Pompey romp at New Den
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigerian starlet Yakubu Aiyegbeni (pictured) grabbed a brace within the opening half-hour, and further strikes from Tim Sherwood and Svetoslav Todorov gave Harry Redknapp's men a four goal advantage at the break.
Paul Merson compounded the hosts' misery by dispatching a penalty with quarter-of-an-hour remaining.
Leicester slipped further behind Pompey at the head of affairs after suffering late heartache at Pride Park.
Brian Deane bundled the ball home on 26 minutes to give The Foxes the lead but the Rams' forgotten man Craig Burley produced a delicate finish in injury-time to earn his team a deserved point.
Reading missed the opportunity to close the gap on second-placed Leicester by slipping to a disappointing defeat against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.
Damien Francis opened the scoring for The Dons, and Alex Tapp's late effort made the points safe.
Wolves continued their excellent recent run by securing an emphatic 4-0 home victory over Crystal Palace, which moves them up to fourth.
Kenny Miller grabbed a sensational hat-trick (his ninth, tenth and eleventh in the last ten games), and a further second-half strike from Dean Sturridge comfortably saw off the Londoners.
Play-off rivals Nottingham Forest and Watford played out a stalemate at Vicarage Road.
A debut goal for Darren Huckerby cancelled out Heidar Helguson's first-half opener.
Gillingham maintained their good home form with a 3-0 victory over relegation strugglers Brighton.
Paul Shaw, substitute Tommy Johnson and Nicky Southall all notched after the interval to hand The Gills all three points.
Coventry were made to work by a dogged Grimsby outfit, but left Blundell Park triumphant courtesy of Simon Ford's own-goal, and a John Eustace penalty.
Walsall came out on top in their battle with Bradford. Pedro Matias grabbed the winner after 73 minutes after Danny Forrest had equalised Carl Robinson's goal.
The bottom two both had days to forget, as they slumped to single-goal home defeats.
Stoke were seen off by Burnley with Dean West's 25-yard screamer settling matters, while basement boys Sheffield Wednesday went down to a goal from former striker Richard Cresswell against Preston.
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Bradford 1-2 Walsall
Derby 1-1 Leicester
Gillingham 3-0 Brighton
Grimsby 0-2 Coventry
Millwall 0-5 Portsmouth
Sheff Wed 0-1 Preston
Stoke 0-1 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Nott`m Forest
Wimbledon 2-0 Reading
Wolves 4-0 Crystal Palace
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