Foxes fail to close gap
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Foxes just did not get going early and it was the visitors who started the better of the two sides. The Potters were desperate for the points, but despite controlling the first half they could not secure the break-through.
Stoke had by far and away the better of the opening 45 minutes, out-shooting the home side 7-1, with debutant Frazer Richardson and Brynjar Gunnarsson both going close.
Things turned around for Leicester in the second stanza, but Steve Banks was equal to anything Micky Adams' side could throw at him.
Stoke's hopes of taking a point from the contest were hindered when Peter Handyside was sent-off for picking up a second yellow card after 68 minutes following a challenge on former Arsenal man Paul Dickov.
However just four minutes later, Leicester's Gerry Taggart followed Handyside into the dressing rooms, after he received a second yellow card despite only coming on as a second half substitute.
Despite both sides having just 10-men for the remaining minutes of the contest, space was still hard to find and eventually both managers had to settle for a point which did neither of their causes any good.
Norwich City's promotion campaign suffered a blow after being held to a 1-1 draw against Rotherham United at Carrow Road.
Darren Garner fired The Merry Millers ahead with a superb strike from 25-yards into the top corner on 33 minutes.
The Canaries, however, never looked like losing and levelled matters through Paul McVeigh just before the hour mark.
Wolverhampton Wanderers backed up their impressive FA Cup win over Newcastle United with a crucial solitary-goal win over local rivals Walsall at the Bescott Stadium.
George Ndah capitalised on Matt Carbon's poor back-pass to beat Jimmy Walker in the home team's goal just after the hour mark.
Sheffield Wednesday secured a priceless three points at home to Reading after coming from two goals down against The Royals.
Nicky Foster nodded the visitors ahead after nine minutes, before Martin Butler fired past Kevin Pressman, thus doubling Reading's lead.
The Owls were a different side after the break and Shefki Kuqi put Alan Quinn through and he made no mistake on 52 minutes.
Two goals in the space of two minutes then turned the match on its head.
Gerald Sibon equalised on 69 minutes, before on loan Middlesbrough ace Allan Johnston put Wednesday ahead moments later.
Bottom of the table Brighton & Hove Albion earned a priceless point following a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Coventry City at Highfield Road.
Burnley and Ipswich Town remain in mid-table following a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor. Pablo Counago put Town ahead early on, before Robbie Blake equalised from the spot after Ian Moore was fouled in the box.
Likewise at Pride Park, the match between Derby County and Gillingham finished all-square after Luciano Zavagno's spot-kick earned The Rams a share of the points after Guy Ipoua fired The Gills ahead.
Grimsby Town had looked good for all three points at Selhurst Park against Wimbledon after going two-goals up, however a late flurry of goals ensured the match finished 3-3.
Michael Boulding, back at the club on loan from Aston Villa, scored on his second debut, before a 30-yard deflected strike by Stewart Campbell put The Mariners in control.
Young striker Patrick Agyemang pulled a goal back for the home side and just moments later they were level when Jermaine Darlington sent the sparse crowd into raptures.
The visitors were not finished and re-took the lead minutes later through Campbell, but to complete the spell of four goals in six minutes Damien Francis equalised again for The Crazy Gang.
Millwall secured their 10th win of the season following a 4-0 hard-fought win over Watford at The New Den.
Veteran striker Steve Claridge fired the home side ahead after 10 minutes, before Robbie Ryan made it two four minutes before the break, much to the visitors' disappointment.
The Hornets could not take their chances and were made to pay when Paul Ifill secured the points with a third on 78 minutes, whilst Peter Sweeney completed the flattering score-line with a last-gasp fourth for The Lions.
Three matches were called off in the First Division due to the weather. Leaders Portsmouth re-scheduled their home match against Sheffield United for Monday.
Preston's match against Nottingham Forest at Deepdale and Bradford City's clash against Crystal Palace also fell foul of the weather.
First Division match stats:
Bradford P Crystal Palace P
Burnley 1 Ipswich 1
Coventry 0 Brighton 0
Derby 1 Gillingham 1
Leicester 0 Stoke 0
Millwall 4 Watford 0
Norwich 1 Rotherham 1
Portsmouth P Sheffield Utd P
Preston P Nott'm For P
Sheff Wed 3 Reading 2
Walsall 0 Wolves 1
Wimbledon 3 Grimsby 3
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