Portsmouth maintain two-point lead after narrow win

LONDON: English Division One’s leading pair, Portsmouth and Leicester City, won again on Saturday while Marlon Harewood hit four goals as Nottingham Forest crushed Stoke City 6-0. 

Portsmouth maintained their two-point lead over Leicester at the top thanks to Arjan de Zeeuw’s second-half goal which sealed a 1-0 victory over Gillingham. 

Leicester had a far easier time against Wimbledon, winning 4-0 with Paul Dickov scoring a hat-trick. 

Their fans also sent a clear message to the club’s new owners, with a majority holding up cards in favour of keeping the club’s name of Leicester City, not their original name of Leicester Fosse as has been proposed. 

Portsmouth have 70 points from 33 games, with Leicester on 68. 

Third-placed Reading maintained their slim hope of snatching one of the two automatic promotion slots with a 3-0 home victory over Rotherham United, their fifth successive league win. 

Reading have 58 points, four more than Forest, who went on the rampage against Stoke. 

Harewood completed a hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes, and went on to become the eighth player in the club’s history to hit four goals in a league match and the first since Peter Withe in 1977.  

David Johnson, the division’s top scorer, also netted for Forest to take his season’s tally to 24. – Reuters  

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