WOLVES CLOSE GAP ON CLARETS
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
On-loan signing from Leicester City Dean Sturridge celebrated his debut with the winning goal seven minutes from time.
Norwich City moved into third place with a hard-fought 2-1 win over struggling Barnsley at Carrow Road.
Phil Mulryne grabbed the late winner eight minutes from time after Chris Barker had cancelled out Iwan Roberts' opener for the home side with his first ever goal for The Tykes.
Preston North End climbed up to fourth with a superb 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Deepdale as Palace fell three places to sixth with the defeat.
North End had to fight back from going a goal behind to Dougie Freedman's 16th minute opener to take all three points.
In-form striker Richard Cresswell drew the sides level after 52 minutes with his fifth goal in six games and Graham Alexander netted the winner from the penalty spot ten minutes from time.
West Brom moved up a place to fifth with a narrow 1-0 win over improving Bradford at The Hawthorns.
Derek McInnes grabbed the only goal of the game after 40 minutes with his second of the season to give The Baggies the spoils.
Two goals in two minutes gave Gillingham a surprise 2-1 win over Millwall at The New Den.
Tim Cahill had fired the Lions in front after 69 minutes, but Guy Ipoua drew the visitors level seven minutes from time and Marlon King netted the winner just two minutes later.
Ali Benarbia's late strike gave Manchester City a hard-fought 2-1 win over battling Rotherham United at Maine Road.
Chris Swailes had fired the visitors in front after 24 minutes with his fifth goal of the season, but City grabbed an equaliser two minutes before the break with a goal from Christian Negouai on his home debut.
Sheffield Wednesday moved out of the bottom three with a 5-0 thumping of basement boys Stockport County at Hillsborough.
Danny Maddix opened the floodgates after 37 minutes with his second goal for the club and Gerald Sibon doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 70 minutes.
Owen Morrisson netted the third after 83 minutes and Wednesday wrapped up the victory with two further goals in as many minutes.
Trond Soltvedt grabbed the fourth five minutes from time and Efan Ekoku celebrated his return from injury with the fifth a minute from time to compound a miserable afternoon for County boss and former Wednesday ace Carlton Palmer.
Nottingham Forest moved into 12th spot with a convincing 3-0 over Crewe at Gresty Road.
David Johnson grabbed a brace after 11 and 55 minutes for his fifth goals for the club and Stern John wrapped up the victory eight minutes from time with the third and final goal.
Sheffield United fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 over Walsall in a fiery encounter at The Bescot Stadium.
Darren Wrack had fired the home side in front after 21 minutes and things looked bad for the visitors when they were reduced to ten men with Ben Doane sent-off for serious foul play.
The Blades drew level after 43 minutes through Michael Brown and they took the lead on the stroke of half-time with a Shane Nicholson penalty after the home side were reduced to ten men when Ian Roper was dismissed for a professional foul.
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Crewe 0-3 Nott`m Forest
Manchester City 2-1 Rotherham
Millwall 1-2 Gillingham
Norwich 2-1 Barnsley
Preston 2-1 Crystal Palace
Sheffield Wed 5-0 Stockport
Walsall1-2 Sheffield United
West Brom 1-0 Bradford
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