De Vos gives Latics another win
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Canadian international Jason de Vos again got the all-important winner for the table-topping Latics mid-way through the second half at Vale Park.
Paul Jewell's men go seven points clear at the top after their seventh straight victory.
Bristol City went above promotion rivals Cardiff City into second place in Division Two, despite a 0-0 home draw with West Country rivals Plymouth Argyle.
The Robins went above The Bluebirds on goal difference after Luton Town got two goals in the last ten minutes to beat Cardiff 2-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Former Bristol City player Tony Thorpe put The Hatters in front on 80 minutes and Steven Howard sealed the points for Joe Kinnear's side with a second goal in the last minute.
Lennie Lawrence's return to his old club ended up being an unpleasant experience as the Ninian Park outfit dropped out of the automatic promotion places.
Crewe moved to within two points of Bristol City and Cardiff City with an emphatic 4-0 win at lowly Cheltenham Town.
The Railwaymen ran out to a 3-0 half-time lead thanks to goals by Dean Ashton, David Vaughan and Rodney Jack while David Brammer made it four with a penalty in the second period.
The second half saw things get worse for Graham Allner's men as Michael Duff and Neil Howarth were both sent off, leaving the Whaddon Road side to finish with nine men.
Oldham Athletic remain fourth after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool.
John Murphy had given the visiting Seasiders a 1-0 lead in the first half but Will Haining equalised just before the break as both sides took a share of the points.
QPR got first half goals from Matthew Rose and Kevin Gallen to beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Loftus Road.
Jonny Dixon got a late consolation for The Chairboys with 11 minutes remaining.
Tranmere Rovers got goals from Shane Nicholson and Gareth Roberts to see off Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the McAlpine Stadium.
Martin Smith did reply for The Terriers with 12 minutes remaining but it was not enough to send Mick Wadworth's men to the foot of the table.
Brentford slipped out of the play-off spots after going down to a 2-1 defeat at Swindon Town.
Andy King's men took the lead after two minutes through Andy Gurney and made the points safe in the second half when Sam Parkin made it 2-0.
Rowan Vine got one back for The Bees with 14 minutes remaining, as the visitors finished the match with ten men as Jamie Fullarton was sent off for a professional foul.
Chesterfield snatched all three points at Northampton Town after Shayne Bradley scored the decisive winner with two minutes remaining at the Sixfields Stadium.
Keith Curle's Mansfield Town are off the bottom of the table after a superb 4-2 home victory over Stockport County.
The visitors took the lead after three minutes through a Rhys Day own-goal but Iyseden Christie quickly equalised three minutes later for The Stags.
Stockport took a 2-1 lead into the break after Ben Burgess scored from the penalty spot but the second period brought a three-goal revival from the Field Mill club.
Wayne Corden brought Mansfield level again three minutes after the break with a penalty and Craig Disley scored what proved to be the winner eight minutes later.
Corden sealed the points for the home side with his second and Mansfield's fourth with 11 minutes to go.
Notts County twice came from a goal down to beat struggling Barnsley 3-2 at Meadow Lane.
The Tykes went in front in the first minute through Kevin Betsy but Mark Stallard soon equalised from the penalty spot 13 minutes later as both sides went into the break drawing 1-1.
The visitors grabbed the advantage again as Bruce Dyer made it 2-1 just after the hour mark.
Things were made more difficult for Billy Dearden's men after Richard Liburd was sent off for two yellow cards.
However, The Magpies drew level through Ian Richardson with 12 minutes to go and in the dying moments, Ian Baraclough scored a dramatic winner for the home side.
Barry Fry's Peterborough United came-from-behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Colchester United.
The U's had gone in front through Kemal Izzet just before half-time but Andy Clarke's equaliser with eight minutes left saw both sides share a point at Layer Road.
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Nationwide Division Two
Bristol City 0-0 Plymouth
Cheltenham 0-4 Crewe
Colchester 1-1 Peterborough
Huddersfield 1-2 Tranmere
Luton 0-2 Cardiff
Mansfield 4-2 Stockport
Northampton 0-1 Chesterfield
Notts County 3-2 Barnsley
Oldham 1-1 Blackpool
Port Vale 0-1 Wigan
QPR 2-1 Wycombe
Swindon 2-1 Brentford
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