BRIGHTON EXTEND LEAD AT THE TOP
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Broooker (19) opened the scoring for Peter Taylor's men before Bobby Zamora secured all three points when (pictured) scored his 17th goal of the season with a brilliant executed 30-yard lob after 61 minutes.
The Gulls went three points clear, because second placed Stoke had their game at Peterborough postponed.
But The Potters stayed in the top-two as Brentford and Reading both slipped to surprise defeats.
Brentford, who were just a point behind the top-two, went down 5-3 at Adams Park to Wycombe despite the fact that they took a 2-0 lead. Lloyd Owusu (13) and Paul Evans (pen 26) looked to give Steve Coppell's men a comfortable lead, but Darren Currie (42) and Chris Vinnicombe (52) made things level. On-loan star Ben Burgess put Brentford back into the lead on the hour-mark, but two goals from Andy Rammell in just five minutes (64 & 69) put The Chairboys in the lead for the first time. Dannie Bulman sealed all three points with his goal in the last minute.
Reading failed to take advantage of Brentford's failure to win and Stoke's postponment, as they suffered a shock 1-0 reversal at home to Chesterfield. Veteran midfielder scored Jonathan Howard the only goal of the game after jutst 10 minutes.
Bristol CIty closed the gap on the top four with a hard-thought 3-2 win over Notts County. A Craig Ireland own goal put the Robins in-front after 12 minutes, but the away side came back when on-loan star James Quinn eqaulised after 65 minutes on his debut. The lead, however, only lasted two minutes as Lee Peacock scored from the penalty spot, he then doubled his tally and made the score 3-1 with just 16 minutes left. Another loan-player - Liam Chilvers, then brought The Magpies back into the game, but Danny Wilson's men held on for three valuable points.
Cambridge United will be devastated not to have picked up anything at the McAlpine Stadium, as Huddersfield won 2-1 to keep up their promotion chase. On-loan Shane Tudor put the managerless U's in-front after 32 minutes, although their case was not helped by Stev Angus's dismissal after 37 minutes. They did look as if they would be holding on for three points, but with 14 minutes left Chirs Hay equalised and then with just one minute left Andy Booth stole the win for Town.
Cardiff jumped above Oldham into 9th place with a 3-1 win over The Latics at Ninian Park. Robert Earnshaw (37) and Graham Kavanagh (74) made it 2-0 before John Eyre (75) pulled one back for Oldham, but Kavanagh sealed the win with a goal in the last minute.
Tranmere Rovers became the first side to win at the new Dean Court with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Jason Price (42) and Gareth Roberts (66) sealed the win.
Northampton Town stay bottom-of-the-table after a 3-2 defeat at fellow relegation strugglers Wrexham. Jamie Forrester (14) put the Cobblers ahead, but Brian Carey brought The Red Dragons back into the game after 43 minutes. Paul McGregor put Northampton back ahead just after the break, but the lead lasted just five minutes before Martyn Chalk equalised from the spot. Darren Ferguson sealed the win with just four minutes left, against ten-man Town - who had James Hunt sent off after 78 minutes.
Wigan neat Swindon 1-0 at the JJB Stadium with on-loan signing Paul Cook scoring the winner after 70 minutes on his home debut for his former club.
Queens Park Rangers had to come from behined to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Colchester. Two goals from Kevin Gallen (22 & 54) sandwiched goals from Micky Stockwell (29) and Joe Keith (39).
The final game of the day saw the mid-table battle between Port Vale and Blackpool finish 1-1. Danny Coid scored for The Tangerines, before former Middlesbrough midfielder Micky Cummins equalised for Vale.
Click below for match summaries:
Bournemouth 0 Tranmere 2
Bristol City 3 Notts County 2
Bury 0 Brighton 2
Cardiff 3 Oldham 1
Huddersfield 2 Cambridge 1
Port Vale 1 Blackpool 1
QPR 2 Colchester 2
Reading 0 Chesterfield 1
Wigan 1 Swindon 0
Wrexham 3 Northampton 2
Wycombe 5 Brentford 3
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