In fact the four bottom clubs are now looking even further adrift with only Stoke picking up a point over the weekend although what a good point it was. They looked down and out at half time at Norwich trailing 2-0 but came back with goals from Bjarni Gunnarsson and Lee Mills to snatch a point.
Walsall are the next club and they were able to put more than daylight between them when they beat bottom club Brighton with an early goal from Jorge Leitao.
David Johnson is back amongst the goals. He scored a week ago in one of the ‘We are out of the cup’ re-arranged league games at Preston and was on the mark again this week with a stoppage time winner at Franchise. Shame on the Forest fans too, far too many of them turned up giving the Pariahs an almost decent looking attendance of over 3,300.
There were no slip ups at the top and both Portsmouth and Leicester won home games whilst 3rd place Sheffield United slipped up with a 1-0 defeat at Millwall. They have two games in hand but Saturday’s results have now left them nine points behind Leicester.
Unfortunately I think we do have to give the performance of the week to Reading, for a side that had scored just twelve goals away from home all season to get five was not bad going.
It’s still tight and there are only fifteen points between Forest in 4th place and Walsall in 20th place in the league although the way things are going the automatic promotion and relegation positions do seem to be between a very select few.
There’s just one midweek game this week and virtually a full fixture list at weekend. They are as follows with kick off at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise shown:
Tuesday 4th February
Brighton and Hove Albion v Franchise (7:45 p.m.)
Saturday 8th February
Brighton and Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Coventry City v Burnley
Franchise v Bradford City
Grimsby Town v Stoke City
Ipswich Town v Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace (5:35 p.m.)
Portsmouth v Derby County
Preston North End v Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City
Walsall v Leicester City
Watford v Rotherham United
Leading Goalscorers (League Only)
21: David Johnson (Nottm. Forest)
14: David Connolly (Franchise)
13: Svetoslav Todorov (Portsmouth)
12: Darren Byfield (Rotherham)
12: Paul Dickov (Leicester)
12: Alan Lee (Rotherham)
11: Richard Cresswell (Preston)
11: Andy Gray (Bradford)
11: Paul McVeigh (Norwich)
11: Neil Shipperley (Franchise)
10: Pablo Counago (Ipswich)
9: Nathan Blake (Wolves)
9: Steve Claridge (Millwall)
9: Brian Deane (Leicester)
9: Ricardo Fuller (Preston)
9: Marlon Harewood (Nottm. Forest)
9: Steve Kabba (Sheffield United incl 6 for Grimsby and 1 for Palace)
9: Gareth Taylor (Burnley)
8: Carl Asaba (Sheffield United)
8: Robbie Blake (Burnley)
8: Jay Bothroyd (Coventry)
8: Malcolm Christie (Derby)
8: Heidar Helguson (Watford)
8: Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
8: Junior (Walsall)
8: Jorge Leitao (Walsall)
8: Gary McAllister (Coventry)