Duke on target as Wigan win
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nathan 'The Duke' Ellington notched the opener on 36 minutes, his 16th goal of the season, as Wigan took the early initiative.
Jason de Vos added a second on the hour mark to clinch the three points.
Bristol City jumped above opponents Cardiff City later on Saturday with a 2-0 win at Ninian Park.
A solid display from Danny Wilson's side saw The Robins take the lead in the 49th minute courtesy of a coolly taken penalty from Brian Tinnion.
Christian Roberts then sealed the game when he poked home the second in the 76th minute to stun the Welsh fans and send City up into second spot.
Notts County brought sixth-placed QPR crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 victory over the London outfit.
Richard Liburd put The Magpies ahead on seven minutes and Nick Fenton doubled the advantage after 14 minutes as QPR's defence was all at sea.
Danny Allsopp completed the scoring with 83 minutes on the clock to guide County away from the relegation dog-fight.
Crewe kept up their promotion push with a 2-0 win over Barnsley.
Goals from Steven Foster (7) and Rodney Jack (82) saw Alex move within one point of Oldham in fourth.
Colchester United upset Luton Town at Kenilworth Road with a 2-1 win.
Andrew Fotiadis put The Hatters in front on 35 minutes but strikes from Karl Duguid (45) and Dean Morgan (58) downed Town.
Mansfield Town remain bottom despite a 4-0 thrashing of Blackpool.
Isyeden Christie got the ball rolling netting after nine minutes before Liam Lawrence doubled the lead in the 56th minute.
A quick-fire brace from Colin Larkin (74, 76) capped a fine win for The Stags.
Wycombe left it late to seal a 3-1 win over Port Vale.
Andy Thomson shot Wanderers in front on 40 minutes before Ian Armstrong levelled for Vale four minutes after the half-time interval.
Sean Devine was the match hero coverting a 75th minute penalty to restore Wycombe's lead and sealed the points with another effort deep into stoppage time.
Huddersfield Town recorded a vital three points with a 2-1 triumph over Stockport County.
A brace from Martin Smith (27, 83) rendered Keith Briggs's 74th minute strike irrelevant.
Northampton were hammered 4-0 by Tranmere Rovers at Sixfields with goals from Simon Haworth (10, 66), Ryan Taylor 71 and Alexander Hay 76 completing a miserable afternoon for Town.
Peterborough won the six-pointer against Cheltenham by a convincing 4-1 margin.
Jason Lee scored the opener after 19 minutes and Andy Clarke made it 2-0 on 28 minutes.
Lee grabbed his second in the 37th minute before Richard Forsyth reduced the arrears sixty seconds after the interval.
Clarke completed the rout late on as Posh bagged some well-needed points.
Plymouth and Swindon Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Home Park.
Andy Gurney shot The Robins ahead on 77 minutes before Lee Hodges levelled with a late penalty for Argyle.
For the match summaries click below
Brentford v Chesterfield
Cardiff v Bristol City
Crewe v Barnsley
Huddersfield v Stockport
Luton v Colchester
Mansfield v Blackpool
Northampton v Tranmere
Notts County v QPR
Oldham v Wigan
Peterborough v Cheltenham
Plymouth v Swindon
Wycombe v Port Vale
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