By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leeds secured a much-needed win over Southend while Cardiff were held by Derby.
Leeds United have begun life under new manager Dennis Wise with a hard-fought win over Southend while leaders Cardiff City were held to a 2-2 draw by Derby County.
Leeds forged ahead thanks to a rare Ian Moore league goal and the home side rode their luck before substitute Robbie Blake made sure of the points late on.
Leaders Cardiff twice took the lead against Derby at Ninian Park, but were forced to settle for a point after being held 2-2 in South Wales.
Things looked good for The Bluebirds when Glenn Loovens' bullet header put the home side in front, but Steve Howard's sixth goal in nine games levelled matters.
Michael Chopra thought he had bagged all three points for Cardiff after 74 minutes, however, Giles Barnes' injury-time effort salvaged a point.
Crystal Palace find themselves sliding down the table following a bright start to the season after Nick Chadwick's 39th minute effort gave Plymouth the points at Selhurst Park.
Stoke City emphasised their current form with an impressive 5-0 thumping of Norwich City at The Britannia.
First-half goals from Lee Hendrie and Ricardo Fuller put The Potters two-nil in front and things went from bad to worse after the interval for Peter Grant's side.
Keeper Jamie Ashdown was sent off after 72 minutes and Danny Higginbotham made no mistake from the penalty spot with further efforts from Luke Chadwick and Darel Russell adding the icing on the cake.
Barnsley have slipped into the bottom three after Wayne Andrews' 84th minute goal with his first touch for Coventry gave The Sky Blues the points at Oakwell.
Colchester United have climbed into 10th in The Championship after goals from Kevin McLeod and Jamie Cureton gave The U's a 2-0 success over Southampton.
Sunderland left it late to steal a 1-0 away success over Hull. Ross Wallace snatched all three points in injury time but was then dismissed for collecting his second yellow card.
QPR fought from a goal down at Loftus Road to claim a 1-1 draw with Leicester City, who finished with 10 men.
Patrick Kisnorbo's fourth goal of the season had The Foxes ahead, however, things changed for the visitors when Gareth McAuley was sent off for handling Dexter Blackstock's effort on the line.
Martin Rowlands dispatched the ensuing spot-kick, but The R's were unable to muster that all-important second goal.
Wolves missed the chance to move into the top six after being held by lowly Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux.
Things began well for the home side with Leon Clarke converting Jamie Clapham's cross in the middle.
However, their lead lasted just six minutes as Wade Small's clever chip levelled matters for The Owls in the Midlands.
Chris Brunt put the visitors in front with a close-range finish, but Clarke's second of the game ensured the sides bagged a point apiece.
Earlier on Saturday, Birmingham secured a 2-0 win over 10-man West Brom thanks to a brace of goals from former Coventry City striker Gary McSheffrey.
Click below for match summaries:
Barnsley 0-1 Coventry
Birmingham 2-0 West Brom
Palace 0-1 Plymouth
Cardiff 2-2 Derby
Colchester 2-0 Southampton
Hull 0-1 Sunderland
Leeds 2-0 Southend
QPR 1-1 Leicester
Stoke 5-0 Norwich
Wolves 2-2 Sheff Weds