BURNLEY STAY TOP, BUT WOLVES CLOSE GAP
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Burnley found themselves 2-0 down at half time to lowly Crewe following efforts from Kenny Lunt (17) and Steve Foster (28).
But The Clarets hit back midway through the second half when Welsh international Gareth Taylor struck, before substitute Andy Payton converted from the spot with just seven minutes left. That seemed to be it, but Crewe came back and looked to have grabbed a remarkable three points when Rob Hulse scored in the 90th minute.
However, yet more drama was to unfold as Payton pushed his claims for a regular starting berth with a second equaliser just moments later.
The point kept Burnley on top, but now Dave Jones's Wolves are a point adrift with a game in hand.
Wolves looked destined for a point at Molineux, but one of their many recent signings Shaun Newton popped up in the last minute to give them a 1-0 win over Forest to delight the majority of the 24,000 plus crowd.
Manchester City climbed to fourth as they comfortably beat Walsall 3-0 at Maine Road.
City's new talisman Ali Bernabia opened the scoring after 24 minutes, before Shaun Goater virtually killed the game off with his strike four minutes before the interval.
Costa Rican Paulo Wanhope rounded off the win with his penalty on the hour which was City's 15th goal in just four league games.
West Brom maintained their impressive start to the season with a tremendous 2-1 win at Portsmouth.
Croatian Robert Prosinecki put the home side in front after just six minutes, but the Baggies came back strong and Neil Clement levelled after 27 minutes.
Scott Dobie then stuck his eighth goal in eleven games for West Brom after 69 minutes to give Gary Megson's men all three points.
Crystal Palace kept pace with the Division's early pace setters with a 3-1 win at Sheffield United.
Jamie Smith opened the scoring after just 11 minutes, but Shane Nicholson levelled matters with just 16 minutes left. However, Dougie Freedman converted a penalty three minutes later to put the Eagles back in front before David Hopkin sealed the win with a last minute strike.
Caretaker Coventry boss Roland Nilsson was denied his fifth straight win, as Bruce Dyer equalised for Barnsley just ten minutes from time after substitute Jairo Martinez had put the Sky Blues ahead after 52 minutes.
Bradford suffered a shock 4-2 home loss to Stockport, who dominated proceedings at Valley Parade.
An early strike from Glynn Hurst (12) was equalised by Benito Carbone just before half time, but Scott Taylor put The Hatters back in-front just seven minutes into the second period.
Hurst then grabbed his second two minutes later to give Stockport a 3-1 lead, Andy Myers brought The Bantams back into the game just after the hour but Taylor struck his second just six minutes from time to give Andy Kilner's men a valuable win.
Grimsby suffered their second loss in a week after going down 2-1 at home to Gillingham.
Chris Hope had given The Gills the lead after 17 minutes and Marlon King doubled the away side's advantage just after the break.
Bradley Allen pulled one back with 15 minutes left to give Town hope of a comeback, but it never materialised as Gillingham held on for maximum points.
Wimbledon and Millwall stand 12th and 13th respectively, after playing out a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.
The Dons had took the lead after 23 minutes through David Connolly, only for Millwall to strike twice in a minute to send them into the interval in front. Tim Cahill hit the equaliser just a minute before the break and Republic of Ireland international Steven Reid made it two just 60 seconds later.
However, the South London derby ended all-square thanks to a 48 minute goal from Patrick Agyemang.
The final game of the evening saw Rotherham held at home by South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Martyn McIntosh had put The Millers in front just before the hour mark, but Ashley Westwood's goal ten minutes later meant the game ended 1-1.
Click below for match summaries:
Barnsley 1 Coventry 1
Bradford 2 Stockport 4
Burnley 3 Crewe 3
Grimsby 1 Gillingham 2
Manchester City 3 Walsall 0
Portsmouth 1 West Brom 2
Rotherham 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Sheffield United 1 Crystal Palace 3
Wimbledon 2 Millwall 2
Wolves 1 Nottingham Forest 0