Victory lifts West Bromwich on top of Division One

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  • Monday, 27 Oct 2003

LONDON: West Bromwich Albion replaced Wigan Athletic at the top of the English first division on Saturday when they won 3-0 at Rotherham United and Wigan lost for the first time in 17 matches at Walsall. 

WBA, relegated from the premier league last season, moved on to 31 points from their 15 matches, one more than Wigan, who crashed 2-0 at Walsall. Wigan, promoted from the second division, have also played one more match than WBA. 

Two second half goals from Rob Hulse, celebrating his 24th birthday, and a first half own goal from Shaun Barker gave WBA all three points at Millmoor. 

Meanwhile, two goals from Darren Wrack within nine second half minutes ended Wigan's long unbeaten run. 

Norwich City moved up from seventh to third by maintaining their 100 percent record at Carrow Road with a seventh successive victory and a 1-0 win over Sunderland who had started the day in third place. 

Norwich won with a Damien Francis goal after 33 minutes and Sunderland's miserable afternoon was completed when John Oster was sent off in the second half. 

West Ham United moved up one place to sixth after a goalless game at Cardiff City, the Londoners' fourth draw on the trot. 

At the other end of the table Wimbledon stayed bottom and were left still searching for their first home win at their new base at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes after losing 3-1 to Watford. 

Paul Devlin scored two of Watford's goals, his first since his move from Birmingham City in September. 

Bradford City remained mired in trouble one place above Wimbledon after losing 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest who won with a 90th minute goal from Andy Reid. 

Bradford went ahead through Michael Branch after 15 minutes, but Eoin Jess equalised for Forest after 78 minutes before Reid scored to end Forest's run of seven matches without a victory. – Reuters 

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