs forward more and took more chances going forward.

    "I think we had the better chances and it was a good game."

  5. 2205: 

    Peter Greenley on Twitter: "under pressure, out of form, bound to miss, why let him take it?"

    Elliott Hrynacz on Twitter: "Please stop putting names in bold..thanks"

    Sorry about that Elliott Hrynacz.

  6. 2204: 

    Nick Wood on Twitter: "Wes Morgan complete centre-half. Nuge and Wood, complete strike pairing. Nugent Motm."

    I thought Nugent and Wood linked up very well throughout the game and it would be hard to deny Nugent man of the match, his work-rate was impressive.

  7. 2201: 

    Penalty-saving keeper Kasper Schmeichel is another one of Leicester's heroes who it feels has been around for a long time - but the Dane is only 26.

    After a fairly nomadic spell as a youngster at Manchester City, Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff, Coventry, Notts County and Leeds he seems to have finally found a club to settle at - and he could be back in the Premier League next season if the Foxes keep up their form.

    That's their fifth win in a row in league and cup.

  8. 2158: 

    Leicester matchwinner David Nugent: "It's a massive result for us. Middlesbrough made a game of it but we wouldn't have won it if it wasn't for Kasper [Schmeichel] who does that every day in training."

    Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel: "You've just got to go with your gut instinct - and that's what I did."

  9. 2158: 

    Next up for Leicester is a tricky FA Cup trip to Championship rivals Huddersfield next Saturday, while Middlesbrough host Aldershot on the same day. Both sides return to league action the following week.

    Hull could overtake Leicester again to go back into the top two tomorrow if they beat Peterborough.

  10. 2155: 

    All the pre-match talk was of young hot-shot Chris Wood but he was the provider rather than the goalscorer as Dave Nugent showed his pedigree with a wonderful strike.

    It's hard to believe that Nugent is only 27. It feels like he has been around forever.

  11. 2153: 
    FULL-TIME- Leicester 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Leicester City hold on to move into the automatic promotion places. They probably deserved their victory, which came thanks to David Nugent's brilliant first-time volley, but Middlesbrough really should have rescued a point with Marvin Emnes seeing his injury-time penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

  12. 2151: 

    We're halfway through four minutes of stoppage time now and looks like Leicester are going to win this one.

  13. 2150: 

    Marvin Emnes has a chance to level for Middlesbrough but Kasper Schmeichel dives to his left to palm the penalty away. It was a good save from Schmeichel but not one of the great penalties, it's got to be said.

  14. 2149: 
    PENALTY- Penalty to Middlesbrough

    Terrible play by Jamie Vardy, the former non-league striker. He brings down Rhys Williams in the corner of the box.

  15. 2148: 

    Both teams have chances to score, Lukas Jutkiewicz forces a decent save from Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

    And at the other end, Jamie Vardy almost seals the game but his shot goes wide.

  16. 2146: 

    Nugent's goal looks like being the decider here at the King Power Stadium. It really was great technique with a first-time volley, his 13th goal of the season.

    Leicester v Middlesbrough
  17. 2144: 

    The connotations of this result, if Leicester do hold on to win, is that the Foxes will go into the Championship automatic promotion places until 16:45 GMT tomorrow at least. Middlesbrough will remain fifth in the table.

  18. 2143: 

    A deserved round of applause for Dave Nugent as he is brought off for Jamie Vardy.

    Vardy, Leicester's £1m summer signing from Fleetwood, has struggled to really get going this season, netting five goals in 21 games.

  19. 2141: 

    Very good challenge by Wes Morgan to help keep Leicester 1-0 ahead. Lukas Jutkiewicz has a chance to pull the trigger but the former Nottingham Forest centre-back denies him.

  20. 2140: 

    Leicester bring on Andy King for Ben Marshall as they attempt to just slightly freshen things up with nine minutes remaining.

  21. 2137: 

    Lloyd Dyer almost finishes the game off moments after coming off the bench for Leicester. His pace causes all kinds of problems for the Middlesbrough defence and Jason Steele has to palm his shot away.

  22. 2136: 

    Middlesbrough are not out of this game yet. Marvin Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz have made impacts up front since coming on for the Teessiders.

  23. 2135: 

    Morecambe's home game with Cheltenham in League Two has finished 0-0. The result keeps the visitors outside the automatic promotion places.

  24. 2134: 

    Leicester make their first change of the night - Lloyd Dyer comes on for Anthony Knockaert, who had started to fade out of the game after a bright first half.

  25. 2133: 

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "What a finish by Nugent. Pure striker's instinct. Super."

    I cannot argue with that, he has played very well tonight. Lots of hard graft and clever runs causing major problems for Middlesbrough.

  26. 2127: 

    Moments before the goal, Marvin Emnes came on for Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran. And soon after Nugent's strike, Lukas Jutkiewicz came on for fellow striker Scott McDonald.

  27. 2131: 

    Nugent has put the ball in the net for a third time but this one is also ruled out for offside. This was much more clear-cut than the first but his goal that did count could be the decider.

  28. 2130: 
    GOAL- Leicester 1-0 Middlesbrough - Dave Nugent (70 mins)

    Dave Nugent fires Leicester into a brilliant lead, and it's certainly been coming. Apparently on the verge of being brought off as part of a triple substitution, the experienced front man hits a sublime first-time shot past Jason Steele from the edge of the box, Chris Wood claiming the assist.

    Leicester's David Nugent
  29. 2127: 

    I've said it before and I feel I'll say it again. Leicester could have gone ahead. Ben Marshall benefits from a poor touch by Rhys Williams but he gets his shot horribly wrong and it flies wide.

  30. 2126: 

    And just as I say that, attacker Marvin Emnes is warming up for Middlesbrough. He has scored five goals in 19 games this season.

  31. 2125: 

    I wonder will either side make a chance soon. Tony Mowbray must be wary that Leicester City are creating a few clear-cut chances now.

  32. 2124: 

    David Mayne, Leicester fan in Hull, via text: "I'd bet that Leicester have hit the woodwork more than most teams have scored this season!"

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Leicester striker Alan Young: "I think the linesman put up his flag when big Chris Wood made his run - and not against David Nugent."

    You can listen to live commentary from the King Power Stadium on BBC Radio 5 sports live extra.

  34. 2123: 

    Nugent has been at the heart of most things Leicester have done well tonight. This time he receives the ball in the box but is blocked by Seb Hines.

  35. 2122: 

    Dave Nugent is played through by Ritchie De Laet and puts the ball into the net but he is ruled offside. There wasn't much in it, not much at all. Leicester City really should be ahead by now.

  36. 2117: 

    Emmanuel Ledesma takes a poor free-kick that flies over the crossbar. Chance wasted for the visitors.

  37. 2117: 

    Leicester defender Michael Keane is shown a yellow card for handball. Might be slightly harsh as he controlled the ball on to his arm. Boro have a free-kick in a dangerous position....

  38. 2116: 

    Just seen a shot of Middlesbrough fans there. I do not envy their 155-mile journey home at 22:00 tonight.

  39. 2114: 

    Leicester have hit the woodwork again. Chris Wood heads Paul Konchesky's cross off the bar. How many more lucky escapes can Middlesbrough hope for?

  40. 2113: 

    Emmanuel Ledesma probably should have put Middlesbrough ahead there. He beats the offside trap after Josh McEachran plays him through but he dinks his ball past Kasper Schmeichel's far post.

  41. 2110: 

    Leicester's Ben Marshall tries to curl the ball into the top corner from outside the box but just misses the target following good work from Dave Nugent.

  42. 2108: 

    Leicester defender Paul Konchesky is booked for a foul on Emmanuel Ledesma. It's his second foul on the Argentine in five second-half minutes. Ledesma, of course, was shown a yellow card for a dive in the first half when under pressure from Konchesky.

  43. 2107: 

    Leicester fans are angry that Kevin Thomson handled the ball in the build-up to a Middlesbrough attack but nothing came of the move.

  44. 2105: 

    A bit of pinball in the Leicester City box but several Middlesbrough attempts at goal are poor and Grant Leadbitter snatches at a shot that is nowhere near troubling Kasper Schmeichel.

  45. 2103: 

    Middlesbrough get us under way in the second half. Neither side have made a change at half-time.

  46. 2103: 

    The players are coming back out the tunnel as we get ready for the second half to begin

  47. 2053: 

    Jack, Norwich, via text: "As a neutral, it looks like Leicester's attackers - Knockaert, Wood and Nugent - are more interested in their individual goal tallies than helping the team score. Good players, but greedy!"

    That is certainly true of Knockaert on the evidence of the first 45, while Nugent has gone it alone on more than one occasion too. However anyone with a 100% goalscoring record at international level is surely justified in having a go...?

  48. 2051: 

    No goals anywhere in the Football League tonight so far. Morecambe's game with Cheltenham at the Globe Arena is also goalless at the break. A draw would put the visitors fourth, while a win would put them into the top three.

  49. 2049:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Leicester striker Alan Young: "It has been a pretty even first half, but I think Middlesbrough have probably just edged it. They are looking better in possession but when Leicester get the ball and break they are causing Boro lots of problems."

    You can listen to live commentary from the King Power Stadium on BBC Radio 5 sports live extra.

  50. 2049: 
    HALF-TIME- Leicester 0-0 Middlesbrough

    I'm not sure either side will be too despondent with their first-half performances, although Leicester will feel they should be ahead after hitting the woodwork on two different occasions.

    However Middlesbrough have shown enough going forward to indicate they are still in with a chance.

  51. 2048: 

    I said it was almost the final chance of the first half...

    Well they went even closer, Chris Wood does brilliantly to cross the ball in and Michael Keane heads the ball off the crossbar. That really was the last chance of the half.

  52. 2047: 

    Dave Nugent almost puts Leicester ahead with almost the final kick of the first half but Jason Steele touches his effort around the post.

  53. 2044: 

    Matt, Telford, via text: "My money is on a last minute goal by Anthony. That would be a Knockaert blow to Boro."

  54. 2044: 

    Richie De Laet plays in Dave Nugent, whose deflected shot from an angle is kept out by Jason Steele. Andre Bikey lashes the rebound out of danger.

  55. 2042: 

    Some sloppy balls and poor first touches by both sides on a regular basis in this game but I think we can put a lot of that down to the conditions.

  56. 2042: 

    Anthony Knockaert is too greedy there. He wins the ball 40 yards out and runs forward, but instead of playing in goal machine Chris Wood he goes it alone and fires wide of Jason Steele's goal.

  57. 2040: 

    Kasper Schmeichel is livid with his Leicester defence as they stand off Scott McDonald and he is forced to save a shot from the Australian. From the corner he has to keep out Andre Bikey's header and George Friend cannot turn the rebound in.

  58. 2038: 

    Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams should do better going forward there. His touch lets him down after a brilliant ball from Scott McDonald and he goes round keeper Kasper Schmeichel but Paul Konchesky clears his cross.

  59. 2034: 

    Jon Sowell on Twitter: "I wonder if Tony Mowbray will be dropping in to see his cousin Melton while he is in Leics?"

  60. 2031:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Leicester striker Alan Young: "Knockaert has been very unlucky there. He dropped his shoulder and hit his shot which got a bit of a deflection from a Middlesbrough defender. The Boro keeper was all over the place. If it was a dry crossbar then it might have gone in."

    You can listen to live commentary from the King Power Stadium on BBC Radio 5 sports live extra.

  61. 2030: 

    How does Anthony Knockaert's shot not go in? The Leicester winger is in after a flick from Chris Wood outside the box and his deflected effort hits the crossbar and then the post but refuses to cross the line.

  62. 2028: 

    Middlesbrough seem to be adopting a shoot on sight policy, with Scott McDonald firing over with a dipping shot from outside the box.

  63. 2025: 

    Leicester striker Dave Nugent is in on goal after outmuscling substitute Kevin Thomson on the right wing but Rhys Williams does brilliantly to block the former England man's shot.

  64. 2024: 

    Grant Leadbitter hits a venomous shot from 25 yards out and Michael Keane deflects it over for a Boro corner.

  65. 2023: 

    Indeed Rhys Williams has dropped from midfield to play at right-back for Middlesbrough.

  66. 2022: 

    Justin Hoyte is coming off with what looks like a hamstring injury after he lost his balance and fell over while playing the ball. The defender is replaced by midfielder Kevin Thomson, meaning Tony Mowbray will have to shuffle personnel at the back.

  67. 2021: 

    Middlesbrough's Emmanuel Ledesma is booked for diving. He goes flying to the ground moments before making contact with Paul Konchesky.

  68. 2019:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Leicester striker Alan Young: "The selection of your pass and the weight of it is vital because the ball is flying off the surface. Middlesbrough have had the better of the opening exchanges."

    You can listen to live commentary from the King Power Stadium on BBC Radio 5 sports live extra.

  69. 2019: 

    After all that, Boro probably be ahead. Emmanuel Ledesma picks out Scott McDonald in a good position. In the Australia international's mind he's curling this into the top corner. In reality he forgets to curl it and it goes well wide.

  70. 2017: 

    The Foxes are starting to dominate and Ben Marshall's cross is put behind by Andre Bikey. Boro boss Tony Mowbray will be slightly concerned by the last few minutes.

  71. 2016: 

    Leicester's strike force have suddenly exploded into life. Chris Wood sets up Dave Nugent and his shot is saved by Jason Steele's feet. Moments later the goalkeeper has to deny Wood after some brilliant industry from Nugent.

  72. 2014: 

    Almost brilliant through ball by Middlesbrough attacker Emmanuel Ledesma but it's just too far in front of Faris Haroun to control and the chance is gone.

  73. 2012: 

    Tim Plummer on Twitter: "Why on earth in the snowy conditions are they still using the white ball?"

    Ash Phillips-Green on Twitter: "With the weather conditions why are they not using a yellow ball??"

    This seems to be a real bone of contention with you guys. Is it time we got a fluorescent ball out?

  74. 2012: 

    Grant Leadbitter considers a shot from 25 yards but instead dinks a ball into the Leicester box. Unfortunately for him none of his team-mates are on the same wavelength and the ball goes wide.

  75. 2009: 

    First real chance of the game and Middlesbrough's top scorer Scott McDonald blazes over from 10 yards out after Leicester failed to clear George Friend's cross.

    Moments earlier Ben Marshall had a shot for the Foxes but it dribbled into the hands of Jason Steele.

  76. 2006: 

    Tom Clazie Flynn on Twitter: "If Leicester have Knockaert and Wood on form there is only result here, those two would walk into any Championship side."

    Shahed Chowdhury on Twitter: "Doing uni coursework and watching the Leicester v Boro game. Should be a great game, think Nugent will be the difference tonight."

  77. 2006: 

    The snow is still falling in the East Midlands. The Foxes groundstaff have been worked since 08:00 and really have done brilliantly to get the game on.

  78. 2004: 

    An early slight scare for Middlesbrough as the ball bounces onto the arm of Grant Leadbitter in his box but no penalty given, rightly so.

  79. 2001: 

    Here we go, after plenty of work by the Leicester groundstaff and several players having to walk to the game, the hosts finally get us under way.

  80. 2000: 

    Simon, Hove, via text: "Boro shouldn't be affected by late arrival. I remember Brighton players changing in cabs on the way to The Shay in 1972 after the coach failed to turn up at their hotel. A 5-0 win followed..."

    Martin, Sheffield, via text: "If Boro players walked to the stadium, how are they going to get back later? Madness!"

    Adam, Leicester, via text: "Chris Wood is on fire, which is handy considering the weather!"

  81. 1958: 

    Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert has revealed on Twitter that he faced a 40-minute walk to get to the stadium for today's game.

  82. 1952: 

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson on Middlesbrough's delay affecting his side's preparations: "We have had a tough day as well. Even our staff and players who live locally have had problems getting in. The pitch was never a problem - it always going to be the surrounding areas.

    "There will be two sides who are looking to win the game with the incentive of going second. We are on a decent run and I want that to continue."

  83. 1949: 

    Injured Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger on Twitter: "Have to give credit to @edmowe his staff and everyone whose helped to get the game on!! Drive safely everyone :-)"

  84. 1948: 

    Twelve minutes to kick-off and the stands still look quite empty at the King Power Stadium née Walkers Stadium. Hopefully the fans are just warming themselves in the concourse before kick-off.

  85. 1946: 

    Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James, Marshall, Nugent, Wood. Subs: Logan, Vardy, King, Dyer, Waghorn, Gallagher, Moore.

    Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Friend, Ledesma, McEachran, Leadbitter, Rhys Williams, Haroun, McDonald. Subs: Ripley, Bailey, Jutkiewicz, Thomson, Emnes, Smallwood, Reach.

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

  86. 1945: 

    Angus, York, via text: "I think Middlesbrough will win 2-1 and go second in the league. COME ON BORO!"

    Luke, Boro fan, Sandhurst, via text: "Boro desperately need a result here to keep up with the leaders and stay adrift of the chasing pack, but with Leicester and Wood's current form I fear only one outcome."

  87. 1944: 

    When the two sides met at the Riverside Stadium in September, Lloyd Dyer scored a dramatic late winner as Leicester won 2-1. It ended Middlesbrough's 100% home record in the league and brought to a halt a run of four straight league draws between the sides.

  88. 1943: 

    Boro boss Tony Mowbray on the effects of the pre-match travel disruption faced by his side: "The players will be fine - they are professional. They understand the job.

    "Thankfully we got a bit of grass yesterday in the North East so we did our preparation for the game. But the delay was not ideal. What was a two-mile 10-minute trip took about two hours. It's not ideal, but no excuses. We hope to give a good account of ourselves against a strong Leicester side."

  89. 1940: 

    Sam Tarry on Twitter: "Mum always told me to leave myself plenty of time to travel in snow. The Boro players' parents must be very disappointed in them."

    Phil L Durrant on Twitter: "Not happy that Boro game is going ahead. Unfair because of travel disruption - obvious that our team would struggle to get there."

    El Yaro on Twitter: "Boro walking to promotion! We're going up! We're going up! We're going up!"

  90. 1938:  
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    If you want to hear the action as well as reading the live text, full commentary of the game is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Just remember you can used tabbed browsing these days, so you can do both - I'm not trying to drive you away.

  91. 1935: 

    Middlesbrough's players have arrived and are now warming up on the King Power Stadium pitch.

    Tony Mowbray makes two changes, Justin Hoyte and Andre Bikey coming into the Boro defence following injuries.

  92. 1931: 

    Chris Wood could be a thorn in the side of Middlesbrough today (pun intended), but if it was not for Boro manager Tony Mowbray, he may not have been in English football at all.

    It was Mowbray, a former Leicester defender, who brought the Kiwi over to the UK as a 17-year-old during his spell in charge of West Brom.

    "We brought him over and signed him. He's a really lovely boy, he's a nice lad and he's played against us a few times," Mowbray told the Leicester Mercury. "It will be good to see him but let's hope he has a quiet day."

  93. 1928: 

    In Premier League news, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been charged with misconduct over his comments to the media after Wednesday's FA Cup tie at Manchester United.

    Allardyce said the decision to deny his side a penalty at Old Trafford, but award one to Sir Alex Ferguson's side, was down to home advantage.

  94. 1925: 

    It seems as apt now as ever, BBC Sport has been looking back at some memorable moments when winter weather has affected football, including John Motson's famous report from Wycombe's Adams Park in 1990, delivered during a blizzard.

    No footage of players having to walk to a game there though however.

  95. 1924: 

    We are still waiting for team news from Middlesbrough for the game and there are reports that they are indeed walking to the ground.

  96. 1913: 

    Leicester's groundstaff have worked hard today to make sure the game could go ahead. So far we have good news from the East Midlands.

    Leicester groundsmen
    Leicester's King Power stadium
  97. 1910: 

    There is one other game in the Football League tonight as Morecambe host Cheltenham in League Two. The visitors can move into the automatic promotion places with a victory at the Globe Arena.

    Latest scores and details of the game can be seen on the BBC Sport website.

  98. 1906: 

    The game will now kick off at 20:00 GMT, it has been confirmed.

  99. 1904: 

    In the Premier League it's been a wonderful day for Theo Walcott. The 23-year-old Arsenal winger-turned-striker has been handed a £3m bonus as well as a new £100,000-a-week contract.

    But for all his glee, there is woe in equal measure nine places down the table. Back-to-back promotions and leading the pre-season relegation favourites to 15th in the table is no longer enough to keep your job. Out goes Nigel Adkins at Southampton and in comes Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, the former Espanyol coach who has been watching the Saints for "several weeks". The odds on their survival were immediately cut by bookmakers.

  100. 1900: 

    Leicester striker Chris Wood on Twitter: "Set off 10 mins ago for the stadium and only moved 200 yards!! Hour and 15 min for a 10 min normally journey should be ok #traffic #snow."

  101. 1859: 

    This game has already been affected by the bad weather that has hit the country, although it will still go ahead. The same cannot be said of many of Saturday's Football League matches.

    No Championship games have been called off yet, but six games have already been postponed in League One, while only three games in League Two are still scheduled to go ahead. With more pitch inspections to follow, there may be more bad news to come for match-going aficionados.

    The BBC Sport website has the latest on which games have been called off.

  102. 1857: 

    Northern Echo chief sports writer Scott Wilson on Twitter: "Suggestion that the #Boro players might even have to walk the final half mile to the ground. That's the warm up sorted then..."

    Let's hope their calves can cope with walking in the snow better than mine can.

  103. 1855: 

    Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert has passed a fitness test, while striker Jamie Vardy is on the bench after recovering from a heel injury.

    Former England striker David Nugent starts up front alongside the main man Chris Wood.

  104. 1853: 

    Now this is the time that I ask you to get involved. Although you already knew that if you read the big capital letters above this entry, didn't you? With a possible delayed kick-off, I need you guys more than ever. Don't let me down.

    Which team will move into the top two tonight? Or will they do their promotion rivals a favour, and cause me a problem in finding things to write about, with a goalless draw?

    Text us on 81111 (UK Only) and Tweet in using the hashtag #bbcfootball

  105. 1850: 

    It's far too early in the season to be talking about six-pointers and must-win games, but the Foxes and Middlesbrough know their Friday night tussle at the King Power Stadium could have a big bearing on their promotion hopes.

    A win for either side will take them into the automatic promotion places until at least Hull's game with Peterborough tomorrow.

  106. 1849: 

    Leicester City have just tweeted: "Tonight's game GOES AHEAD. @Boro have yet to arrive, so both clubs and match officials considering a delayed kick-off. More info soon..."

  107. 1845: 

    Chris Wood - he loves scoring goals as much as I love reciting stats about prolific strikers. The 21-year-old has scored six goals in three games following his £1m move to Leicester City from West Brom on New Year's Day.

    He has scored nine goals in his last five games following a fine end to his prolific loan spell at Millwall.

    The New Zealand international has told BBC East Midlands Today he is confident he can fulfil his dream of establishing himself in the Premier League with his new club - and he seems to be in a hurry to help them back to the top flight after almost nine years away.

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Championship results

18 Jan 2013 23:59 UK

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Jan 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 27 19 57
2 Leicester 28 26 50
3 Hull City 27 8 49
4 Crystal Palace 27 15 47
5 Middlesbrough 28 8 47
6 Watford 26 12 43
7 Millwall 27 4 41
8 Brighton 26 10 40
9 Nott'm Forest 27 2 40
10 Burnley 27 1 39
11 Leeds United 27 -6 38
12 Derby 27 1 37
13 Blackburn 26 2 36
14 Charlton 27 -1 36
15 Blackpool 27 4 34
16 Bolton 27 -1 33
17 Huddersfield 27 -12 33
18 Wolves 27 -6 32
19 Ipswich 27 -21 31
20 Birmingham 27 -9 30
21 Sheffield Wed 27 -12 28
22 Peterborough 27 -13 25
23 Barnsley 27 -15 24
24 Bristol City 26 -16 22