By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leaders Wigan Athletic beat Coventry City 4-1 on Saturday.Wigan Athletic kept up the pace at the top of The Championship as they overcame Coventry City 4-1.
Coventry had cancelled out Alan Mahon's early volley through Eddie Johnson, but David Graham and Nathan Ellington - with his 11th goal of the season - put Latics in control.
Jason Roberts missed a penalty but a late fourth from Mike Flynn secured another fine win.
The gap at the top remains three points, however, as Reading overwhelmed Crewe 4-0.
Steve Sidwell, Dave Kitson and Lloyd Owusu had put Reading in charge at the break and Ivar Ingimarsson added a fourth on 47 minutes to end any chance of an unlikely comeback.
Ipswich lost ground on the top two, blowing a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Watford.
Ian Westlake and Darren Bent had put Town ahead, but Heidar Helguson and Hameur Bouazza earned a share of the points for Watford.
West Ham were too strong for Gillingham in a 3-1 win.
Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood and Hayden Mullins had put West Ham three up, but Darren Byfield did grab one back on 45 for The Gills.
Wolves grabbed their second win in a week against QPR with Carl Cort bagging brace in a 2-1 victory, Kevin Gallen scoring the visitors' late consolation.
Nottingham Forest drop into the bottom three after a 3-2 defeat to Preston - but the dismissal of forward Gareth Taylor nearly produced a remarkable comeback from the visitors.
Preston were leading by three goals courtesy of Paul McKenna, Chris Lucketti and Dickson Etuhu when Taylor was sent off for a clash with Claude Davis.
Reduced to ten men, Forest nevertheless got back in the game courtesy of Marlon King's brace but could not find an equaliser.
An own goal by Clarke Carlisle presented Brighton with a 1-0 win against Leeds - who had both Matt Kilgallon and Paul Butler sent off in the closing stages to compound a bad day.
Carl Asaba grabbed a point for Stoke in a 1-1 draw against Leicester, cancelling out an own goal from John Halls.
An eventful last 12 minutes saw Sheffield United pick up a 2-1 win against Plymouth.
Leigh Bromby opened the scoring on 78 and the returning Andy Gray scored a second on 85.
There was still time for David Friio to give Argyle late hope - but The Blades held on for victory.
Finally, Millwall twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against Cardiff.
Gary O'Neill and then Alan Lee had given the visitors the lead - but Jo Tessem and Neil Harris levelled in a bad tempered game.
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