Latics leap back top
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Latics, who started the day level on points with Sheffield United, took advantage of the Blades' reverse at Millwall to move clear at the head of the table.
Paul Jewell's men were made to work all the way to claim the three points, but an Andy Liddell (pictured) spot kick was enough to settle the contest.
The former Barnsley hit-man won the penalty after being brought down, and picked himself up to coolly convert.
Sheffield United fell to their third defeat of the season to a Millwall side whose caretaker boss Dennis Wise endured a bitter-sweet afternoon .
Second half goals from Neil Harris (penalty) and Paul Ifill hand the player-manager a win in his first game in charge, but the former Chelsea midfielder saw a straight red card just three minutes after coming on as a substitute with five minutes remaining.
That ensured the South Londoners ended with just nine men after David Livermore also saw red for two bookable offences minutes earlier.
West Brom moved up a place to second after yet another 1-0 home victory, this time over high-flying Norwich.
Welsh international midfielder Jason Koumas was the hero for the hosts, curling home the all-important goal ten minutes before the break.
Sunderland jump a place to fourth after also triumphing 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, Marcus Stewart was the match-winner for the Wearsiders, netting on 37 minutes to see of Walsall who finished a man short after on-loan Chris Baird was given a straight red card.
West Ham will be kicking themselves after failing to take maximum points from Trevor Brooking's last match in charge at Upton Park against Burnley.
The hosts missed a hatful of chances and in the end were forced to conjure a late equaliser to claim a 2-2 draw.
David Connolly put the Hammers ahead early on, but Burnley came roaring back with second half strikes from Delroy Facey and Ian Moore, however Don Hutchison hit a superb late leveller to earn a share of the spoils.
Ipswich Town's turnaround in Division One continues following a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the late Saturday kick-off at Portman Road.
Matthew Richards scored the only goal of the match two minutes before the break, after volleying home unmarked from six yards out, as Stoke's defence was nowhere to be seen.
Joe Royle's men then controlled the match in the second half and had plenty of chances to score again through on-loan Finnish international Shefki Kuqi and Spanish striker Pablo Counago.
But it was The Potters that nearly snatched a point when Keith Andrews's late strike inexplicably hit both goalposts and stayed out after it beat Town goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.
The win takes Town to sixth in the table after winning six matches in their eight following a slow start to the new season in the First Division while Tony Pulis's side remain in the bottom half of the table.
Reading left it late to edge past Preston with Nicky Forster netting in the final minute to secure a dramatic 3-2 win.
Ricardo Fuller and Graham Alexander (penalty) twice gave the visitors the lead, but twice Reading fought back through Shaun Goater -a penalty, for which Marlon Broomes was sent off for a second yellow card - and Jon Mackie.
Forster then popped up with the final whistle approaching to send the Royals' fans home happy.
Nottingham Forest heaped more misery on basement boys Wimbledon with a crushing 6-0 success at the City Ground.
Marlon Harewood grabbed a first-half brace to claim his tenth and eleventh goals of the term, and Andy Reid added a third on the stroke of half time.
Gareth Taylor, Michael Dawson and wes Morgan all then got their names on the scoresheet after the interval.
Crewe comprehensively beat Derby 3-0 at Gresty Road with goals from Andrew barrowman, Dean Ashton and Ben Rix.
Crystal Palace were held to a 1-1 home draw by Rotherham, Dougie Freedman cancelling out Chris Swailes' opener, while Watford squeezed past Bradford City at Vicarage Road with veteran defender Scott Fitzgerald getting the only goal of the game.
Crewe 3-0 Derby
Crystal Palace 1-1 Rotherham
Ipswich 1-0 Stoke
Millwall 2-0 Sheffield Utd
Nott'm Forest 6-0 Wimbledon
Reading 3-2 Preston
Sunderland 1-0 Walsall
Watford 1-0 Bradford
West Brom 1-0 Norwich
West Ham 2-2 Burnley
Wigan 1-0 Gillingham
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