Eagles flying high
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Palace edged out The Dons in the battle of landlords and tenants at Selhurst Park, coming from behind to record an impressive triumph.
Wimbledon, who were the home team on the day, took the lead eleven minutes before the interval through highly-rated midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, but Steve Kember's men turned the game on its head with two goals in six second half minutes.
Danny Butterfield hauled Steve Kember's men level on 59 with a 20-yard strike, and Dougie Freedman moved the visitors ahead, his fourth league goal of the season, from the penalty spot on 65 minutes.
Former Wimbledon star Michael Hughes made sure of the win for the 'visitors' with a third just two minutes from time.
Sunderland finally ended their disastrous league run with a 2-0 win over Preston North End at Deepdale to avoid equalling a 105-year record of 18 consecutive league defeats.
Sean Thornton sent The Black Cats on their way to a first league win since December with a goal inside the first five minutes, and Matty Piper should have added a second after he rounded Johnathan Gould but forced himself wide and could only hit the post.
Marcus Stewart then helped the travelling fans soon forget all about Kevin Phillips, when he got on the end of a Kevin Kyle flick to turn his defender and smash home his side's second and finally grant Mick McCarthy his first league win since taking charge.
Stoke City and Millwall both saw their perfect starts spoiled after being held to a 1-1 draws by Walsall and Crewe Alexandra respectively.
Stoke took the lead at the Bescot Stadium through Carl Asaba but were pegged back by a late effort from The Saddler's inspirational close-season signing Paul Merson.
Meanwhile, Mark McGhee's men had to rely on a last-minute effort from former Middlesbrough frontman Noel Whelan to earn a share of the spoils after Crewe had taken a deserved lead at the New Den through Dean Ashton.
Reading recorded their second win of the season with a narrow 3-2 away win at Derby County.
Veteran hit-man Shaun Goater put Alan Pardew's men on their way after just three minutes, though the hosts drew level four minutes later when Ian Taylor converted from the penalty spot.
However, two goals from Scott Murray before half-time (30, 36) put Reading in control, and though Derby managed a reply from new loan signing Matthias Svensson, The Royals held on.
West Brom made it two league wins on the trot after a clinical Lee Hughes strike earned them a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Watford.
West Ham suffered a day to forget after crashing to a single-goal defeat at Rotherham.
Glenn Roeder's men, who got changed in their hotel after complaining about the facilities at Millmoor, went down to a solitary goal from Darren Byfield after just 14 minutes.
Sheffield United claimed their first win of the campaign following a 1-0 victory over Norwich City, Robert Page was the hero for The Blades notching the only goal at Bramall Lane on 23 minutes.
Cardiff also recorded their first success this term with a notable 2-1 away triumph at Nottingham Forest.
The big-spending Bluebirds were good value for their win set up by early goals from Robert Earnshaw and Graham Kavanagh, although Marlon Harewood answered for the hosts with 20 minutes remaining they could not force an equaliser.
Ipswich and Coventry shared the spoils at Portman Road after Michael Doyle cancelled out Marcus Bent's opener.
Gillingham edged out Bradford City at Valley Parade with a single-goal victory courtesy of skipper Chris Hope, while Burnley's disastrous start continued after they were beaten 2-0 in their Lancashire derby with Wigan.
Peter Kennedy and Nathan Ellington were on target at Turf Moor to ensure another miserable afternoon for Stan Ternent's men.
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Bradford 0-1 Gillingham
Burnley 0-2 Wigan
Derby 2-3 Reading
Ipswich 1-1 Coventry
Millwall 1-1 Crewe
Nottm Forest 1-2 Cardiff
Preston v Sunderland
Rotherham 1-0 West Ham
Sheff Utd 1-0 Norwich
Walsall 1-1 Stoke
Watford 1-0 West Brom
Wimbledon 1-3 Crystal Palace
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