Royals sit sixth despite defeat

Last updated : 11 September 2004 By Rob Cooper
Reading are sitting in the top six this evening - even though they lost 2-yo Derby this afternoon, their third defeat in their opening seven games.

But the Madejski Stadium side must embark on a winning run if they are to stay at the sharp end of the division.

The impressive Millwall, who didn't play this afternoon, and also Watford, can go above the Royals if they win their games in hand.

However, with many of the leading teams failing to pick up maximum points Reading's defeat at Derby may not prove to be too costly.

West Ham were the only team in the top eight to win this afternoon, allowing the division's basement teams to close the gap.

The Championship's big boys - Leeds United, Leicester and Sunderland - who have been trapped at the bottom, all picked up maximum points this afternoon.

And although the giant only have eight points each, they just four points adrift of the top six. Very soon the league could begin to adopt the order of things pundits were predicting pre-season.

This afternoon's Championship results:

Derby County 2 Reading 1
Gillingham 0 Sunderland 4
Leeds United 3 Coventry City 0
Nottm Forest 0 Cardiff City 0
Preston NE 3 Stoke City 0
QPR 3 Plymouth 2
Rotherham Utd 0 Leicester City 2
Sheff Utd 1 West Ham Utd 2
Watford 1 Brighton 1
Wolves 3 Wigan Athletic 3
Burnley 3 Crewe 0

The league table

Last game played on
Saturday 11th September 2004
1Wigan Athletic 7210622209543015715+8
2Stoke City 730051121244217514+2
3Ipswich Town 6300731115441112713+5
4Plymouth Argyle 7210532026641211913+2
5West Ham United 720133211654129813+1
6Reading 730052103244037612+1
7Sheffield United 711233210313226411+2
8Watford 621173101223129510+4
9Preston North End 7301720123531310710+3
10Millwall 520132110103114210+2
11Coventry City 7201421126731310910+1
12Burnley 71216411111232759+2
13Derby County 7202891022230410119-1
14Gillingham 720247102353047129-5
15Sunderland 712064103552231198+2
16Leeds United 62105101214222658+1
17Leicester City 70120221154223568-1
18Queens Park Rangers 711246111352237118-4
19Brighton & Hove Albion 711123112472236108-4
20Wolverhampton Wanderers 704066012350529115-2
21Crewe Alexandra 60114511271012311155-4
22Nottingham Forest 703147021450528125-4
23Cardiff City 710223022471246105-4
24Rotherham United 70221501214034293-7
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