By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ipswich moved top of The Championship with a 1-0 win over Brighton.Ipswich moved top of The Championship with a 1-0 win over Brighton at Portman Road as Wigan were held to a 1-1 draw at Reading.
Shefki Kuqi grabbed the winning goal for Ipswich on 22 minutes to lift Joe Royle's men to the summit.
Wigan drop down to second after a 1-1 draw at Reading.
Alan Mahon fired the visitors in front on 26 minutes with a deflected free kick, but Lloyd Owusu drew Reading level three minutes before half time to earn them a point.
Sunderland kept pace with the leaders with a late 1-0 win at Stoke.
Michael Bridges was the hero for The Black Cats with his first goal in four years seven minutes from time.
QPR bounced back from their defeat at Leeds last week to boost ill boss Ian Holloway with a 1-0 win over Cardiff at Loftus Road.
Danny Shittu grabbed the all-important winning goal to inflict a fourth successive defeat on Cardiff.
West Ham produced a stirring comeback to beat Watford 3-2 at Upton Park.
Watford raced into a two-goal lead with early strikes from Brynjar Gunnarsson after just five minutes and Bruce Dyer 16 minutes later.
Nigel Reo-Coker pulled a goal back on 28 minutes and Darren Powell marked his home debut on loan from Crystal Palace with the equaliser two minutes later.
Sergei Rebrov completed the comeback with his first league goal since 2001 to ease the pressure on Alan Pardew.
Burnley climbed up to eighth spot with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Millwall at Turf Moor.
Robbie Blake grabbed the only goal of the game from the penalty spot just past the hour mark.
Joleon Lescott's late goal earned Wolves a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United after a thrilling game at Bramall Lane.
Seyi Olofinjana gave Wolves the perfect start with the opener after just seven minutes only for Leigh Bromby to draw United level on 28 minutes.
Carl Cort restored Wolves' lead five minutes after the break, but the home side fought back again to draw level through Paul Thirlwell three minutes later.
Paul Shaw fired United in front for the first time 18 minutes from time, but Lescott popped up three minutes from the finish to secure a draw for Wolves.
Preston were convincing winners against Derby at Deepdale with a 3-0 success
Graham Alexander sent Preston on their way with the opener on 13 minutes and he added his second from the penalty spot two minutes before the break.
Richard Cresswell wrapped up the win with the third two minutes from the end.
Crewe climbed further away from trouble with an impressive 1-0 win at Coventry.
Dean Ashton netted the winner for Crewe, converting from the penalty spot on 26 minutes.
Leicester came from a goal down to beat Plymouth 2-1 at The Walkers Stadium.
Tony Capaldi gave Plymouth a shock lead on nine minutes, but James Scowcroft drew Leicester level four minutes after the break.
Dion Dublin turned the game on its head by firing Leicester in front on 52 minutes to give them all three points.
Gillingham leapfrogged Nottingham Forest in the table with a 2-1 win in the battle of the strugglers at The Priestfield Stadium.
Gareth Taylor gave Forest the lead on 14 minutes, but Gillingham turned the game around with two goals in six minutes.
Darius Henderson drew the home side level from the penalty spot on 76 minutes and substitute Tommy Johnson grabbed the winner eight minutes from time
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Burnley 1-0 Millwall
Coventry 0-1 Crewe
Gillingham 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Ipswich 1-0 Brighton
Leicester 2-1 Plymouth
Preston 3-0 Derby
QPR 1-0 Cardiff
Reading 1-1 Wigan
Sheff Utd 3-3 Wolves
Stoke 0-1 Sunderland
West Ham 3-2 Watford