HARTSON GIVES CITY LIFELINE
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hartson, who netted twice in The Sky Blues' defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, headed home Lee Carsley's cross after 21 minutes for the solitary goal at Highfield Road.
The result is a big blow for Peter Reid's side, who seem to be running out of form at the wrong time and their hopes of European qualification seem to be fading.
For Gordon Strachan's side the victory moves them within two points of Middlesbrough who lost at home to Ipswich after being ahead at half time at The Riverside.
Dean Windass gave Boro the lead after latching onto an Ince through-ball six minutes before the break, but former striker Armstrong came back to haunt them after coming on for Martijn Reuser at the interval.
Straight from the kick-off Jermine Wright played inArmstrong who hit first time past Mark Schwarzer.
Armstrong diverted home from a left wing cross four minutes later for the eventual winner that moves George Burley's side three points clear in the race for the third Champions League berth.
To add to the North East side's woes, Derby moved three points above them after beating East Midlands rivals Leicester City 2-0.
Paul Boertien scored the decisive goal after 24 minutes when he was allowed to run through the Leicester defence and drive his effort past Simon Royce.
As tempered frayed in the final minutes, Deon Burton was sent off for a headbutt on Robbie Savage, but The Rams' were immediately boosted by Stefano Eranio's injury time strike to ensure Jim Smith's side what could be a crucial victory.
In the Premiership's other early game, Newcastle broke a run of seven games without a win to beat West Ham 2-1 at St James' Park.
The first came in the 32nd minute through Carl Cort after Wayne Quinn's left wing cross was knocked back in by Nolbert Solano enabling the former Wimbledon man to elude his markers and volley home.
Solano doubled the lead 11 minutes after the break sending former Magpie Shaka Hislop the wrong way after a handball from Nigel Winterburn.
Frank Lampard brought The Hammers back into the game with a spot kick ten minutes from time, but Bobby Robson's side held on for victory.
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