Elsewhere, Sheffield United soared to the top of League One following their victory at Bournemouth while managerless Swindon drop to second after a draw at home with Preston
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Strikes from Matej Vydra and Joel Ekstrand gave Watford a 2-1 against Derby to send them to the top of the Championship. Jamie Ward grabbed a goal back with 17 minutes to go but the Hornets managed to hold on for the win.
Hull fell to the bottom of the table following their 4-1 loss away at Bolton. Darren Pratley opened the scoring after 2 minutes, and that was soon followed with quickfire goals from Mark Davies and Craig Dawson to make it three inside the first eight minutes. Robbie Brady pulled one back for the visitors but Dawson grabbed a second to close the scoring at the Reebok Stadium.
There was an eight-goal thriller at Ashton Gate, which saw Bristol City climb off the bottom following their 5-3 victory against Barnsley. A Jon Stead brace, along with goals from Liam Fontaine, Lewin Nyatanga and Steven Davies proved too much for the visitors, who found goals through Chris O'Grady, Tomasz Cywka and Jason Scotland.
Peterborough replaced Bristol City at the bottom of the league after losing 2-0 at home against Birmingham. Nikola Zigic got the scoring underway in the first half and Chris Burke rounded it off 10 minutes from time to send the travelling fans home happy.
Leroy Lita fired home the only goal in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Hillsborough. The win moves the hosts up into 18th, boosting their survival hopes. The result didn't do too much harm to the play-off hopefuls who remain in fourth in the Championship.
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Jamie Murphy sent Sheffield to the top of League One following their 1-0 win against Bournemouth. The forward struck from close range following an effort that hit the post. The result is Cherries' boss Eddie Howe's first home loss since his return, his side slip to sixth.
Swindon came from a goal down against Preston thanks to an Adam Rooney equaliser. Will Hayhurst scored his first senior goal to put the visitors ahead. Despite the hosts' equaliser they dropped to second place. Darren Ward and Tommy Miller were in charge following the exit of Paolo Di Canio and four of his staff.
Tranmere Rovers were on fire during their comfortable 5-1 victory at Colchester United. Max Power opened the scoring for the visitors who have got their title bid back on track and sit level on points behind Swindon in third.
Portsmouth remain bottom of the league after their 1-0 loss at Oldham. Jose Baxter scored the only goal of the game to move his side up into 19th place as they continue their fight to move away further from the relegation zone.
Crawley Town scraped 1-0 win at Leyton Orient through a Billy Clarke strike. The Irish striker scored after 11 minutes with a calm finish from the penalty area. The result meant that the visitors leapfrogged Orient into 12th.
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Dag & Red
Northampton edge closer to a play-off spot following their 1-0 win against Plymouth to send them to 4th. Plymouth goalkeeper Jake Cole scored an own goal in the second half to hand the hosts all three points.
York City remain without a single victory in nine league games after their goalless draw at Oxford United. The closest chance of the game came to Matty Blair but his header fell straight to Luke McCormick, who was in goal for the hosts. The draw further dampens Oxford's hope of a finishing in a play-off position.
Alan Knill's debut game as interim-coach of Torquay ended in 1-0 loss at home against Port Vale. Doug Loft fired a 25-yard screamer for the only goal of the game, handing Torquay their sixth consecutive loss.
Andy Scott got his Aldershot career off to a fine start with a 2-0 victory against Fleetwood Town. A Danny Hylton double earned all three points for the hosts against nine-man Fleetwood. The play-off chasing side had Jamie McGuire and Alan Goodall sent off.
Burton Albion moved up to third following an exciting 4-2 win at home to Exeter. Goals from Michael Symes, Marcus Holness, Jacuess Maghoma and Lee Bell ensured the host's seventh consecutive home win. The loss means that Exeter remain in seventh, just outside the play-off positions.