|CRYSTAL PAL.||1-1||LEEDS UNITED||MIDDLESBROUGH||0-2||BURNLEY|
|DONCASTER||0-0||CARDIFF CITY||NOTTINGHAM F.||0-3||SOUTHAMPTON|
|HULL CITY||1-0||PETERBOROUGH||PORTSMOUTH||0-1||WEST HAM|
Southampton kept their place on top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 win away at stuttering Nottingham Forest. Goals from Guly do Prado and David Connolly either side of a debatable red card for Forest defender Luke Chambers for an elbow were followed by a sumptuous shot from range by midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as Nigel Adkins’ men maintained the initiative in their hunt for consecutive promotions.
They remain closely followed by West Ham, who recorded a 1-0 victory at Fratton Park, Mark Noble burying his fourth penalty of the season to see off 10-man Portsmouth and ensure that his side stayed level on points with the Saints.
The chasing pack, however, lost ground on the top two. Third-placed Cardiff were unimpressive and lucky to come away from Doncaster with a 0-0 draw, while Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough were surprisingly felled 2-0 at home by Burnley.
At the bottom, lowly Millwall were dealt a blow by playoff-chasing Birmingham, who thumped the hosts 6-0, Marlon King netting a brace. Forest’s and Doncaster’s results, however, mean that the Lions are still above the drop-zone by two points, while Coventry continue to anchor the league, seven points from safety, after a 1-0 loss to Derby.
|BOURNEMOUTH||2-1||NOTTS COUNTY||LEYTON ORIENT||1-1||CHESTERFIELD|
|BRENTFORD||0-0||WALSALL||MK DONS||P-P||CARLISLE UTD|
|BURY||0-3||SHEFFIELD UTD||PRESTON N.E.||3-2||WYCOMBE W.|
|EXETER CITY||0-0||HARTLEPOOL||SHEFFIELD WED||0-1||CHARLTON|
Charlton Athletic strengthened their hold on top spot in League One with a 1-0 victory over promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday, with Johnnie Jackson scoring the all-important goal in the first half.
Sheffield United still occupy the second automatic promotion spot after a comfortable 3-0 win away at Bury, while Huddersfield maintained the pressure on Danny Wilson's side by beating Oldham 1-0 at the Galpharm Stadium.
Stevenage started life without former manager Graham Westley with an emphatic 5-1 hammering of Rochdale, thanks in no small part to an excellent performance from Luke Freeman, a January signing from Arsenal who scored twice.
Meanwhile, Westley watched his new side Preston claim all three points in a 3-2 win over struggling Wycombe Wanderers.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth came from behind to beat Notts County 2-1 and gather momentum in their push for a playoff place, while Brentford remain in the hunt after a goalless draw against Walsall.
Yoevil picked up a valuable three points in their quest for survival against Tranmere Rovers, with Exeter and Scunthorpe picking up a point each against Hartlepool and Colchester respectively to stay out of the bottom four, though despite a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient, Chesterfield remain rooted to the foot of the table.
|BRADFORD CITY||2-2||MORECAMBE||OXFORD UTD||0-2||CREWE ALEX.|
|BRISTOL ROV||0-0||CRAWLEY TOWN||PLYMOUTH ARG.||2-1||BURTON ALBION|
|CHELTENHAM||2-0||ALDERSHOT||PORT VALE||1-2||AFC WIMB'DON|
|DAG'M & RED'||0-1||HEREFORD UTD||ROTHERHAM||1-2||SWINDON|
There was a changing of the guard at the top of League Two as Southend leapfrogged Crawley with a dramatic 5-2 win away to Northampton to make the most of Steve Evans’ side’s goalless draw with Bristol Rovers.
Cheltenham also took advantage of the former table-toppers’ stalemate and moved above them with a 2-0 win over Aldershot to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.
There was no FA Cup hangover for Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon following their upset over Wigan as they continued their fine recent form with a 2-1 win over Rotherham thanks to Matt Ritchie’s quick fire brace.
Plymouth moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 victory against Burton while fellow strugglers Hereford put Dagenham & Redbridge deeper into the mire with a tight 1-0 win at Victoria Road.
Shrewsbury are comfortably sat in fifth after their 2-0 win over Gillingham, whom they now sit four points clear of. Oxford United are sixth but suffered a last-minute defeat to Crewe, with debutant Greg Pearson coming off the bench to tap home for Steve Davis’ side.
Elsewhere AFC Wimbledon got their first win in 13 to beat Port Vale 2-1 while Torquay’s excellent run continued with another 2-1 against Macclesfield.
Lawrie Sanchez’s Barnet picked up a shock win over Accrington at the Crown Ground while Bradford and Morecambe played out a superb 2-2 draw at Valley Parade.