Blades and Bristol City defeats aid Iron
By Daniel Elwes
Updated Sunday, 26th December 2010
Only seven Championship games survived the cold on Boxing Day, with results going in Scunthorpe's favour.
The Blades looked to have rescued a point at home to Hull City when two goals from Ched Evans cancelled out a brace from Jay Simpson.
That was until Jimmy Bullard, a second-half substitute for the Tigers, scored a winner three minutes into stoppage-time.
Shane Long then grabbed a second-half brace to secure the points that keep Reading seventh, now only one point off the play-off places.
They looked set for more misery when Adam Hammill fired Barnsley ahead in the 25th minute with his eighth goal of the season.
On-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti nodded in a cross from Wade Elliott to draw the Clarets level in the 49th minute and Bikey headed in a corner five minutes later to secure his side's first win at Oakwell for 79 years.
Adel Taarabt scored twice for the leaders, with Jamie Mackie and Heidar Helguson also scoring.
The R's are four points ahead of Cardiff City, who reclaimed second place when they defeated Coventry 2-0. Seyi Olofinjana and Craig Bellamy scored for the Bluebirds.
Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass had the Yorkshire side 2-0 up, but Paul Gallacher pulled one back from the penalty spot and Andy King equalised.