Division One Round-Up
By Patrick Goss. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Brom remain top of the pile in Division One despite going down to a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Coventry.
The Baggies had much of the play in the encounter at Highfield Road, but were undone by a goal by on-loan Tottenham youngster Johnny Jackson a minute from time.
Jackson kept his cool to curl home from twelve yards after latching on to a clever Patrick Suffo ball.
Wigan climbed into fourth spot after an entertaining 3-2 win at Crewe.
Lee McCulloch opened the scoring on eight minutes when he collected a Gary Teale cross to spin and fire home from ten yards, but the hosts were level almost immediately when 16-year-old midfielder Billy Jones hammered in a superb long-range effort.
Dario Gradi's men then moved ahead when a Jason de Vos error allowed Steve Jones in to net, but the Canadian international atoned for his error by firing home Jimmy Bullard's cut-back from close range on 20 minutes.
Jimmy Bullard was the match winner for the visitors when he fired home from 25 yards with just ten minutes remaining.
Ricardo Fuller helped himself to a hat-trick as Preston won an eight-goal thriller against Lancashire rivals Burnley at Deepdale.
Three times Stan Ternent's Clarets hit back after falling behind, before they were finally beaten by two breakaway goals in the closing minutes. Fuller and Ian Moore traded goals in the first half, and Arthur Gnohere quickly cancelled out Eddie Lewis' second for North End on the hour mark.
Fuller restored Preston's lead only for Robbie Blake to level from the spot, but the Jamaican star scored the decisive fourth Preston goal before laying on a fifth for David Healy.
Dennis Wise inspired Millwall to only their second away win of the season at Cardiff, where the Lions went ahead on five minutes when Andy Roberts' corner went straight in.
Peter Thorne equalised for Cardiff, but second half goals from Tim Cahill and Peter Sweeney gave Millwall a well-deserved success.
Sunderland moved back into play-off contention, but left it very late to clinch a 2-1 home triumph over basement boys Wimbledon.
The Black Cats moved ahead when Marcus Stewart dinked home a penalty after John Oster had been fouled in the box by Darren Holloway.
However, the Stadium of Light was stunned on the stroke of half-time when Paul Thirlwell deflected a Wade Small cross over Mart Poom for the equaliser.
Just as honours seemed set to end even Michael Proctor smashed home a winner from Oster's through ball, though there was still time for substitute Kevin Kyle to see red for his second bookable offence.
West Ham held on for a point at Walsall, despite playing all but eight minutes of the game with ten men.
Jermaine Defoe saw red for the third time this term for aiming a kick at Ian Roper, but the Hammers still took the lead when Marlon Harewood converted Matthew Etherington's far-post cross.
Their defensive resistence was broken with twenty minutes remaining though when Jorge Leitao powered home a Darren Wrack nod back.
Crystal Palace beat Reading 3-0 in Kit Symons' final game as caretaker manager.
Andrew Johnson grabbed the first and then set up the second for Wayne Routledge before completing the scoring himself in injury time.
Stoke continued their recent good form with a deserved 3-1 victory at Watford.
Despite falling behind to Heidar Helguson's early strike, The Potters maintained their composure and levelled through a header from on-loan Gerry Taggart.
Ade Akinbiyi then proved the match-winner with two second half strikes (54 and 72), the second after a fine individual run.
Bradford fell to another home defeat to increase their relegation worries, with Rotherham clinching a 2-0 success at Valley Parade.
Darren Byfield dispatched a penalty on 16 minutes after Martin Butler had been tripped in the box, and John Mullin sealed matters with a second deep into injury time.
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Bradford 0-2 Rotherham
Cardiff 1-3 Millwall
Coventry 1-0 West Brom
Crewe 2-3 Wigan
Derby P-P Sheff Utd
Nottm Forest P-P Gillingham
Preston 5-3 Burnley
Reading 0-3 Crystal Palace
Sunderland 2-1 Wimbledon
Walsall 1-1 West Ham
Watford 1-3 Stoke