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Huddersfield win thanks to Beckford's wonder strike whilst in League One, Tranmere are defeated for the first time this season and Bury still look for their first maximum

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
CRYSTAL PALACE 2-2 MILLWALL HUDDERSFIELD 2-1 WOLVES
BIRMINGHAM 1-1 LEICESTER HULL 2-1 IPSWICH
BOLTON 3-2 BRISTOL CITY NOTTM FOREST 3-1 CARDIFF
BRIGHTON 0-1 MIDDLESBOROUGH WATFORD 0-1 PETERBOROUGH
CHARLTON 0-1 BARNSLEY BURNLEY 1-0 BLACKPOOL
DERBY 1-1 BLACKBURN      

In the Championship, Cardiff City failed to go top of the table following a dismal display at the City Ground, where Nottingham Forest grabbed all three points with a 3-1 win.

Two goals scored in just over a minute did the damage, Daniel Ayala's bullet header doubling Forest's lead after Andy Reid's superb 20-yard free kick stunned the Welsh outfit.

Although Heidar Helguson pulled on back late on and Forest survived going down to ten men when Adlene Guedioura was dismissed late on for two bookable offences, the result was confirmed just 75 seconds after the restart when Billy Sharp struck.

Leicester City failed to capitalise on their rivals but did enough to earn a point away to Birmingham City, with Ben Marshall's strike four minutes from time cancelling out Peter Lovenkrands' effort and sending the Foxes top of the table on goal difference.

Managerless Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Bristol City and lift the gloom hanging over the Reebok Stadium, with Martin Petrov striking the winner on 82 minutes to send the home fans into ecstasy.

Meanwhile Jermain Beckford scored the goal of the day with an overhead kick that helped Huddersfield see off Wolves whilst in the lunchtime kick-off Crystal Palace and Millwall shared the spoils at Selhurst Park.

Burnley won their first game since Eddie Howe's departure, Charlie Austin's 16th goal of the season enough to beat Lancashire rivals Blackpool.

LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
BOURNEMOUTH 3-1 TRANMERE PORTSMOUTH
3-1 SHREWSBURY
COLCHESTER 2-0 CARLISLE PRESTON
0-1 SHEFF UTD
COVENTRY 1-2 NOTTS COUNTY SWINDON 1-1 SCUNTHORPE
DONCASTER 2-1 BRENTFORD WALSALL 2-2 CREWE
MK DONS 0-1 STEVENAGE YEOVIL 2-1 BURY
OLDHAM
2-0 LEYTON ORIENT
HARTLEPOOL 0-1  CRAWLEY

Tranmere maintained the pace at the top of League One but crashed to their first defeat 3-1 away to Bournemouth allowing their closest rivals to catch up on the league leaders.

The Cherries were well worthy of their win in Eddie Howe's first game back in charge at Dean Court with three second-half goals, the first a disastrous own-goal from Ben Gibson, who headed Marc Pugh's free-kick into his own net.

The result was put beyond doubt when Harry Arter struck from the edge of the area on 58 minutes and Simon Francis netted to wipe out Rovers' Jake Jervis effort six minutes from the break.

Meanwhile Bury remained rooted to the bottom of the table after Yeovil condemned them to defeat, despite Dominic Poleon's 74th minute equaliser seemingly snatching a point for the visitors before Sam Foley's winner just two minutes later.

Stevenage plugged the gap between them and table toppers Rovers with a narrow 1-0 win at the MK Dons top cut the gap to four points.

Coventry were put to the sword by visitors Notts County and Walsall and Crewe shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw as Izale MacLeod struck twice to help Portsmouth to a 3-1 win over Shrewsbury at Fratton Park.

LEAGUE TWO RESULTS
ALDERSHOT 0-3 ROTHERHAM MORECAMBE
1-0 SOUTHEND
BRADFORD 3-1 CHELTENHAM OXFORD 5-0 ACCRINGTON
BRISTOL ROVERS
3-2 TORQUAY PLYMOUTH 3-1 ROCHDALE
EXETER 0-1 CHESTERFIELD PORT VALE 4-1 WYCOMBE
FLEETWOOD
1-1 WIMBLEDON YORK 3-2 DAG & REG
GILLINGHAM
4-1 BURTON

 
 

In League Two, league leaders Gillingham put an end to Burton's eight-game unbeaten run by routing their visitors with a clinical display that kept them top of the league.

On 63 minutes Joe Martin's thumping long-range half-volley was the best of a glut of goals after the floodgates opened on 22 minutes when Tom Flanagan opened the scoring and fellow defender Matt Fish doubled the scorecard from the edge of the box on 40 minutes.

Despite a goal back on 54 minutes courtesy of Zander Diamond the result was put beyond doubt by Miles Weston and Martin's magnificent effort.

Meanwhile League Two's top goalscorer Tom Pope helped himself to a brace as Port Vale came from a goal behind to defeat Wycombe, his second, a header, making it 15 goals this season for the striker.

Elsewhere Oxford thrashed Southend thanks to four goals from Tom Craddock and a goal from Alfie Potter to make it a gloomy day for the travelling fans, whilst Rotherham also beat Aldershot convincingly to stay in mid-table.

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