Seagulls boost survival hopes
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Albion's win gave them a two-point cushion fourth from bottom, while Stoke grabbed a valuable point against Sheffield United, Grimsby earned three points against Watford but The Owls find themselves three points adrift of the rest after losing at home to Ipswich Town.
Paul Brooker (pictured) was the hero for The Seagulls as his goal was enough to give them the points at The Withdean against Paul Hart's Forest side, whose hopes of automatic promotion took a severe blow.
Grimsby player-manager Paul Groves gave his side a boost by grabbing the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Watford, while Stoke did their survival hopes some good with a goalless draw against Sheffield United and also stopped Neil Warnock's side in their tracks.
Derby County are now looking nervously over their shoulders at the drop zone after a late winner from Jamie Lawrence gave Bradford a 2-1 win at Pride Park.
Claus Jorgensen gave The Bantams the lead early on before Lee Morris levelled for The Rams although Lawrence popped up with the winner in the last minute.
Reading grabbed a late win at home to Crystal Palace when James Harper popped up in the final minute to earn a 2-1 win for The Royals.
Poor defending from Alan Pardew's side had earlier allowed Andy Johnson to nick in to grab an equaliser to Steve Brown's opener but Harper's dramatic winner sends The Royals back into third place above Sheffield United.
Portsmouth continue their march towards top-flight football after a single goal from Steve Stone was enough to defeat Wolves at Fratton Park.
Leicester City kept up their pursuit of the leaders with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Preston at the Walkers Stadium.
Eddie Lewis fired Preston in front with a fine free kick on 21 minutes, but Brian Deane squared things up two minutes before the break.
Deane netted the winner for The Foxes after 56 minutes to leave them 10 points clear from third-placed Reading.
The defeats for Wolves and Forest gave hope to Ipswich Town as their 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday drew them closer to the play-off spots, and also put The Owls in serious trouble as they fell further behind at the bottom of the table.
Burnley's poor run continues as they fell to a 3-2 defeat away at Walsall thanks to goals from Jorge Leitao, Matt Carbon and Pedro Matias.
Robbie Blake grabbed a goal back for The Clarets 16 minutes from time from the penalty spot after Saddlers keeper James Walker was sent off for a foul on Gareth Taylor, and Glenn Little made the final minutes interesting with a late goal.
Norwich got their play-off campaign back on track with a 2-0 win at home to Coventry City, who continue their poor run of form, as Steed Nedergaard and Adam Drury grabbed the goals for The Canaries.
Wimbledon won the latest London derby at home to Millwall with goals from Neil Shipperley and Patrick Ageymang grabbing the goals to sink The Lions.
Gillingham played out a 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham who finished with ten men after Guy Branston's red card five minutes before time.
Paul Warne had given the visiting Millers the lead after 12 minutes but Rod Wallace earned The Gills a point with his goal after 22 minutes.
Click on fixture for match summary:
Brighton v Nott`m Forest
Derby v Bradford
Gillingham v Rotherham
Grimsby v Watford
Leicester v Preston
Norwich v Coventry
Portsmouth v Wolves
Reading v Crystal Palace
Sheff Wed v Ipswich
Stoke v Sheff Utd
Walsall v Burnley
Wimbledon v Millwall