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JOHN KRETLOW - Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Seb Hines and Middlesbrough hurt their playoff chances with a loss to Huddersfield Town, while Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City drew with Blackpool.

Huddersfield Town 2-1 Middlesbrough

Seb Hines and MIddlesbrough lost their third game in four matches in their clash with Huddersfield Town in the midweek.

The game looked to be heading to a scoreless draw, but Boro broke the deadlock in the 78th minute with a goal from Scott McDonald.

Substitute Alan Lee though came on and equalized for Town in the 86th minute, setting up for an exciting final minutes.

Daniel Ward, who had just returned from injury, blasted a shot from 25 yards to give Town the win and break Boro's hearts.

Boro look to jump back into a playoff position with a win this weekend against Bristol City.

Birmingham City 1-1 Blackpool

Jonathan Spector went the distance for Birmingham City in their battle against Blackpool.

Spector, usually a defender, was deployed at central midfield in the Championship battle. The American was active throughout, sending some shots, but was unable to find the back of the net.

Curtis Davies opened the scoring for the Blues in the 45th minute, however Blackpool equalized in the 74th minute.

Birmingham is now in 18th place and just five points above the drop zone. They take on Derby County this weekend.

Crawley Town 1-1 Carlisle United

Frank Simek played the full ninety minutes in Carlisle United's draw with Crawley Town.

The Cumbrians took the lead in the 23rd minute with an incredible 40 yard shot from Jon-Paul McGovern, but Crawley Town erased that lead when Matthew Sadler scored from 18 yards out after Mike Jones set him up in the 56th minute.

Carlisle is in16th place and six points above the bottom three. They look to break their six game winless skid against Brentford this coming weekend.

Notes

Stuart Holden dressed but did not feature in Bolton's win over Blackburn. Tim Ream did not make the game day roster for the Trotters.

Conor Doyle did not play in Derby County's draw with Cardiff City.

Zak Whitbread never left the bench in Leicester City's draw with Leeds United.

Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Oxford United's loss to Rotherham United.
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