BURNLEY MAINTAIN FOUR POINT GAP
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Clarets maintained their lead, but will be disappointed not to have extended it with a home win, although Mark McGhee will be more than happy to take a point back to London, which his promotion hopefuls did deserve.
Kevin Keegan's Man City had their game with Crewe called off, which allowed Wolves to move into second, but only by one point following their draw at quickly improving Watford.
Shaun Newton (pictured) opened the scoring for Wolves after eight minutes, following good work from Mark Kennedy, but Watford were back on level terms just before the half-hour mark, when Tommy Smith scored to secure a share of the points.
West Brom missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on the top three as they could only draw 1-1 against lowly Sheffield Wednesday at The Hawthorns. The Owls were left climbing a mountain after 31 minutes when Norwegian veteran Trond Egil Soltvedt was dismissed, but amazingly Efan Ekoku gave them the lead after 60 minutes.
However, just when the away side looked to be holding on, Ruel Fox got on the end of a Jason Roberts cross and scrambled home an equaliser.
Like West Brom, Preston failed to capitalise against lowly opposition at home, as Grimsby Town recorded a valuable point at Deepdale.
Norwich, though, took advantage of The Baggies failure to win by moving into fourth place with a 2-1 home win over Wimbledon.
The Canaries went in-front when Dons striker David Nielsen scored after 17 minutes, but it was not an own goal, as the Dane signed for Norwich on loan from Wimbledon earlier this month. Terry Burton's men then went further behind when Iwan Roberts converted from the spot, after Kelvin Davis was dismissed for a foul on Nielsen.
Irish international David Connolly pulled one back for Wimbledon just minutes later, when he converted another penalty, but the London club saw their hopes disappear, when they were reduced to nine men with the dismissal of Jermaine Darlington.
Birmingham moved into play-off contention with a 1-0 win over local-rivals Walsall at St Andrews.
Darren Purse scored from the penalty spot after 14 minutes to give Steve Bruce his first win since taking charge, but that was only after the spot-kick was retaken because Saddlers keeper Jimmy Walker infringed on the original kick from Marcelo, which he saved.
Portsmouth climbed into the top-half of the table after their 2-0 win over Stockport at Fratton Park.
Peter Crouch scored his 13th goal of the season with 19 minutes left before a rare Steve Lovell effort after 82 minutes condemned County to their sixth successive defeat.
Barnsley's great form under new manager Steve Parkin continued with an emphatic 5-1 win over Gillingham at Oakwell.
Goals from Chris Lumsden (16) and Darren Barnard (21) put The Reds ahead, before a Chris Morgan own goal just before half time gave The Gills a glimmer of hope.
However, a great second half performance from The Tykes saw them grab three goals through Bruce Dyer (48), Gary Jones (78) and Gary McSwegan (84) to secure victory.
The South Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Rotherham, ended 2-2, but The Blades will be bitterly disappointed to have thrown away a two-goal lead.
After a goalless first half Patrick Suffo opened the scoring after 48 minutes, before Paul Devlin doubled the lead just after the hour mark, but Ronnie Moore's side produced a great comeback with goals from Kevin Watson (65) and Chris Swailes (76) securing a tremendous point.
Click below for match summaries:
Barnsley 5-1 Gillingham
Birmingham 1-0 Walsall
Burnley 0-0 Millwall
Norwich 2-1 Wimbledon
Portsmouth 2-0 Stockport
Preston 0-0 Grimsby
Sheff Utd 2-2 Rotherham
Watford 1-1 Wolves
West Brom 1-1 Sheff Wed
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