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Sharpshooter Billy fires Saints closer to the Premier League

Sharpshooter Billy fires Saints closer to the Premier League

Sharpshooter Billy fires Saints closer to the Premier League

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

BILLY Sharp struck twice against his former club as Championship leaders Saints took another major step towards promotion with a 2-0 win over Doncaster.

Sharp’s second-half brace means Nigel Adkins’ men are now nine points clear of third-placed West Ham, who drew 2-2 at Burnley.

The Hammers retain a game in hand, and will cash that in when they visit Peterborough on Tuesday night, but the chances of them preventing Saints from making a Premier League return are fast diminishing.

Second-placed Reading continued to cling onto the coattails of Adkins’ side, as their 3-1 win over Blackpool kept them five points behind the leaders.

Sharp delivered the killer blows against relegation-threatened Rovers when he headed in Danny Fox’s 58th minute corner, before pouncing on a Habib Beye error 15 minutes from time to finish the game off.

The only concern for the hosts was Rickie Lambert’s departure early in the second half with an injury.

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