COVENTRY GO TOP WITH OWLS WIN
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Youssef Safri put The Sky Blues in front six minutes before the break and Lee Hughes doubled from the penalty spot four minutes after the hour mark.
City have now won eight and drawn two games since Nilsson took over from Gordon Strachan and the side have also now kept five consecutive clean sheets - showing the pedigree that made them the pre-season favourites for promotion.
Bottom club Stockport's woes continued as they fell to a 4-0 defeat to Millwall at Edgeley Park.
Tim Cahill and Stephen Reid put the Lions two in front and then Steve Claridge hit a brace either side of half time - the second from the penalty spot - to lift Mark McGhee's side to seventh and mount pressure on beleaguered County boss Andy Kilner.
One place above are Preston who continued their own drastic improvement after a poor start to the campaign, winning 1-0 at Portsmouth through Lee Cartwright's goal on the stroke of half time.
Bradford returned to form beating Watford 4-3, with Eoin Jess hitting a hat-trick.
Matthew Etherington put The Bantams ahead on his debut after his loan move from Tottenham, and although Helguson hit back after Jess had put the home side three-up, the former Aberdeen man completed his treble and seemed to have secured victory. However, Tommy Smith netted twice in the space of the last 15 minutes to reduce the deficit to one - but Jim Jefferies' side held on for the win.
Perhaps the most extraordinary match came at Millmoor, where Rotherham went two-nil behind to Wimbledon through David Connelly's strike and Joel McAnuff's first goal for the Dons inside ten minutes, but recovered to win.
Chris Swailes and Mark Robins' penalty got The Millers level before the break and then Martin McIntosh hit the winner 14 minutes from time.
In what could prove to be a relegation six-pointer, Gillingham beat Walsall with goals from David Perpetuini and Guy Ipoua.
Finally, Michael Tonge's first goal for Sheffield United gave them a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra.
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Bradford 4 Watford 3
Coventry 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Gillingham 2 Walsall 0
Portsmouth 0 Preston 1
Rotherham 3 Wimbledon 2
Sheffield United 1 Crewe 0
Stockport 0 Millwall 4
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