LONDON: English Division Ones 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 Zeeuws 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 clubs new owners, with a majority holding up cards in favour of keeping the clubs 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 clubs history to hit four goals in a league match and the first since Peter Withe in 1977.
David Johnson, the divisions top scorer, also netted for Forest to take his seasons tally to 24. Reuters