DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Only goal difference separates the two sides at the head of the First Division, and Norwich kept themselves top with a 1-0 win courtesy of a single goal by Mathias Svensson on 45.
West Brom yet again left it late to pick up three points, but a wonderful header from Darren Moore gave them the lead on 81 before substitute Lloyd Dyer wrapped up the scoring minutes later.
Sheffield United slipped away from the top two after being beaten 2-1 by Cardiff.
Peter Ndlovu had volleyed the Blades into the lead, but an error by Paddy Kenny allowed Richard Langley's free-kick to creep in on the verge of half time.
John Robinson then gave Cardiff the lead, and left Sheffield United in 6th spot.
The battle at the other end of the table is no less fraught - and Ian Moore scored a crucial goal for Burnley as they beat Bradford 2-1 at Valley Parade.
Bradford old-boy Robbie Blake had given The Clarets the lead early on but a goal from Danny Cadamarteri had levelled the score before Moore pounced in the very last minute.
Nottingham Forest picked up a crucial win, with Marlon King's brace sinking Crewe 2-0, and this made Derby's 2-1 loss to Sunderland all the more disastrous for them.
The Rams slipped back into the bottom three after goals from John Oster and Tommy Smith put Sunderland in control. Ian Taylor's second half penalty proved nothing more than a consolation.
Reading kept their play-off hopes alive with a 2-1 victory at in-form Coventry.
John Salako and Shaun Goater had given the Royals a commanding lead but a goal from Gary McSheffrey - and the sending off of Steve Sidwell made the away side sweat.
Watford will be nervously looking over their shoulders at the bottom three despite coming from behind to draw with Wigan.
Jason Roberts had opened the scoring for The Latics, but Heidar Helguson levelled on 24.
Rotherham picked up a crucial 1-0 win against Preston courtesy of a goal from Martin Bulter on the half hour mark, whilst Walsall were held to a 1-1 draw.
Keith Andrews had opened the scoring for Walsall, but Paul Ifill's 88th minute strike earned Dennis Wise's men a share of the points.
Finally, West Ham moved up into fourth with a 2-1 victory over Gillingham.
Danny Spiller had cancelled out Bobby Zamora's early opener for The Irons, but a goal from Matthew Etherington sent the West Ham fans home happy.
Bradford v Burnley
Coventry v Reading
Norwich v Stoke
Nottingham Forest v Crewe
Rotherham v Preston
Sunderland v Derby
Walsall v Millwall
Watford v Wigan
West Brom v Crystal Palace
West Ham v Gillingham
Wimbledon v Ipswich
Cardiff v Sheff Utd