The Football League's top division saw its fixture list hit heavily by FA Cup weekend but there was still plenty of action elsewhere. See all the goals and match reaction here
The action in the Championship was limited to just two games, with 10 sides from the second tier having been involved in the weekend’s FA Cup fixtures.
Reading forced their way back into the playoff positions with a 1-0 win at home to in-form Bristol City, the sole strike coming through debutant Jason Roberts. The new signing from Blackburn won a penalty on the hour, with Louis Carey sent off for bringing him down, and, despite goalkeeper David James parrying his initial effort, the 34-year-old was able to scruffily put away the rebound.
James went on to save another spot-kick, this time from Jobi McAnuff, after Albert Adomah was unlucky not to level proceedings with a fabulous shot that came back off the top of the post, but the visitors could not prevent the Royals from hanging on to move into fourth.
The weekend’s other match saw Portsmouth leapfrog Peterborough into 16th thanks to a convincing 3-0 win at London Road. Striker Erik Huseklepp made up for a game-losing own-goal in the reverse fixture earlier this season by netting a brace, the second a particularly fine placed effort, while Jason Pearce headed in from a corner.
Huddersfield's 1-1 away draw against Tranmere Rovers allowed Charlton to extend their lead at the top of League One.
Chris Powell's side are now nine points clear at the summit after a victory over Exeter City, thanks to a Danny Green goal.
At the bottom of the table, Yeovil moved away from the relegation zone into 18th with a 2-1 win over Preston, while Hartlepool shot up to 10th after beating playoff contenders Carlisle 4-0.
Chesterfield's victory by a single goal against Bournemouth on Friday moved them off the bottom, as Wycombe suffered a heavy 5-2 defeat to Brentford.
Rochdale remain in the relegation zone despite beating Bury 3-0, while Colchester leapfrogged Leyton Orient with a 1-0 win.
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Cheltenham ascended to top spot for the first time in 2011-12 as they came from behind to overpower Macclesfield 3-1 in the hosts’ fifth consecutive defeat.
Terry Gornell scored his first goal in 10 games as Shrewsbury rose to fourth, just one point behind the automatic promotion places, with James Collins sealing a 2-0 win over Hereford. Torquay are hot on their heels, though they needed 75 minutes to find the breakthrough as they sunk to bottom club Northampton 1-0.
Newly manager-less Accrington Stanley served up a thriller with Gillingham, a 4-3 rollercoaster in which Michael Smith notched a first-half hat-trick before two late goals from Gavin Tomlin gave the visitors brief hope. Oxford United’s Sunday draw with Burton, though, meant that it is they who still retain a slim hold on the final playoff position.
At the bottom, Dagenham & Redbridge pulled off a vital 3-2 victory over mid-table Rotherham, Scott Doe’s winner lifting them out of the relegation zone at the expense of Plymouth, who were beaten at the death by Port Vale substitute Tom Pope’s strike.
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