Pompey held by Reading
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Royals have not lost at home since September, climbing to fifth in the table in the process, and showed little respect for the Division One leaders in the early exchanges.
Pompey keeper Shaka Hislop, a former Reading player, produced two fine saves in the first half to keep his side level.
Svetoslav Todorov and Matthew Taylor both went close to snatching a winner for Pompey but the match finished all square.
The South Coast club go seven points clear of second place Leicester City, who could not take advantage of Portsmouth's slip-up as they were also held to a 0-0 draw by Sheffield United at the Walkers Stadium.
Nottingham Forest were also unable to take advantage of the high-flying duo's draws as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at Burnley.
Lee Briscoe's goal mid-way through the first half held up for The Clarets, who bounced back from their Worthington Cup exit against Manchester United on Tuesday.
Wolves moved into the last promotion play-off place with an excellent 1-0 victory over high-flying Norwich City at Molineux.
On loan striker Carlton Cole scored his first goal for the Black Country club eight minutes before half-time as Dave Jones' men held on for an important win.
Derby County jumped up three places to 13th in the table with a 3-0 victory over Watford at Pride Park.
Lee Morris put The Rams in front just four minutes into the match as John Gregory's men took a one-goal lead into the break.
Chris Riggott made it 2-0 just two minutes after the hour mark before Deon Burton made it 3-0 mid-way through the second period as the East Midlands club took all three points.
Rotherham United put the misery of their mid-week Worthington Cup drubbing at Blackburn Rovers behind them after coming from behind to beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road.
Joe Royle's side had gone in front through Fabian Wilnis after just 11 minutes but The Merry Millers equalised 14 minutes later as Stewart Talbot made it 1-1.
Ronnie Moore's side won the match just before the half-time break as Richard Barker scored to give the Millmoor club a good away victory.
Wimbledon moved up two places following a dramatic 5-3 victory at Preston North End.
The Lilywhites took the lead as Pawel Abbott scored after just 11 minutes but David Connolly soon equalised with five minutes left in the half.
That score-line last only a minute as Paul McKenna made it 2-1 to Craig Brown's side at the break.
The Deepdale club looked safe after Graham Alexander scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-1 in the second half.
However, Connolly would make it 3-2 from the penalty spot nine minutes later for Wimbledon and he set up Joel McAnuff to score two goals late on in the second period.
Nigel Reo-Coker topped off a great comeback for the South West London club with fifth goal in the last minute.
Crystal Palace took three good points as they got the best of London rivals Millwall at Selhurst Park with a 1-0 victory.
Danny Granville scored the winner with 17 minutes to go to give the points for The Eagles.
Coventry City got a much-needed win at struggling Stoke City as two first-half goals by Jay Bothroyd lead The Sky Blues to a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.
Peter Hoekstra got The Potters' only goals of the match as Tony Pulis' men finished the match with nine men, as both Wayne Thomas and Brynjar Gunnarsson were sent off in the second half.
Bradford City's poor form continued as they went down to a 3-1 home defeat against Gillingham.
Andy Gray had given The Bantams a 1-0 half-time lead, but two goals by Marlon King after the break - one a penalty - and a third late on from Rod Wallace turned the match around for player-manager Andy Hessenthaler's side in the end.
Walsall disposed of struggling Grimsby Town with a 3-1 victory at the Bescot Stadium.
Brazilian striker Junior gave The Saddlers the lead mid-way through the first-half before Steve Livingston equalised for The Mariners 11 minutes later.
However, Colin Lee's men took the points as Jorge Leitao and Darren Wrack got the goals to secure the win for the West Midlands club.
Brighton & Hove Albion remain bottom after being held to a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Gary Hart had put The Seagulls in front in the first half and looked like they were to come away from South Yorkshire with an important win.
However, Finnish international striker Shefki Kuqi was able to equalise for The Owls in the last minute to keep Chris Turner's side from going to the bottom of the table.
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Nationwide Division One
Bradford City 1-3 Gillingham
Burnley 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace 1-0 Millwall
Derby County 3-0 Watford
Ipswich Town 1-2 Rotherham United
Leicester City 0-0 Sheffield United
Preston North End 3-5 Wimbledon
Reading 0-0 Portsmouth
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Brighton Hove & Albion
Stoke City 1-2 Coventry City
Walsall 3-1 Grimsby Town
Wolves 1-0 Norwich City
Click here for an updated Division One table.