Last-gasp Jackson saves Latics
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan seemed set for defeat after Peter Kennedy saw red for the visitors and Andy Morrell netted with the opener in the final minute, but Athletic drew level after a terrible mistake by Sky Blues goalkeeper Scott Shearer.
Sheffield United moved top of the table after with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bradford in an entertaining Yorkshire derby at Valley Parade.
Former Bradford star Stuart McCall came back to haunt his old club netting the winner in the second half after Peter Ndlovu cancelled out Dean Windass' opener.
Windass had proved a point to his former club on 28 minutes, grabbing his first goal for Bradford with a superb half-volley from the edge of the area to put the hosts in front.
The lead was short-lived, as the visitors struck back just two minutes later with in-form Ndlovu curling a superb shot past Marlon Beresford after the Bradford defence had failed to clear their lines sufficiently.
United edged in front on 54 minutes with McCall slotting home from ten yards after being fed by Michael Tonge inside the box.
Windass spoiled his day against his old club after being sent off for a wild kick out at Michael Brown in stoppage time.
West Brom moved to within a point of the top two with a hard-fought 1-0 win over nine-man Stoke in a tough battle at The Hawthorns.
Both sides were reduced to ten men after just five minutes with Baggies midfielder Andy Johnson and Stoke star Jon Eustace seeing red for violent conduct after a confrontation between the pair.
Scott Dobie netted the only goal of the game on 59 minutes with his first goal in eight games and the visitors were reduced to nine men with Marcus Hall picking up his second red card in a week for bringing down Dobbie.
Malky Mackay's last minute goal gave Norwich a narrow 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Carrow Road
Palace got off to a dream start with Shaun Derry firing them in front after just two minutes with a cracking long-range drive, but Darren Huckerby levelled things up on 38 minutes from the penalty spot after being brought down himself.
The game looked set to end all-square until Mackay popped up in the final minute to net the winner and send Norwich fourth.
Nottingham Forest missed the chance to close the gap on the leading pack after being held to a 1-1 draw by midlands rivals Derby.
Junior gave Derby a shock lead after 25 minutes with a fine left-footed shot from the edge of the area.
Forest fought back and drew level three minutes later with Andy Reid finding the net from an acute angle with his fifth goal of the season.
Derby came close to winning it in the second half with Michael Johnson and Mathias Svensson hitting the crossbar.
The home side's day was soured when John Thompson was sent off three minutes from time for violent conduct.
Rotherham ended their run of five defeats on the trot with a 1-1 draw against Gillingham at Millmoor
Danny Spiller gave the visitors the lead on 36 minutes with an acrobatic overhead kick, but Darren Byfield levelled things up from the penalty spot ten minutes from time.
Wimbledon came from two goals down to mark their first game at their new home at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes with a 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Robbie Blake silenced the home fans with the opening goal after 21 minutes with a deflected free kick which wrong-footed Paul Heald in Wimbledon's goal and he added a second eight minutes before the break.
Burnley were forced to hang on for the last half hour after David May was sent off on 57 minutes for his second bookable offence.
Dean Holdsworth pulled a goal back for the hosts on 66 minutes as The Dons made their numerical advantage count and the drew level five minutes later with Patrick Agyemang.
Cardiff got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crewe at Ninian Park.
Cardiff grabbed the breakthrough just a minute before half time with Peter Thorne scrambling home and top scorer Robert Earnshaw doubled the lead on 52 minutes with his 14th goal of the season.
Peter Thorne completed the scoring with his second five minutes from time to seal a good win for Lennie Lawrence's men.
Ipswich continued their recent fine form with an impressive 2-1 win at Watford.
Watford opened the scoring four minutes after the restart with Scott Fitgerald netting from close-range, but Ipswich responded with Shefki Kuqi celebrating his debut with the equaliser three minutes later.
Town captain Jim Magilton fired the visitors in front eight minutes before the end with a sublime chip.
Walsall recorded their first win since the opening day of the season with a narrow 2-1 victory over Preston.
Paul Emblen broke the deadlock on 50 minutes with his first goal for the club and Vinny Samways also netted his first goal for the club to double the lead just before the hour mark.
Ricardo Fuller pulled a goal back for the visitors on 62 minutes with a powerful volley, but Walsall held on for all three points.
Sunderland continued their excellent recent form with a comfortable 2-0 victory over managerless Reading at the Stadium of Light.
Julio Arca's cross-come-shot caught out Marcus Hahnemann in the away side's goal on 28 minutes and John Oster glanced in a header to double the Black Cats lead just four minutes later.
Despite the introduction of Shaun Goater at half-time, The Royals rarely threatened Mart Poom in the home team's goal and allowed Sunderland to cruise to a victory that makes it five wins from their last seven league games.
Click on fixture for match summary
Bradford City v Sheffield United
Cardiff City v Crewe Alexandra
Coventry City v Wigan Athletic
Norwich City v Crystal Palace
Nottingham Forest v Derby County
Rotherham United v Gillingham
Sunderland v Reading
Walsall v Preston North End
Watford v Ipswich Town
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Wimbledon v Burnley
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