City within four points of Premiership
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A stunning hat-trick from Darren Huckerby gave The Citizens all three points as the edged closer to a return to the top-flight, at the first time of asking.
Kevin Keegan's side secured the in five first half minutes, when Huckerby struck twice (40 & 45).
The Citizens completed the win with just four minutes from time when Huckerby claimed the match ball with a penalty that puts City within touching distance of The Premiership.
Wolves made sure that the gap between themselves and Black Country rivals West Brom remained at three points, as they came through a tough test at Burnley to win 3-2.
Dean Sturridge had opened the scoring after just nine minutes and then doubled his and Wolves' tally just before the half-hour mark.
Scottish international Colin Cameron then made it 3-0 just before the half time and Wolves looked well on their way to victory.
Burnley pulled one back just a minute into the second period when Ian Moore struck, but their hopes of a comeback looked to be ruined when former Middlesbrough winger Alan Moore was sent off for violent conduct.
However, on-loan star David Johnson struck just five minutes from time to give the Turf Moor faithful hope, but Wolves managed to hang-on for three extremely valuable points.
West Brom maintained their pursuit of an automatic place with a comfortable 3-1 win over Barnsley at The Hawthorns.
Portuguese midfielder Jordao grabbed his third goal in two games after 32 minutes and Daniele Dichio secured the points when he scored just before the hour.
Trevor Benjamin capped an impressive debut when he rifled home after 65 minutes. Welsh international Darren Barnard added a late consolation for The Tykes, who are deep in relegation trouble.
Millwall got their season back on course and ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over already relegated Stockport.
Dion Dublin grabbed a goal on his Millwall debut after just 12 minutes and he played a major part in the second, when his goal-bound effort was deflected into the path of Stuart Nethercott who finished with ease.
Paul Ifill completed the scoring with just three minutes remaining to make sure The Lions remained in the play-offs.
Birmingham climbed into the play-offs at the expense of Midlands rivals Coventry with a 4-0 win over Grimsby at St Andrews.
Midfielder Bryan Hughes grabbed a first half brace (22 & 31) before Stern John made it three just after the interval. Northern Irish international Damien Johnson completed the scoring after 64 minutes.
Preston made sure they are still in the tick of the promotion picture with a 2-0 home win over Portsmouth.
Dutchman Clyde Wijnhard grabbed his first goal for the club after 64 minutes. Pompey's new Bulgarian striker Svetoslav Todorov made sure he would not be repeating the feat of Wijnhard as he was sent off just minutes later.
Graham Alexander wrapped up the points for North End with a 70th minute penalty.
Norwich's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace means that there is just three points separating Burnley in fourth and The Canaries in ninth.
Danish striker opened the scoring after 42 minutes and former Spurs striker Paul McVeigh made it 2-0 just three minutes later.
The Eagles pulled one back just after the interval when Irish international Clinton Morrison struck, but Norwich held on which almost certainly banishes any lingering hopes Palace had of making the play-offs.
Wimbledon maintained their mid-table placing with a 1-0 win over Rotherham at Selhurst Park. England youth international Lionel Morgan grabbed the only goal of the game after 17 minutes.
The Millers day was compounded late on when Paul Hurst saw red.
Walsall were denied a crucial win by Gillingham at The Bescot Stadium, when the Kent side equalised three minutes from time.
Herivelto had given The Saddlers the lead after 32 points and Colin Lee's men looked as if they would record the win, but Mark Saunders popped up in the 87th minute to deny the home side.
Like Walsall, Crewe were also denied three precious points with a late comeback as Sheffield United denied Alexandra at Gresty Road.
Laurent D'Jaffo gave The Blades the lead after 40 minutes, but Crewe were ahead before half time when Rob Hulse (43) and Steve Foster (45) scored.
However, Dario Gradi's side could not hang-on as Blades full back Ben Doane rifled home a 35-yard drive with just 18 minutes left.
Click below for match summaries:
Birmingham 4-0 Grimsby
Burnley 2-3 Wolverhampton
Crewe 2-2 Sheff Utd
Man City 3-0 Nottm Forest
Millwall 3-0 Stockport
Norwich 2-1 Crystal Palace
Preston 2-0 Portsmouth
Walsall 1-1 Gillingham
West Brom 3-1 Barnsley
Wimbledon 1-0 Rotherham