There was better news elsewhere of errant strikers who at last justified their job descriptions. Coventry City's Mick Quinn, who had not scored since his Highbury hat-trick on the opening day of the season, scored twice as the Sky Blues beat Everton 2-1. And Sheffield Wednesday's Nigel Jemson claimed a couple at Portman Road as the dominant Owls beat Ipswich 4-1. The East Anglians have not won at home in the Premiership since 21 August.
Speaking of no-win situations, Wimbledon had not won a game since Joe Kinnear was named Manager Of The Month at the beginning of October, a familiar curse. But yesterday's visitors, Swindon Town, come with a home-banker guarantee and once John Fashanu had broken the deadlock with his first Premiership goals since August, it was not a matter of who would win but by how many would the Dons' triumph. It ended 3-0.
In Perth, Scott Booth's late scrambled equaliser for Aberdeen against St Johnstone kept the Dons at the top of the Scottish Premier but Motherwell are within a point of them after a comfortable 3-0 win at Raith.
Some astonishing comebacks distinguished the First Division. Crystal Palace and West Brom both spectacularly blew two-goal leads. Notts County, trailing to Chris Armstrong goals at Meadow Lane, fought back with a pair from Gary McSwegan and Gary Lund's headed winner. Bolton's comeback to draw at the Hawthorns was just as remarkable. Two-nil down at half-time with goalkeeper Aidan Davidson sent off, Scott Green's header and a West Brom sending off set the stage for Jason McAteer's rocketing equaliser.Reuse content