Vaz Te fires Barnsley to Leeds win

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Ricardo Vaz Te

Substitute Ricardo Vaz Te scored a hat-trick as Barnsley beat Leeds 4-1 in the npower Championship clash at Oakwell.

The striker scored with his first touch of the game after he was brought on to replace the injured Jacob Butterfield early in the first half. Vaz Te drilled the ball into the top left of Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan's goal in the 16th minute before his second half strike put the Tykes in control.

Craig Davies added the home side's third in the 61st minute with a curled strike from the edge of the area before Vaz Te scored the fourth 11 minutes later to pile the pressure on Leeds boss Simon Grayson. Luciano Becchio scored a late consolation for Leeds as they slumped to their third consecutive defeat.

Derby beat promotion-chasing West Ham 2-1 to record their third straight league win. The Rams got off to a flying start against the Hammers when Callum Ball put them in front in the second minute when he fired into the top of the net from the edge of the box.

Paul Green then doubled the lead in the 10th minute with a close range header before Frank Nouble pulled one back for West Ham just before the break with a strike from just outside of the box.

Middlesbrough were held to a 1-1 draw at the Riverside by Peterborough but leapfrogged West Ham into second place following the Hammers' defeat at Pride Park. Leicester drew 1-1 against Portsmouth at the Walkers Stadium.

Marvin Sordell scored twice to help seal a 4-1 win for Watford over 10-man Doncaster at Vicarage Road, while Birmingham beat 10-man Blackpool 3-0 at St Andrew's with a dominant performance.

Coventry moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win over Brighton. Gary McSheffrey gave the Sky Blues the lead in the 34th minute with a 20 yard strike before Lukas Jutkiewicz sealed the win with a close range header after the break.

Nottingham Forest's woes continued as they were beaten 1-0 by Cardiff. Kenny Miller headed the only goal of the game in the 59th minute to leave Forest in the relegation zone while Cardiff remained fourth but closed the gap on third to two points.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace beat Millwall 1-0 at the Den thanks to Jermaine Easter's 23rd minute strike and Burnley beat Hull 1-0 after Martin Paterson's 34th minute score. Reading claimed a 1-0 win over Ipswich to climb above Hull into fifth thanks to Alex Pearce's 64th minute header.

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