WOLVES SLIP UP AS EAGLES CLOSE IN
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dave Jones's men would seemingly have been confident of dispatching Alexandra, but a solitary goal from Rob Hulse (pictured) after 53 minutes was enough to seal all three points for Crewe and send them into the top half of the table.
Palace moved into second place thanks to a brace from Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison (18 & 90), which saw off visitors Bradford at Selhurst Park. The Eagles are now within three points of top spot - with a game in hand.
West Bromwich Albion climbed into fourth spot, after a 2-1 win at lowly Stockport. Veteran striker Bob Taylor opened the scoring after 10 minutes, before adding a second, just after the hour mark. Karim Fradin pulled one back two minutes from time, but it was no moe than a consolation. The Hatters remain at the foot of the table.
Sheffield Wednesday stay just one place above Stockport, as they let a 1-0 lead slip at Hillsborough and went down 2-1 to Preston. Dutchman Gerald Sibon had put The Owls ahead after 27 minutes, but Mark Rankine (46) and transfer-listed Jon Macken (80) gave North End all three points.
The final game of the evening saw Manchester City lose yet more ground on the top sides, as they were held to a goalless draw at Maine Road by Sheffield United.