Sheffield United win to close in on Premier League

Sheffield United have maintained their grip on second spot in the English Championship with a 1-0 win at Reading.

lliman Ndiaye's second-half strike earned the Blades a crucial victory in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Victory leaves Sheffield United 10 points behind runaway leaders Burnley and seven above third-placed Middlesbrough.

"We know where we are now," United boss Paul Heckingbottom said.

"There's always been games in hand, games either way, whatever. But now we're seven points clear (of Boro) with 11 games left. There it is. It's all to play for.

"It was a good win for us, a big win."

Reading were dangerous, with former England striker Andy Carroll a nuisance, while Tom Ince also went close for the Royals in the first half.

But Ndiaye linked well with Oli McBurnie on the hour to score against the run of play and seal the points for the visitors.

In the Midlands, Daryl Dike maintained the promotion hopes of Tom Rogic's West Brom as they beat struggling Wigan 1-0.

The striker scored his sixth goal of the season when he nodded in after Jayson Molumby's shot had been turned onto the crossbar by Ben Amos.

"If we had scored a second goal, we would have been watching a different game," Albion coach Carlos Corberan said.

"The fact we didn't score again increased the anxiety and negativity and we started to play worse."

Victory left Albion ninth in the second-tier Championship, four points adrift of the top six.

In Tuesday's other game, Huddersfield climbed off the bottom and above Wigan on goal difference after a 0-0 draw with Bristol City.

City boss Nigel Pearson marked his 600th game in management but could not find a victory to celebrate the milestone.

Huddersfield remain in the bottom three under new manager Neil Warnock, and are six points from safety.