Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nationwide Review

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nationwide Review

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There were celebrations before kick-off and after the final whistle as Norwich recorded a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest to move three points clear at the top of Division One.

Before the match, Norwich fans were informed that on-loan former Newcastle striker Darren Huckerby had joined the club on a permanent basis from Manchester City after a week of negotiations.

And 90 minutes later the home supporters were also able to salute a hard-earned victory, with Matthias Svensson's 14th-minute goal separating the two sides.

Manager Nigel Worthington was well satisfied. "Between getting three points at Ipswich, signing Darren Huckerby and getting three more points today it hasn't been a bad Christmas," said the Norwich boss. "The most important thing today was getting the three points. Yes, we have played a lot better but I seem to remember West Brom getting promoted with a lot of 1-0 wins a few seasons back so I'm not complaining."

West Brom missed the chance to re-take the Division One lead and were indebted to Thomas Gaardsoe's 90th-minute equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Derby.

Trailing to Candido Costa's 86th-minute goal, the Danish defender ensured that at least the Baggies temporarily drew level on points with top side Norwich.

Third-placed Sheffield United took advantage to move within two points after they beat Coventry 1-0 thanks to Jack Lester's 56th-minute penalty.

Wigan, in fourth before yesterday's game, went down 2-1 to Rotherham, who host Sunderland tomorrow. That defeat allowed Ipswich to move into fourth after a second-half brace from substitute Pablo Counago snatched a 2-1 victory at West Ham. Jermain Defoe had given the Hammers the lead just after half-time but the Spaniard, on as a 57th-minute substitute, won a penalty with 20 minutes to go - from which he scored - and then grabbed the winner moments later.

Reading's decline since Alan Pardew's departure to West Ham continued as bottom club Wimbledon won only their fifth game of the season. …

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