Top two must wait
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp's troops looked set to ground out a crucial victory over struggling Sheffield Wednesday but a nervy second half display from the hosts gave The Owls a priceless victory.
Lee Bradbury - who was recalled from a loan spell at Hillsborough this week - put Pompey ahead as he swivelled sharply to score after Kevin Pressman spilled Svetoslav Todorov's cross.
The Owls were level on 76 minutes after Shaka Hislop's punch dropped at the feet of Ashley Westwood, who scrambled the ball over the line before Linvoy Primus could clear.
In injury-time, The Owls stunned the Fratton Park faithful even more as Michael Reddy scored to lift Chris Turner's men off the foot of the table.
Pompey's title rivals, Leicester, will also have to wait before they can celebrate a return to the top flight after they drew at Rotherham United.
Millers striker Alan Lee was the spoilsport for The Foxes as he netted on 54 minutes. Leicester did rescue a point after Paul Dickov's cross was smartly headed home by the diving Trevor Benjamin.
Ipswich Town kept alive their play-off aspirations after a stunning second half performance at Coventry City.
The Sky Blues appeared in total command of the contest at the interval after goals from Matt Jansen and Dean Gordon gave them the advantage.
But Marcus Bent put Ipswich back in the match on 51 minutes after the ball deflected off him and looped into the back of the net.
Pablo Counago levelled matters four minutes later and the Spanish starlet put the visitors in front when diverting Tommy Miller's shot over the line.
Midway through the second period and Ipswich made it four after Bent latched onto Jim Magilton's long pass to roll the ball home.
Norwich remain in the play-off hunt, along with their fierce rivals, after comfortably dispatching Burnley at Carrow Road.
Steed Nedergaard headed The Canaries in front after just three minutes and Zema Abbey made the points safe midway through the second half.
George Burley's arrival at Pride Park has clearly had a positive impact as he masterminded Derby County's win at Wimbledon.
Simo Valakari put the visitors in front on 29 minutes and Paul Boertien doubled the score on 57 minutes.
Walsall boosted their survival prospects with a gritty success at Gillingham which was secured by Jorge Leitao's early second half effort.
Grimsby remain entrenched in the relegation zone after being crushed by a rampant first half performance from Crystal Palace.
The visitors took the lead on 18 minutes when Wayne Routledge pounced on a Grimsby mistake and then two goals in a minute from Noel Whelan and Julian Gray put Palace in control.
Steve Chettle headed home a corner on 48 minutes but The Mariners were unable to salvage anything from the match with Dougie Freedman rubbing salt into the wounds with a fourth on 89 minutes.
Brighton are also still stuck in the bottom three after being beaten at home by mid-table Preston.
Michael Jackson headed home a corner on 71 minutes and Richard Cresswell wrapped up the points on 86 minutes with a superb solo effort.
Stoke City were unable to take advantage of their relegation rivals' inability to win as they crashed to a convincing defeat at Millwall.
The Lions were ahead on 19 minutes when Neil Harris converted Mark McCammon's cross and Andy Roberts made it two on 49 minutes.
David Livermore further extended the hosts' lead before Sergei Shtaniuk handed Stoke a lifeline that they ultimately failed to grasp.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Preston North End
Coventry City 2-4 Ipswich Town
Gillingham 0-1 Walsall
Grimsby Town 1-4 Crystal Palace
Millwall 3-1 Stoke City
Norwich City 2-0 Burnley
Portsmouth 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United 1-1 Leicester City
Wimbledon 0-2 Derby County
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