By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland are back in The Premiership following a two-year absence.Sunderland are back in The Premiership following a two-year absence after beating Leicester while Ipswich Town were held by Leeds United.
The Blacks Cats knew any slip-up by Ipswich would leave them with the chance to return to England's top flight and avenge last year's play-off heartache.
Alan Maybury gave Leicester the lead at The Stadium of Light, but goals from Marcus Stewart and Steve Caldwell gave the home side the points.
Shefki Kuqi fired Ipswich ahead at Elland Road although their advantage was short-lived with Matthew Spring's first goal for Leeds securing a share of the spoils.
Wigan failed to capitalise on Town's dropped points in West Yorkshire after they were held to a goalless draw at home to Queens Park Rangers.
Derby County strengthened their play-off prospects with a 2-0 win over Gillingham at Pride Park.
Morten Bisgaard fired The Rams ahead with Paul Peschisolido's second half goal securing the points.
West Ham moved into the play-off spots but failed to make the most of Reading's loss after drawing 2-2 at Brighton.
The Hammers led twice thanks to goals from Nigel Reo-Coker and Marlon Harewood, however Dean Hammond's brace secured a point.
Cardiff City boosted their chances of avoiding relegation following a surprise 2-0 success over high-flying Reading.
Two goals in the opening half an hour from Peter Thorne and Cameron Jerome settled the clash at Ninian Park.
Sheffield United's chances of making the top six appear bleak following a disappointing goalless draw at Vicarage Road.
Nottingham Forest remain in The Championship, for now, after their 1-0 win over Burnley extended their stay in the division.
Kris Commons' seventh goal of the season with 20 minutes remaining at The City Ground settled the contest.
Crewe's dreadful sequence of form continued following a 2-0 home defeat to Stoke City.
Late goals from Lewis Neal and Gifton Noel-Williams secure the points for The Potters.
Coventry missed out on a vital three-point haul after Tony Capaldi's late, late goal snatched a 1-1 draw for Plymouth.
Stern John's goal on the stroke of half time looked the match-winner before Capaldi sent the Home Park fans home happy.
Already-relegated Rotherham were sent packing by Wolves at Molineux thanks to two second half goals from Kenny Miller.
Click below match reports:
Brighton 2-2 West Ham United
Cardiff City 2-0 Reading
Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Stoke City
Derby County 2-0 Gillingham
Leeds United 1-1 Ipswich Town
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Burnley
Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Coventry City
Sunderland 2-1 Leicester City
Watford 0-0 Sheffield United
Wigan 0-0 Queens Park Rangers
Wolves 2-0 Rotherham United
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