City reclaim top spot
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Algerian midfielder Ali Benarbia fired the visitors in front after 28 minutes with his seventh goal of the season and the in-form Darren Huckerby doubled the lead on the stroke of half time with his 19th strike of the campaign.
Crewe pulled a goal back after 54 minutes through Rodney Jack, but Shaun Goater restored City's two-goal advantage with the third goal 15 minutes from time.
The win lifts Kevin Keegan's men two points above Wolves in the battle to win the league title.
Birmingham boosted their promotion hopes with a superb 3-1 win at Bradford City.
Darren Purse gave the visitors the lead after just six minutes and Stern John grabbed his second goal in four days after 31 minutes to double the lead.
Scottish international Eoin Jess gave Bradford hope with a goal on the stroke of half time, but Geoff Horsfield wrapped up the win with the third eight minutes from time.
The win lifts Steve Bruce's side into seventh spot just five points off the final play-off spot.
Wimbldeon piled the pressure back on under-fire Portmouth boss Graham Rix as they came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Fratton Park.
Loan signing from Real Mallorca, Leonardo Biagini, gave Pompey a dream start with the opening goal after just four minutes, but second half goals from Kevin Cooper (77) and Republic of Ireland international David Connolly (84) gave The Dons the spoils.
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