Wigan earn eighth straight win
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gary Teale put The Latics a goal in front three minutes before half-time and Paul Jewell's men sealed the three points as Nathan 'The Duke' Ellington scored a second goal in the last minute.
It is Wigan's eighth straight victory, as they look to be the division's pace-setters for the rest of the campaign.
Bristol City remained second following a 4-1 drubbing of Stockport County at Edgeley Park.
Danny Wilson's side were too much for the home side, as they ran out to a 3-0 half-time lead with goals by Lee Peacock, Danny Coles and Liam Rosenior.
Luke Beckett did get one back for Carlton Palmer's men just before the hour mark but The Robins sealed an emphatic victory with a fourth goal from Peter Beadle with a minute to go.
Bristol City go three points clear of Cardiff City, who host bottom club Huddersfield Town at Ninian Park on Sunday while fellow promotion chasers Crewe Alexandra and Oldham Athletic meet at Gresty Road, also on Sunday.
Joe Kinnear's Luton Town stayed in the play-off places following a 2-1 victory at Wycombe Wanderers.
The Hatters were 2-0 ahead before the break, thanks to two goals by Steven Howard.
Jonny Dixon again scored a consolation for The Chairboys but it was not enough in the end.
Tranmere Rovers go level on points with Luton after a superb 3-0 win at home to QPR.
Ian Holloway's men were put under the cosh after Paul Furlong was sent off in the first half for violent conduct.
The extra man paid dividends in the second period for the Prenton Park side, as Simon Haworth gave Tranmere a 1-0 lead before Gary Jones scored a brace as Ray Mathias's men ran out easy winners.
Brentford stay a point behind both Tranmere and Luton in the table with a 1-0 win over struggling Mansfield Town at Griffin Park.
Kevin O'Connor scored The Bees' winner just before the hour mark to give the West London club all three points, despite finishing the match with ten men after Rowan Vine was sent off for two yellow cards.
Blackpool made easy work of their match at Bloomfield Road, after a convincing 3-1 victory over Colchester United.
The Seasiders were 2-0 in front by half-time after goals by Richard Walker and Simon Grayson.
Steve McMahon's side made it three just before the hour mark through John Murphy, and The U's got a late consolation goal from Kemal Izzet.
Chesterfield came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against struggling Cheltenham Town at Saltergate.
Following a 0-0 first half, two goals by The Robins' Damien Spencer looked to be sending Graham Allner's side to valuable away win.
However, two goals in the space of two minutes from new signing Shayne Bradley and Stuart Howson gave The Spireites a share of the points in North Derbyshire.
Plymouth Argyle went one better from their 0-0 Boxing Day draw at Bristol City to win 1-0 over Notts County at Home Park.
Former Bolton Wanderers and Dundee United player Hasney Aljofree got the winner for Paul Sturrock's side just after the hour mark.
Barnsley got a penalty winner from Paul Gibbs with 11 minutes to go to earn a 2-1 victory over struggling Port Vale at Oakwell.
Rory Fallon had put The Tykes 1-0 in front after 12 minutes before Marc Bridge-Wilkinson equalised for The Valiants two minutes before half-time.
However, the home side won the match from the penalty spot as Gibbs converted to give the home side an important victory at the bottom half of the table.
Strugglers Peterborough United and Northampton Town had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the noon kick-off at London Road.
The point keeps The Posh in the relegation zone while The Cobblers sit just two points above the bottom four on 26 points.
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Barnsley 2-1 Port Vale
Blackpool 3-1 Colchester
Brentford 1-0 Mansfield
Chesterfield 2-2 Cheltenham
Peterborough 0-0 Northampton
Plymouth 1-0 Notts County
Stockport 1-4 Bristol City
Tranmere 3-0 QPR
Wigan 2-0 Swindon
Wycombe 1-2 Luton
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