Burnley thwarted by frost while City fire blanks

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The First Division leaders, Burnley, were left frustrated after their game at Rotherham fell victim to a frozen Millmoor pitch, but Manchester City were unable to take full advantage.

City were reduced to 10 men after 49 minutes at Maine Road when Richard Edghill was sent off for a second bookable offence against West Bromwich Albion and were glad to hang on for a goalless draw. The striker Shaun Goater was the main culprit for Kevin Keegan's side, missing five clear opportunities to add to his 23 League goals this season.

Sheffield United stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-1 win at managerless Bradford City, beaten for the third game in succession. Carl Asaba grabbed both goals, firing home from the edge of the penalty area and then nipping between two defenders, before Ashley Ward pulled one back.

Afterwards the Bradford chairman, Geoffrey Richmond, ruled the former Bantams player Stan Collymore out of the running for the vacant manager's job at Valley Parade. "I would like to thank Stan for his interest but unfortunately we cannot consider it as a serious application," Richmond said.

Nottingham Forest ended a five-game winless run by overcoming high-flying Norwich 2-0 at the City Ground. Dave Prutton's left-foot shot fired Paul Hart's team in front while Stern John hit his 13th of the season.

Walsall's foreign legion lifted them above Sheffield Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Crewe. The Spanish defender Zigor Aranalde scored after 17 minutes and the Frenchman Frédéric Biancalani added the second. Rod Jack's first goal in 14 games gave Crewe some consolation.

In the morning kick-offs, Millwall kept on the heels of the leading pack with a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace, who were shattered by three goals in five second-half minutes. Steve Claridge netted the first and Richard Sadlier added a brace.

Marlon King's 12th of the season put Gillingham on track for a 2-0 win over Portsmouth, Paul Shaw adding the second.

Stockport lost their seventh consecutive game, 3-1 at home to Barnsley, to remain rooted to the foot of the log. Mike Sheron, a Carlton Palmer own goal and Chris Morgan put Barnsley in charge. Shefki Kuqi made it 3-1 with seven minutes remaining.

Wimbledon's game with Watford was postponed because of a frozen Selhurst Park pitch.

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