Peschisolido keeps Blades top as Dons are defeated

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The First Division leaders, Sheffield United, were given a fright by Wimbledon but the bottom-of-the-table Dons eventually lost out after threatening to record their first victory at the National Hockey Stadium.

After their draw with Burnley at the weekend in their first game at Milton Keynes, Wimbledon started well and Adam Nowland struck the first goal after 49 minutes. But Ashley Ward brought the Blades level just after the hour-mark.

Although Sheffield United rarely managed to reproduce their top form, their doggedness told in the second half and Paul Peschisolido struck after 68 minutes to earn Neil Warnock's side maximum points from a 2-1 win.

Rotherham earned their second win of the season with their 3-0 triumph over Stoke at Millmoor. The hosts took the lead through a Darren Byfield penalty and Rotherham scored twice for the first time this season when Martin Butler gave the Millers a two-goal cushion six minutes into the second half, Butler recording a third in injury-time.

Paul McVeigh chose the perfect time to end his goal drought as his late strike earned Norwich a 2-1 victory over Reading at Carrow Road. Darren Huckerby had given Norwich a 17th-minute lead but Nicky Forster levelled for Reading.

Burnley and Watford shared a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road with Luke Chadwick equalising for the visitors after Scott Fitzgerald had opened the scoring. Paulo Vernazza was sent off for Watford while Robbie Blake missed a penalty for Burnley.

Lee Morris scored twice to give Derby a 2-1 victory at Bradford, with Andy Gray scoring for City.

Stephen McPhee was Port Vale's hero as they held on to top spot in the Second Division. He scored twice while Sam Collins added another to give Vale a 3-0 win.

Brighton kept the pressure on with a 3-1 win at Rushden, goals from Guy Butters, Leon Knight and Zeshan Rehman helping the Seagulls move into second place in the table.