By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland stand alone at the top of The Championship after beating Coventry.Sunderland stand alone at the top of The Championship after beating Coventry City while Wigan were held by Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
The sides began the day level at the top, however Gareth Taylor's late goal secured a draw for Forest after Lee McCulloch's strike had The Latics ahead after the interval.
The Black Cats were made to fight for the three points at the Stadium of Light with Chris Brown's goal after 76 minutes settling the contest.
Ipswich missed the chance to close to within a point of Wigan after being held to a goalless draw at Gillingham, although they could easily have lost the game.
Preston are back in fourth following a 2-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.
Second half goals from David Nugent and Paul McKenna swung the contest The Lilywhites' way.
Stoke missed the chance to boost their play-off prospects after being held to a last-gasp draw at Wolves.
Gifton Noel-Williams' goal just before the break had Stoke in front before Carl Cort late's goal secured an unlikely 1-1 draw.
QPR are still in the hunt for a play-off spot following a 1-0 win over bottom of the table Rotherham at Millmoor.
Martin Rowlands' goal shortly after half time was enough to give Ian Holloway's side all three points.
Ade Akinbiyi marked his full Burnley debut with a goal but it was not enough as The Clarets lost 2-1 at Sheffield United.
Strikes from Alan Quinn and Andy Gray either side of half time was enough to ensure Akinbiyi's late goal was nothing more than a consolation.
Earlier in the day David Vaughan's second half goal earned Crewe a share of the spoils after his goal cancelled out Daniel Gabbidon's opener for Cardiff.
Click below for Championship summaries:
Cardiff 1-1 Crewe
Gillingham 0-0 Ipswich
N Forest 1-1 Wigan
Rotherham 0-1 QPR
Sheff Utd 2-1 Burnley
Sunderland 1-0 Coventry
Watford 0-2 Preston
Wolves 1-1 Stoke
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