Elsewhere in the Premiership, Tottenham Hotspur and Swindon Town - Ossie Ardiles present and past - drew 1-1 at White Hart Lane. Swindon, still without a top-flight win, needed a Paul Bodin penalty to cancel out Jason Dozzell's assured strike. The former Ipswich man controlled a pass from David Kerslake and coolly beat his man before shooting past Fraser Digby.
Charlton Athletic's 1-0 win at Grimsby, thanks to a first-half goal from Ghanaian Kim Grant, lifted them to the top of the Endsleigh First Division. Crystal Palace were Derby's latest victims at the Baseball Ground. The Rams made it six wins out of six to go, well, sixth.
And Barry Fry's magic continues at Southend. They went fifth after a breezy 3-1 win at Barnsley, Ricky Otto scored two to add to last weekend's brace. Stoke, whose manager, Lou Macari, is about to move to Celtic, won a point at Wolves, striker Mark Stein, who could be moving to any one of four or five clubs, hitting the Potters' equaliser.
But the comeback of the day was at Vicarage Road where Watford, 3-0 adrift of Bolton six minutes into the second half, knew their stats. Wanderers had lost three successive away games. When Gary Porter scored twice in four minutes, Bolton panicked. Ken Charlery equalised and a minute from time Porter completed his hat- trick and a Watford recovery.
In Scotland, Aberdeen's 2-0 win over Dundee United pushed them level at the top of the Scottish Premier with Hibernian who were preparing for this afternoon's Scottish League Cup final against Rangers. Although the Glasgow side has won this trophy with monotonous regularity for the past decade, at least, Hibs know they're not invincible having beaten them in the 1991 semi- final before winning the Cup itself.
Rangers are in patchy form but hope striker Ally McCoist, playing only his third first-team match since recovering from a broken leg, will help them recover their air of domestic dominance.
But Hibs, as leaders of the Scottish Premier, are in dynasty-toppling mood and with wingers Kevin McAllister and Michael O'Neill have become a real attacking force.Reuse content