Hammers ruin Reading visit
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The hosts scored early in this grudge match against the club who were approached by The Hammers last week about speaking to then-manager Alan Pardew, who subsequently resigned after being denied that opportunity.
Scotland international Christian Dailly put his nation's defeat in midweek behind him to get on the end of a Jermain Defoe corner to head home after 18 minutes.
The Madejski outfit will be pleased to see the back of West Ham after this week, in which Pardew could still be installed as West Ham boss.
West Bromwich Albion remain top dogs in the division thanks to a 4-1 win over Ipswich Town at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies took an early lead through young Danish defender Thomas Gaardsoe against his former club before former Crewe striker Rob Hulse made the score 2-0 inside the first 20 minutes.
Hulse then notched his sixth goal of the season on 57 minutes before Richard Naylor scored a consolation five minutes later and Drissa Diallo put through his own net at the death.
Paul Hart's Nottingham Forest avenged their play-off defeat to Sheffield United with a 3-1 win at the City Ground.
Marlon Harewood scored from the penalty spot with 15 minutes of the first half to play to put Forest 1-0 up.
It was then The Blades' turn to score from the spot as Peter Ndlovu levelled matters before Harewood again rode to the rescue for his fifth strike of the season and Andy Reid added a third, while Chris Morgan saw red for the Bramall Lane side with 20 minutes remaining.
Crewe picked up all three points after an impressive 2-0 win at Rotherham.
Dean Ashton sent the visitors on their way with a penalty on the stroke of half time after Guy Branston was penalised for holding down Steve Jones and Richard Walker bundled home the second soon after the break.
Wigan extended their unbeaten run to six, while inflicting Wimbledon's sixth defeat in all competitions with a 4-2 win at Selhurst Park.
Jimmy Bullard opened the scoring on 21 minutes before new signing Geoff Horsfield teed up Andy Liddell for the second on 29 minutes.
Ex-Birmingham man Horsfield then got his first goal for Paul Jewell's men with a goal 12 minutes before the break before Patrick Agyemang pulled a goal back for The Dons.
Wimbledon showed their battling qualities in the second half and reduced the arrears to 3-2 when Joel McAnuff got his name on the score sheet, but Nathan Ellington restored Wigan's two-goal cushion on 55.
Kevin Kyle scored his first league goal of the campaign as Sunderland beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at The Stadium of Light.
However, The Black Cats looked like they would be denied their fourth win on the trot when Andrew Johnson conjured up a leveller on full-time.
Marcus Stewart though sent the home fans into wild celebrations when he scored the winner from the penalty spot to continue the Wearsiders' recent good run.
Norwich City had Peter Crouch and Iwan Roberts to thank for their win over Burnley at Carrow Road.
The on-loan Aston Villa striker made a goalscoring start to his Canaries career with a goal after 58 minutes, while veteran hit-man Roberts added a second on 90 minutes.
Cardiff City ran riot over Gillingham at Ninian Park thanks to four goals from Welsh international Rob Earnshaw and a single strike from partner Peter Thorne.
Thorne began the blitz on 18 minutes before Earnshaw scored the first of his quartet on 21 minutes.
Earnshaw added to his first-half tally on 35 and a penalty on 45 before notching a fourth 15 minutes from time which ensured Gillingham left Wales with not much more than hurt pride.
Coventry City picked up a win with an impressive 4-2 score line over Stoke city at Highfield Road.
Cameroon international Patrick Suffo gave The Sky Blues the lead with a goal after just five minutes, before Graham Barrett scored his second goal since signing from Arsenal just five minutes later.
Carl Asaba pulled one back for Tony Pulis's men on half-time but Dele Adebola restored Coventry's two-goal lead on 58 minutes, before Andy Morrell made sure of the result with a goal with 15 minutes remaining. Wayne Thomas netted a second for the Potteries side on 78 minutes.
Derby County hauled themselves off the bottom of the league with a vital 1-0 away win over Walsall.
The Rams, without a win in their last nine games, had Brazilian striker Junior to thank as he came back to haunt his old side with a winner ten minutes from time.
Bradford City got themselves three valuable points as they came from a goal down to beat Preston North End 2-1.
Jamaican international Ricardo Fuller got the visitors off to a good start with a strike on 10 minutes but his goal was cancelled out on the hour-mark by Michael Branch.
Debut boy Nicky Summerbee endeared himself to the Bantams' faithful with 20 minutes to go with the winner.
Watford had earlier beaten Millwall 3-1 at Vicarage Road with strikes from Bruce Dyer, Neil Cox and Ashley Young.
Division One results:
Bradford City 2-1 Preston North End
Cardiff City 5-0 Gillingham
Coventry City 4-2 Stoke City
Norwich City 2-0 Burnley
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Sheffield United
Rotherham United 0-2 Crewe Alexandra
Sunderland 2-1 Crystal Palace
Walsall 0-1 Derby County
Watford 3-1 Millwall
West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Ipswich Town
West Ham United 1-0 Reading
Wimbledon 2-4 Wigan Athletic
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