Pompey hit Derby for six
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pompey had been 3-0 up, courtesy of Paul Merson, Yakubu Ayegbeni and Matty Taylor, but were given a scare when goals from Lee Morris and Georgi Kinkladze pulled things back to 3-2.
However, a Svetoslav Todorov brace and Ayegbeni's second made things safe.
Leicester also picked up a fine win - with Paul Dickov, Matt Elliott registering goals and James Scowcroft a brace - and Walsall only bagging a consolation through Martin O'Connor.
Nottingham Forest picked up a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace that pushes them into third - with Michael Dawson's early strike cancelled out by an Andrew Johnson penalty, before a fine run and goal from Marlon Harewood sealed the points for Paul Hart's side.
Sheffield United must have thought they had the points in the bag against Ipswich - leading through Peter Ndlovu and Dean Windass with Paolo Counago sent off for the hosts.
However in an unbelievable come-back Ipswich grabbed a 3-2 win, with Marcus Bent bagging a brace to sandwich a strike from Darren Ambrose.
Wolves were embarrassed by Brighton, who eased to a 4-1 victory at home.
Bobby Zamora, Dean Blackwell, Paul Brooker and Gary Hart all on target for Brighton - with Kenny Miller scoring for Wolves.
Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to pick up 2-2 draw against Norwich City - with Carl Robinson and Alan Quinn scoring for The Owls, to cancel out strikes from Iwan Roberts and David Healy.
Grimsby moved out of the relegation places with a 2-0 over Stoke that sees them leapfrog their opposition.
Michael Boulding and Christopher Thompson scored the goals for The Mariners, whilst Stoke's misery was compounded by the dismissal of Sergei Stanyuck.
Burnley's unpredictable form continued with a fine 1-0 win away to Coventry City - with defender Ian Cox heading home a first half-winner.
Preston also picked up a win, defeating Milwall 2-1, with a late goal from Christophe Kinet coming too late for The Lions after goals from Eddie Lewis and Lee Cartwright.
Rotherham proved too good for Watford on their travels, coming from behind to a Tommy Smith goal to win courtesy of goals from Martin McIntosh and Chris Swailes.
Finally Wimbledon drew 2-2 with Bradford, with goals from Gareth Ainsworth and Neil Shipperley cancelling out strikes from Claus Jorgensen and Ashley Ward.