Swindon failed to take advantage of postponements affecting teams above them by losing to Brentford, while Burton move into second in League Two after victory over Aldershot
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League leaders Cardiff salvaged a point at home to out-of-form Leicester with a stoppage time equaliser. Rudy Gestede headed past Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal, cancelling out Michael Keane’s first-half header. The draw extends the Bluebirds' lead at the top to four points.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, Barnsley moved out of the relegation zone with an impressive 2-1 victory over promotion-chasing Brighton. Jason Scotland gave the hosts a first-half lead which was cancelled out by Jose Ulloa’s header 10 minutes after the break. Chris Dagnall restored the home side’s advantage from the penalty spot, and Ulloa wasted the opportunity to level again for the Seagulls when he missed a spot-kick eight minutes from time.
The Tykes exited the relegation zone at the expense of Peterborough, who drew 1-1 away at Leeds, who missed the chance to close the gap on the play-off places. Sam Byram’s second-half goal earned a disappointing point for Neil Warnock's men, following Dwight Gayle’s opener for the Posh.
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With both the top two sides' games postponed, Swindon had the opportunity to move into second. But the failed to capitalise, losing 2-1 away to Brentford, who leapfrogged them into third place.
Simon Ferry gave the visitors the lead, but a Sam Saunders penalty and Clayton Donaldson strike gave the Bees all three points.
Tranmere also missed the chance to gain ground on the leaders, losing 2-0 away at Walsall. A second-half penalty from Will Grigg and a 30-yard strike from Craig Westcarr gave the hosts all three points as they stay in the hunt for a play-off spot.
Yeovil were the other top-six team in action and they too dropped points at home to Crawley. Byron Webster and Paddy Madden’s first-half strikes were cancelled out in the second-half by goals from Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow, denying the hosts an eighth consecutive home victory.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth closed the gap on the play-off places to just two points after a win away to Stevenage - Brett Pittman’s first-half penalty giving the Cherries all three points.
Meanwhile at the bottom of the table, Portsmouth slipped closer towards relegation with a 1-0 defeat away at the Leyton Orient, succumbing to a solitary Sean Batt goal.
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Dag & Red
League leaders Gillingham were held at home to promotion chasing Exeter, the game finishing goalless.
Second-placed Burton Albion capitalised on the Gills' slip-up with victory away at relegation-threatened Aldershot, closing the gap at the top to five points. The hosts took an early lead through Paul Symes, but goals from Robbie Weir and Michael Symes secured victory for the Brewers.
The result meant they moved into second place at the expense of Port Vale, who were beaten 2-0 away from home by Bristol Rovers. Two first-half goals from Ryan Brunt gave Rovers the victory.
Elsewhere, Northampton’s promotion chase was given a boost by Kevin Langmead’s late equaliser away at Morecambe. The header cancelled out Jack Redhaw’s 57th-minute goal, and the draw moves the Cobblers within a point of the automatic promotion places.
Meanwhile, Accrington remain rooted to the bottom of the table following a 3-0 defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Fleetwood. A Jon Parkin hat-trick secured a resounding win for the visitors.