BOA MORTE BRACE SINKS PALACE
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portuguese striker Luis Boa Morte grabbed both goals for The Cottagers, scoring his first after 15 minutes before sealing the points with a second after a Steve Finnan through-ball.The result keeps Fulham 14 points clear at the top of the table, whilst Palace slip to their 6th straight defeat.
Bolton boosted their prospects of securing the second automatic spot with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest thanks to a 200th career goal from Dean Holdsworth and a late Gareth Farrelly strike.
Blackburn lost ground on the front two after sharing the points with Wimbledon in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.
After a very defensive first half, Jason Euell stunned the home crowd with a goal against the run of play only moments after the re-start. However, substitute Matt Jansen levelled matters for Rovers after 73 minutes.
Elsewhere, a controversial week for Stockport ended in a 2-0 win for Andy Kilner's side over promotion-chasing Birmingham City.
Finnish international striker Shefki Kuqi scored both goals for the Edgely Park side, his first just before half time and then bagged his second with only seven minutes to go with an unmarked header at the far post.
Sadly for The Blues, the match was marred by the serious neck injury picked up by striker Andy Johnson who was stretchered off.
Sheffield Wednesday continued their push away from the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Burnley at Hillsborough. Ian Hendon put the home side into a deserved lead, firing past Michopoulos after a cross from Dutchman Gerald Sibon just before half time.
The points were then heading to the Yorkshire side when Steve Davies fouled Efan Ekoku in the penalty area for Sibon to double the Owls' lead after 70 minutes.
Tranmere remain rooted to the foot of the table after crashing to a last minute defeat to Barnsley at Prenton Park after earlier leading the match 2-0.
Scott Taylor put the home side ahead after only one minute, before a mistake by The Tykes in the 20th minute allowed Taylor to feed Jason Koumas and he fired low into the bottom corner the double their advantage.
Bruce Dyer pulled a goal back for the visitors on 65 minutes, before Neil Shipperley levelled on 82 minutes with a superb free-kick. Tranmere tried desperately to hang on, but were stunned when three minutes into injury time Isiah Rankine scored the winner for The Tykes.
Elsewhere, David Healy scored his fourth goal in five away matches to help Preston win 2-1 away at Carrow Road against Norwich City, whilst a solitary Paul Groves goal gave Grimsby a 1-0 win at Loftus Road.
Crewe continued their impressive run of form with a 1-0 win over Portsmouth thanks to a Dean Ashton goal, whilst Huddersfield triumphed in the Yorkshire derby with Delroy Facey heading home the winner in a 2-1 victory.