The Burnley manager Stan Ternent guided his side to the top of the First Division and then asked for more money to keep them at the summit. The Turf Moor side head the pile thanks to a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace – in Trevor Francis's first game in charge at Selhurst Park – and Wolves' surprise 1-0 home defeat to West Brom yesterday.
Ian Moore's two goals either side of Clinton Morrison's 38th-minute goal secured the three points but left Ternent hungry for bigger things. "Obviously I would like to get someone better than the players I have here," he admitted. "But we might be classed as having champagne tastes on beer money."
The former Birmingham manager Francis felt his side were unfortunate, but paid tribute to Burnely's efforts. "On the balance of play, we were undeserved losers," he said. "Burnley did well last season. But the difference this time is they are playing with incredible self-belief, and things are going for them at the moment."
Coventry maintained their challenge with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Wimbledon as on-loan Lee Mills, Lee Hughes and David Thompson fired them into third place.
The Portsmouth striker Mills is at Highfield Road for a month and manager Roland Nilsson said: ''His arrival has taken the pressure off Hughes because he is a target man, and that's the type of player we have needed at the club."
Free-scoring Manchester City took the points at Grimsby Town, courtesy of second-half goals from Darren Huckerby, from the penalty spot, and Shaun Goater.
"Grimsby will win against a lot of sides if they play like that," said Manchester City's manager Kevin Keegan. "We were the away side, yet we created a lot of chances. We just did not stick them in."
Grimsby manager Lennie Lawrence was unhappy with the penalty decision, given for a challenge on Huckerby by Danny Butterfield. "If such things take place in front of more than 2,000 visiting fans then you are going to get them given against you," he said.
The Millwall defender Sean Dyche's injury-time goal clinched victory just as it looked as though Bradford had secured a point at Valley Parade. Steve Claridge had put Millwall ahead before the break, but Robbie Blake levelled in added time only for Dyche to win it seconds later.
There were wins, too, for Rotherham at home to Walsall and Crewe at Stockport.
It finished level between Nottingham Forest and Nowich at the City Ground. Sheffield United and Preston drew 2-2 at Bramall Lane.Reuse content