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WOLVES extended their lead at the head Division One with a 1-0 win over Millwall, as Crystal Palace slumped to defeat, by a similar scoreline to West Brom, and Coventry were held by Preston.

Dave Jones`s side huffed and puffed all evening, and it looked as if they would have to settle for a draw but Alex Rae scored his second goal in as many games, a header from a Michael Branch cross, to deny The Lions what would have been a hard-earned point.

A goal on 63 minutes by `Super` Bob Taylor handed Gary Megson`s Baggies all three points at Crystal Palace as they moved themselves up onto the heals of the leaders.

Coventry moved up to second place, but they had to settle for a point from their home game with Preston.

Former Liverpool man David Thompson twice put The Sky Blues in front with stunning strikes, on five and 76 minutes, but David Moyes`s charges battled bravely and headers from Chris Lucketti and Richard Cresswell made sure the visitors took a point back up the M6.

Manchester City produced a superb first-half performance to hand out a 3-0 drubbing to Barnsley at Oakwell.

Goals by Shaun Goater and Stuart Pearce had The Citizens cruising seconds before half-time, but a breakaway goal by Darren Huckerby on the stroke of the interval handed Kevin Keegan`s side a three-goal lead. City moved into cruise control after the break, with the damage done in the first-half.

Sheffield Wednesday continued their climb away from the foot of the table with an excellent 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest.

Owen Morrison proved to be the hero, as he grabbed the only goal of the game on 79 minutes to hand The Owls all three points.

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