Barnett in action straight away for leaders Cardiff

LEON BARNETT got his loan spell at Cardiff City off to a productive start as he helped the Championship leaders to a clean sheet in their 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

The 27 year-old, who moved to South Wales on a month-long deal last week, played the full game as goals from Don Cowie and Matthew Connolly secured their first win in four matches.

The triumph extended Malky Mackay’s team’s lead at the top of the division to seven points.

Two of City’s loaned-out strikers grabbed a goal apiece in a busy day of Championship action – firstly James Vaughan scored late to earn Huddersfield Town an invaluable three points against local rivals Leeds United.

In Saturday’s late kick-off, Chris Martin then got himself on the score-sheet for Derby County, his first goal since his move to Pride Park, as they dented Leicester City’s promotion hopes with a 2-1 victory.

Elliott Ward played 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest as they notched their sixth win on the spin by two goals to one at promotion-chasing Hull City. Daniel Ayala missed out for Billy Davies’ men as he continues recuperation from a hamstring injury.

Elsewhere, Jacob Butterfield was an unused substitute for Crystal Palace as they were soundly beaten 3-0 by rivals Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Stadium.

In League One, Tom Adeyemi and Declan Rudd came up against each other as Brentford and Preston North End met at Griffin Park.

It was the former who will have left happier after Sam Saunders dispatched a stoppage time penalty past Rudd to affirm Brentford’s promotion credentials at Griffin Park. Adeyemi himself managed 65 minutes before being replaced.

Korey Smith, who moved to Oldham Athletic late on Friday, was an unused substitute in their 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

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