CLARETS EXTEND LEAD AT THE TOP
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A brace from Andy Johnson brought The Blues level twice replying to goals from Glenn Little and Ian Moore. Stan Ternents side earned their first win at St Andrews in 40 years when Little grabbed his second after 71 minutes.
Draw specialists Sheffield United finally managed their first win of the season at Edgeley Park to leave Stockport rooted to the foot of the table. Shane Nicholson's 29-minute penalty gave The Blades the lead and Peter Ndlovu doubled the advantage four minutes later while a late Leo Roget penalty was not enough for the home side.
Steve Bruce's Crystal Palace recorded the win of the night with a 5-0 demolition of Grimsby Town at Selhurst Park. The Mariners defence was torn apart with two goals from Tony Popovic adding to strikes from Jovan Kirovski, Dougie Freedman and Clinton Morrison to complete the win.
Norwich are now five points behind The Clarets in second place after recording a 3-1 win over much-fancied Watford at Carrow Road. Iwan Roberts, Steen Nedergaard and Malky Mackay got the goals for The Canaries while Ramon Vega replied for Gianluca Vialli's stuttering Hornets.
Wolves moved level on points with Portsmouth in third after a thrilling 3-2 win against Gillingham at the Priestfield. Newcomers Nathan Blake and Kenny Miller looked to have given Dave Jones side the points, especially when Barry Ashby received his marching orders ten minutes after half time.
Guy Ipoa grabbed one back for The Gills with six minutes left and Marlon King scored a last minute penalty that looked to have earned his side an unlikely point before Shaun Newton bagged the winner in stoppage time.
West Brom continued their recent improvement in form thanks to a Scott Dobie brace that gave them a 2-0 win over Preston at The Hawthorns. The former Carlisle man is quickly erasing any thoughts of Lee Hughes as he fired in after 26 and 70 minutes to take his tally to six goals in four games.
Wimbledon got the perfect start away at Crewe when Wayne Brown scored after just two minutes. David Connolly, Kevin Cooper and David Nielsen then all scored to give The Dons a confortable 4-0 win.
Bruce Dyer gave Barnsley the lead at Millwall but two goals from veteran Steve Claridge and one from Tim Cahill gave the Lions the points.
Portsmouth failed to improve on their good start as they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Walsall.
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Birmingham 2-3 Burnley
Crewe 0-4 Wimbledon
Crystal Palace 5-0 Grimsby
Gillingham 2-3 Wolves
Millwall 3-1 Barnsley
Norwich 3-1 Watford
Stockport 1-2 Sheffield United
Walsall 0-0 Portsmouth
West Brom 2-0 Preston