Foxes and Rams record crucial wins
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp's Pompey bounced back with a win to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the table, while Grimsby Town grabbed their first win of the season away at Brighton.
Norwich kept up the pressure in third place, while Sheffield United's good run was broken when they lost an eventful game at Bramall Lane 2-1 against Watford, as both sides ended the game with ten men.
Paul Dickov gave Micky Adams's men the perfect start at The Walkers Stadium when he scored a penalty after six minutes against Wolves.
The next major incident cam in the 65th minute when Turkish international midfielder Muzzy Izzet was sent off for his second bookable offence, but Dave Jones's side were unable to make their man advantage count and went down by the single goal.
A single goal was also enough to separate two more promotion chases Ipswich Town and Derby County at Portman Road.
Argentinian defender Horacio Carbonari poked in the only goal of the game that was enough for John Gregory's Rams to earn a vital three points in Suffolk.
The result leaves George Burley's side loitering near the foot of the table although they have games in hand.
Portsmouth bounced back from last week's defeat at Norwich by recording a 3-0 win over Bradford at Fratton Park.
Nigel Quashie got the first of his brace after 17 minutes and on loan striker Vincent Pericard doubled the home side's lead four minutes later before Quashie completed his double after 58 minutes.
Wayne Allsion got Sheffield United off against to a great start against Watford at Bramall Lane when he bagged his third goal in three games after just ten minutes.
Things then went wrong for The Blades when Phil Jagielka was red carded for a professional foul on Heidar Helguson just after the half hour, and Neil Cox rubbed salt into the wounds by levelling the scores with the resulting penalty.
Icelandic striker Helguson then made waters even worse for Neil Warnock's men by scoring just two minutes later to make it 2-1, and The Hornets held on for the win despite having Micah Hyde sent off late on.
David Nielsen put high-flying Norwich City ahead against Preston North End at Deepdale after 35 minutes.
Richard Cresswell levelled for Craig Brown's boys in the 52nd minute only for Canaries top scorer Paul McVeigh to grab the winner two minutes later with his eighth of the season.
Norwich now keep up the pressure at the top of the table in third, hoping to go one better than their play-off disappointment last term.
Grimsby finally managed to get their first win of the season, and piled yet more pressure on Brighton boss Martin Hinshelwood as they won 2-1 at The Withdean.
Darren Barnard gave the visiting Mariners the perfect start after a couple of minutes until Bobby Zamora returned from injury to level the scores after 71 minutes only for Alan Pouten to grab the winner for Grimsby ten minutes from time.
Millwall came from behind twice to eventually nick a 3-2 win away at Coventry City.
Loan striker Kevin Davies cancelled out Gary McSheffrey's early opener for The Sky Blues before Lee Mills put the hosts 2-1 ahead on the stroke of half time.
Christophe Kinet drew the sides level again nine minute after the interval and it was The Lions that stole the three points with Neil Harris's goal five minute before the end.
Rotherham's good start to the season took a knock as they went down 3-2 away at Nottingham Forest.
A David Johnson double and one from Eugen Bopp put the home side 3-0 up inside 40 minutes but Richard Barker's goal two minute before half time gave The Millers hope.
Darren Byfield pulled another goal back for Ronnie Moore's men but they were unable to complete the comeback and rescue a point.
Jurgen Vandeurzen grabbed a point for Stoke City as they travelled to Reading as his 39th minute strike cancelled out Tony Rougier's opener for a 1-1 draw at The Madejski.
Glen Little proved the difference between Burnley and Wimbledon at Turfmoor by grabbing the only goal of the game, while Fitzoy Simpson did the same for Walsall against Sheffield Wednesday at The Bescot.
Click below for match summaries:
Brighton v Grimsby
Burnley v Wimbledon
Coventry v Millwall
Ipswich v Derby
Leicester v Wolves
Nott`m Forest v Rotherham
Portsmouth v Bradford
Preston v Norwich
Reading v Stoke
Sheffield Utd v Watford
Walsall v Sheffield Wed