Football League: Norwich draw after stunning comeback, Portsmouth lose

A 98th-minute leveller shook Carrow Road, while bums squeak at the foot of League One and Sol Campbell secures a vital win

With leaders Leeds making a dramatic comeback against Blackburn, second-placed Norwich produced an equally riveting display by battling back from 3-0 down at home against Nottingham Forest – though Onel Hernández’s 98th-minute equaliser did not prevent the gap at the top widening to three points.

Two more promotion contenders faced off at Bramall Lane, where Leon Clarke put the finishing touches on a 3-1 win over Derby County that took Sheffield United to fourth. Elsewhere towards the top, Middlesbrough’s promotion hopes were dealt a blow by a former player as Adam Reach’s well-taken finish clinched a win for Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside, while Jay Rodriguez took his tally for the season to 12 by netting both in West Brom’s 2-0 defeat of Wigan.

Albion’s two fellow top-flight dropouts met at the Liberty Stadium, where Conor Hourihane’s goal was enough to earn victory for Dean Smith’s rejuvenated Aston Villa at the expense of Swansea. In Birmingham, Garry Monk oversaw a 2-0 defeat of Stoke that saw his side climb above the Potters.

In two key clashes in the battle to avoid the drop, Bolton edged past Rotherham thanks to Gary O’Neil’s smartly dispatched winner, and Jed Wallace’s vicious free-kick secured a vital victory for Millwall over nine-man Reading. Rock-bottom Ipswich are seven points off safety after their recent mini-revival was brought to an end with a defeat at QPR, who are neck and neck with Birmingham immediately underneath the play-off spots.

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