Pompey back to winning ways
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pompey will be delighted with the way in which they managed to put behind last week's home defeat to Leicester and get back to winning ways.
Derby had gone ahead after just 14 minutes when Danny Higginbotham converted from the penalty spot - after Lassina Diabate had felled Lee Morris.
However, Bulgarian hot-shot Svetolsav Todorov brought Pompey level just before the half-hour mark when he volleyed home wonderfully from Matthew Taylor's cross.
Pompey then wrapped up the points just five minutes into the second period when Taylor again created the chance - this time for Mark Burchill to head home past Lee Grant.
Portsmouth needed all three points as second placed Leicester managed a 2-0 win over Walsall.
Young defender Matt Heath opened the scoring after 57 minutes with his first goal in senior football.
James Scowcroft made sure of victory when he converted a Nicky Summerbee cross after 67 minutes.
Norwich City moved into third place with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday - who were under the leadership of new boss Chris Turner for the first time.
The Canaries opened the scoring after 31 minutes when Iwan Roberts scored from the penalty spot - Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi was dismissed in the process for handling the ball.
With the extra man Norwich never looked like losing their lead and further efforts from Paul McVeigh (44) and Roberts (82) made sure of all three points.
Norwich moved into the top three, after Watford lost 2-1 at Rotherham United.
The Millers took the lead through Martin McIntosh's header (40), only for Dominic Foley to level matters on the hour mark for Watford.
It was the home side, though, who grabbed the winner six minutes when Richie Barker hammered home.
Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United both lost a little pace with the leading pack as they were held to goalless draws by Crystal Palace and Ipswich respectively.
Newly promoted Reading have now climbed up to sixth place above Sheff United on goal difference, after their win at Gillingham.
The Royals left it late at The Priestfield Stadium as Trinidad & Tobago striker Tony Rougier struck with just eight minutes left to seal the win.
Coventry's good run of late came to an end at Turf Moor as Burnley recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Robbie Blake gave Stan Ternent's side the lead from the penalty spot after just 15 minutes before Tony Grant doubled the lead before half time.
Minutes after Grant's goal - Craig Hignett was sent off for abusive language, which made City's task virtually impossible.
A comeback, though, was on the cards briefly as Gary McAllister converted another penalty after 66 minutes.
But Burnley secured victory with minutes remaining when Callum Davenport put through his own net to make it 3-1.
Grimsby leap-frogged Stoke and moved out of the relegation zone as they recorded a crucial looking 2-1 win at The Britannia Stadium.
The Mariners got off to a great start as Steve Livingstone (14) and Stuart Campbell (22) put them 2-0 in front.
Tommy Mooney brought one back for the home side after 50 minutes when he smashed home a penalty, but they could not overcome a well-marshalled Grimsby back-line.
Millwall moved above their opponents Preston with a 2-1 win at The New Den.
Paul Ifill (10) and Dennis Wise (16) gave them an early lead and that proved enough as Preston were limited to a consolation effort from Ricardo Fuller (89).
The undoubted 'Match of the Day' was at Valley Parade where Wimbledon came from behind three times before overcoming Bradford 5-3.
Goals from debutant Delroy Facey (8) and two goals from Michael Standing (31 & 45) had sandwiched two efforts from David Connolly (30 & 45).
However, it was Irish international Connolly who took control as he scored another two goals (49 & 61) to make it 4-3, before youngster Jermaine Darlington wrapped up victory minutes from time.
Click below for match summaries:
Bradford 3-5 Wimbledon
Burnley 3-1 Coventry
Crystal Palce 0-0 Nott`m Forest
Derby 1-2 Portsmouth
Gillingham 0-1 Reading
Leicester 2-0 Walsall
Millwall 2-1 Preston
Norwich 3-0 Sheff Wed
Rotherham 2-1 Watford
Sheffield United 0-0 Ipswich
Stoke 1-2 Grimsby
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