By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading closed the gap on leaders Sheffield United as Cardiff put six past Crewe.Reading closed the gap on leaders Sheffield United as they picked up a 1-0 win at Stoke.
The Blades failed to beat Leeds on Friday night so Dave Kitson's 77th minute penalty meant Steve Coppell's side moved within three points of their rivals at the top of the table.
However Luton were unable to keep pace as they surrendered a last minute goal to draw 1-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle.
Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney handed The Hatters the lead on 64 minutes although former Manchester United youngster Bojan Djordjic struck in the dying seconds to earn a point for Tony Pulis.
The performance of the day was at Ninian Park as Cardiff blasted six past Crewe Alexandra, who could offer a solitary strike in reply.
Steve Foster (31) had equalled Michael Ricketts' (18) opener but the home side then burst into action.
Joe Ledley and Kevin Cooper added two more before the hour, and Darren Purse's penalty then put them three in front.
Cameron Jerome (68) and Jason Koumas (74) added to Dario Gradi's humiliation as Cardiff moved into seventh.
Wolverhampton Wanderers dropped out of the play-off places after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Preston North End.
Dickson Etuhu put the visitors in front after 46 minutes but Glenn Hoddle's men resorted parity through Ioan Ganea (59).
However the drama was not over for the striker as he saw red on 70 minutes for serious foul play.
Watford took their place in the top six as they claimed a good 1-0 win at Ipswich Town.
Ashley Young was the hero for The Hornets as he broke the deadlock on 55 minutes to condemn Ipswich to the bottom half of the table.
Crystal Palace stay in fifth after Clinton Morrison (38) and Dougie Freedman (78) earned them a 2-0 win over Burnley.
Southampton ended a run of ten games without a win as they triumphed 2-0 at Milwall.
The game, that was noticeable for Dennis Wise appearing against the club he used to manage, was settled by goals from teenage sensation Theo Walcott (18) and Ricardo Fuller (25).
The host's woes deepened on 49 minutes as Philip Ifil was shown the red card for two bookable offences.
Norwich continued to struggle as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to QPR.
Marc Nygaard (11), Paul Furlong (18) and Georges Santos (42) scored for Ian Holloway's side as they moved into tenth spot.
Hull City jumped into the top half of the table as a late penalty granted them a 2-1 victory over Derby County, who had Andrew Davies dismissed.
Peter Taylor's side took the lead through Stuart Elliot (11) but Inigo Idiakez levelled matters from the penalty spot on 56 minutess.
However The Tigers were awarded their own spot kick with six minutes to go and Stuart Green held his nerve to claim the three points.
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| 6-1|| Crewe|
|Crystal Palace|| 2-0|| Burnley|
|Hull|| 2-1|| Derby|
|Ipswich|| 0-1|| Watford|
|Luton|| 1-1|| Plymouth|
|Millwall|| 0-2|| Southampton|
|QPR|| 3-0|| Norwich|
|Stoke|| 0-1|| Reading|
|Wolves|| 1-1|| Preston|