Foxes shock leaders Pompey
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
PORTSMOUTH lost their unbeaten home record as second place Leicester City defeated them 2-0 at Fratton Park, closing the gap at the top to four points.
A rain-soaked match on the South Coast never fulfilled it's billing of 'Match of the Day' due to the atrocious weather conditions and it was the team who adapted better that won the day - namely Leicester.
The Foxes went in front after 13 minutes when James Scowcroft (pictured) converted from six yards, after some good work from Paul Dickov.
Leicester then grabbed a crucial second just before half time when Matt Elliott rose highest to meet a Muzzy Izzet corner and make it 2-0.
Norwich failed to take advantage of Pompey's defeat as they slipped up themselves with a 4-2 reversal at Wimbledon.
The Dons looked to be cruising at half time as they were 3-0 to the good with goals from Neil Shipperley (23) and David Connolly (41 & 45).
However, Nigel Worthington's side showed some spirit and grabbed two back through youngster Ian Henderson (71) and former Wimbledon ace David Nielsen (79).
Despite Norwich's threatening to get back on level terms, it was Wimbledon who sealed three points when Connolly completed his hat-trick with just five minutes remaining.
Watford climbed above Norwich into third, but they will be disappointed only to have gained a point a home to Wolves.
Neil Cox had headed the home side ahead after 67 minutes from a Neal Ardley corner, but just when it looked as if three points were in the bag, Kevin Cooper struck a deflected effort past Alec Chamberlain with just seconds remaining to make sure Wolves remain in touch with the play-off places.
Nottingham Forest climbed above Sheffield United into fifth, after their convincing 3-0 win over The Blades at The City Ground.
Three goals in nine minutes in the second half gave Paul Hart's men victory - Jack Lester (54 & 63) and Marlon Harewood (61) grabbed the goals.
A great solo display from player-manager Gary McAllister helped his side to a 2-1 victory over Rotherham.
The Millers had silenced the home crowd when after 38 minutes Nick Daws had converted a Chris Sedgwick cross.
The Sky Blues, though, were level less than 60 seconds later when McAllister riffled home from six yards after some good work from loan star Richie Partridge.
McAllister then converted his second to guide his team to victory with just eight minutes left - Lee Mills had seen his header well saved by Mike Pollitt but he could only push the ball into the path of the veteran Scot who made no mistake.
Bottom of the table Brighton recorded only their second win of the season and first under new boss Steve Coppell with a 3-2 home win over Bradford.
Two penalties from Bobby Zamora and Simon Rodger's first goal in six years, and his first for Brighton, sandwiched an Andy Gray header to make it 3-1.
Brighton then had goalkeeper Michael Kuipers sent off in the final minute and Gray grabbed his second from the spot, but The Seagulls managed to hang on for a vital win.
Grimsby missed the chance to move out of the bottom three as let in a last minute equaliser to Gillingham at Blundell Park.
John Oster, who only returned to the club on loan from Sunderland this week, gave The Mariners the lead with just 13 minutes remaining.
However, Paul Groves's side could not hold out as Mark Saunders hit a late leveller for Gillingham.
Grimsby have moved up one position in the table, as Sheffield Wednesday slipped to another defeat - this time 3-1 at home top Derby.
Two goals from former Sheffield United star Lee Morris (7 & 29) set The Rams on their way and then starlet Izale McLeod grabbed Derby's third just after half time.
Substitute Matthew Hamshaw curled home a free kick after 61 minutes, but it was too little too late for manager-less Wednesday.
Walsall won a crucial game with Stoke at The Bescot Stadium 4-2.
A brace from Jorge Leitao (51 & 57) and then a Junior (66) strike looked to have set The Saddlers up for an easy victory, but two goals from Andy Cooke (77 & 82) in five minutes gave Stoke hope.
However, Zigor Aranalde secured all three points for the home side with a penalty six minutes from time.
Click below for match summaries:
Brighton 3-2 Bradford
Coventry 2-1 Rotherham
Grimsby 1-1 Gillingham
Nott`m Forest 3-0 Sheff Utd
Portsmouth 0-2 Leicester
Sheff Wed 1-3 Derby
Walsall 4-2 Stoke
Watford 1-1 Wolves
Wimbledon 4-2 Norwich
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