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TREVOR BROOKING can do little wrong at West Ham, with his charges handing out a footballing lesson to Crewe, while Wigan moved top of the table with a 1-0 win over previous leaders West Brom.

David Connolly (pictured) was the scourge of Crewe, scoring twice while Matthew Etherington netted the goal of the night with a thumping effort.

Connolly opened the scoring on 16 minutes, pouncing on a terrible error to round the keeper before slotting home.

Crewe had barely regrouped when Connolly got his second, smashing home from close range after The Railwaymen failed to clear.

The third came on 25 minutes, with Etherington demonstrating superb technique to smash home a fantastic volley from 25 yards.

Crewe improved as the game wore on and fashioned a number of chances, but failed to find a way past England's number one, David James.

Paul Jewell's Wigan have taken to life in Division One like a duck to water and now top the table after Geoff Horsfield scored the goal which condemned West Brom to their second defeat of the season.

Sheffield United secured bragging rights in South Yorkshire, with a 5-0 mauling of local rivals Rotherham.

First-half goals by Michael Tonge and Paul Peschisolido broke the spirit of The Millers.

The Canadian tapped home his second of the evening at the start of the second-half to kill off The Millers.

Peter Ndlovu added the fourth and fifth to heap more pressure on Ronnie Moore.

Gareth Taylor marked his return to Burnley with a goal, netting the third of Nottingham Forest's strikes in their comfortable win at Turf Moor.

Marlon Harewood and Andy Reid were the other scorers for Paul Hart's side.

Sunderland's fine run was brought to an abrupt end at the Britannia Stadium, with Stoke handing out a 3-1 beating.

Gifton Noel-Williams netted the first, but the game was taken away from Sunderland shortly before the break as Darel Russell showed great composure to score on 37 and 38 minutes to hurt The Black Cats.

Kevin Kyle fashioned a response on 54 minutes but it was not enough to save Mick McCarthy's side from defeat.

Reading showed great grit to fight back from a goal down to beat Cardiff 2-1. The Bluebirds started brightly and took the lead when Peter Thorne capped a fine move with a neat finish.

The Royals battled back after the break and goals by Nicky Forster and Steve Sidwell sent the Madejski Stadium crowd home happy. 

Ipswich secured their first win of the season, with Alun Armstrong's penalty and a header by Darren Bent either side of Gary Birch's effort proving enough to see off Walsall 2-1.

Peter Crouch again showed he knows where the back of the net is, as he was on target during Norwich's 2-1 win at Gillingham.

Damien Francis handed The Canaries the lead on the half-hour, but Marlon King's fine goal brought the home side level.

However, Crouch settled the issue with a close-range strike on 67 minutes.

Preston lifted themselves above Coventry with a 4-2 win at Deepdale.

Ricardo Fuller scored twice, while former York City man Richard Cresswell also found the target for the home side.

Steve Staunton scored a rare goal but it was not enough to save The Sky Blues from defeat who had Patrick Suffo sent-off in the second-half and also netted through Andy Morrell.

Michael Keane scored a late fourth to put some gloss on the scoreline.

Goals at the end of each half by Neil Harris and Noel Whelan handed Millwall a 2-0 win over Wimbledon.

Crystal Palace continue to falter and Michael Branch's effort shortly before the break gave Bradford a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

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Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Crewe Alexandra v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Bradford City
Gillingham V Norwich City
Ipswich Town v Walsall
Millwall v Wimbledon
Preston North End v Coventry City
Reading v Cardiff City
Sheffield United v Rotherham United
Stoke City v Sunderland
Wigan Athletic v West Bromwich Albion