Pompey edge South Coast thriller
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pompey's veteran midfielder Paul Merson was instrumental in his side's South Coast derby victory, as Wolves lost 3-2 against Wimbledon and Rotherham crashed 4-2 at the hands of Bradford.
Former Luton Town defender Matthew Taylor fired Pompey into an early lead, however the visitors hit back through Danny Cullipp and Paul Brooker.
However, the home side never lost their composure when were back on level terms with Paul Merson equalised from the penalty spot.
Stetovslav Todorov put Pompey ahead just before the break, before Jason Crowe sealed the points with a goal shortly into the second half, following good work from Merson and Gianluca Festa.
Bradford City raced into a 3-0 lead with an hour gone, thanks to goals from Ashley Ward, Gus Uhlenbeek and on loan striker Michael Proctor, however The Millers hit back.
Manager Ronnie Moore brought on Richard Barker and Mark Robins, and both netted goals to give the visitors hope, however Ward scored his second of the game to seal the points.
Wolves lost their unbeaten record after losing a sea-saw encounter against Wimbledon, thanks largely to Neil Shipperley, who hit a brace for The Dons.
Norwich kept up the pressure on leaders Pompey, with an impressive 4-0 win over Watford at Carrow Road.
In-form striker Paul McVeigh fired The Canaries ahead on 29 minutes, before Iwan Roberts doubled the home sides' lead just after the break.
Former Manchester United midfielder Phillip Mulryne made it three, moments after Paul Robinson was sent off for a second yellow.
The Hornets were then reduced to nine-men when Dominic Foley was dismissed for picking up a second yellow, with David Nielsen completed the rout with a fourth.
Millwall picked up their first win over the season after a 2-0 win over Grimsby at the New Den thanks to a brace from veteran striker Steve Claridge, whilst Burnley earned their first point of the season against Crystal Palace at Turf Moor.
Junior Lewis and Paul Dickov netted for Leicester, as The Foxes maintained their impressive form against Gillingham, whilst a late Andy Hughes brace for Reading finished off Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.
In the late kick-off at Highfield Road, Nottingham Forest contiued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Coventry City.
A quarter of an hour into the match, defender Riccardo Scimeca curled in a wonderful free-kick from 20 yards out to give Paul Hart's side three more points as The Sky Blues failed to take their chances in the game.
Forest move up to sixth in the table and level on points with Coventry, who sit two places behind the City Ground club in eighth place.
Click below for match summaries and reports:
Bradford 3 Rotherham 2
Burnley 0 Crystal Palace 0
Coventry 0-1 Nott`m Forest
Leicester 2 Gillingham 0
Millwall 2 Grimsby 0
Norwich 4 Watford 0
Portsmouth 4 Brighton 2
Walsall 0 Reading 2
Wimbledon 3 Wolves 2
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