BURNLEY GO TOP AS BAGGIES SAG
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It was Gareth Taylor that set The Clarets on their way with an 11th minute strike and highly rated Glen Little doubled the advantage just after the half hour.
Stan Ternent's side now find themselves three points clear, although Wolverhampton have three games in hand on them.
At Millmoor it was Chris Swailes that was the home side's hero with the first goal of the game, in the 23rd minute as he headed powerfully into the net to give them the win. With 20 minutes to go a great run from Adie Monkhouse saw him deliver a perfect ball to Alan Lee who cut inside and crashed the ball home for the second.
Darren Moore grabbed a consolation for The Baggies in injury time, but it was too little, too late and Rotherham got all three points.
It was a day for the home side as Crystal Palace thrashed Crewe 4-1 at Selhurst Park, although they needed some help to do so as Dave Walton headed into his own net in the 25th minute to open the scoring.
Dougie Freedman & Julian Gray opened the defence up on the right and the former's cross span in off Walton's head.
An outstanding finish from Clinton Morrison made it two, before Jovan Kirovski drove in a third in the 34th minute. Dean Ashton gave the visitors brief hope with a consolation effort, five minutes before the break but Freedman completed the scoring in injury time at the end of the first period.
Managerless Birmingham City looked in need of guidance as they were thumped 4-0 at Bramall Lane. Nick Montgomery opened the scoring just after the quarter hour and Michael Brown hit a stunning dipping 25-yard volley past Nico Vaessen in the 65th minute to seal the points.
Paul Peschisolido completed The Blues' misery with a late double strike (79, 82) as Birmingham's promotion drive appears well and truly stalled.
A late Kevin Cooper goal saved Wimbledon at Barnsley as his 87th minute equaliser cancelled out Bruce Dyer's opener.
It was a similar situation at Blundell Park as Steve Claridge's 10th goal of the season in injury time gave Millwall a 2-2 draw with Grimsby.
The Mariners went in front in the 49th minute through Jonathan Rowan who got up well at the far post to head home. Richard Sadlier equalised with a quarter of an hour left, but all seemed well for Grimsby when Danny Butterfield's low cross was smashed home by Michael Boulding from ten yards.
However, Claridge popped up with a clinical strike in the 90th minute to give Millwall a share of the spoils.
Freescoring Bradford eased to a 2-0 win over Walsall thanks to Scottish star Eoin Jess and Juanjo. Jess got his 11th goal of the season in the 35th minute and Spanish forward Juanjo opened his Bantams account in the 79th minute to make it comfortable for the Yorkshire side.
Nottingham Forest and Preston battled to a 1-1 draw at the City Ground as Jermaine Jennas's stunning opener after just eight minutes, his curling effort flying past David Lucas, was matched by Richard Creswell five minutes from the break.
Earlier in the day Portsmouth had beaten Manchester City 2-1, despite going a goal down.
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Barnsley 1 Wimbledon 1
Bradford 2 Walsall 0
Coventry 0 Burnley 2
Crystal Palace 4 Crewe 1
Grimsby 2 Millwall 2
Nott`m Forest 1 Preston 1
Portsmouth 2 Manchester City 1
Rotherham 2 West Brom 1
Sheffield United 4 Birmingham 0
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