Malky Mackay's side secured an important win to move eight points clear at the top of the second tier, while league leaders Doncaster and Gillingham both secured narrow victories
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League leaders Cardiff punished an out-of-sorts Blackburn side at home on Easter Monday by grabbing a deserved 3-0 win, with Fraizer Campbell, Joe Mason and Peter Whittingham from the spot getting the goals. The defeat leaves struggling Rovers in 19th place in the league table, outside of the relegation zone only on goal difference.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, Wolves secured a huge three points by beating in-form Birmingham 3-2 at St Andrews, with Stephen Hunt and a Sylvain Ebanks-Blake double seeing them race into a three-goal lead before Wade Elliott struck twice in the second half to set up a nervy finish.
Both Blackpool and Barnsley secured important wins at home to ease their relegation fears, while Ipswich picked up a crucial point at Millwall. Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest secured a late draw away at Burnley courtesy of a last-minute Lewis McGuggan penalty and Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City enjoyed a share of the spoils. Crystal Palace slipped up once more in the race for automatic promotion, losing to Ian Holloway's former club Blackpool.
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Doncaster clinched a vital win for their promotion hopes after Jamie McCombe's late header helped them see off play-off hopefuls Swindon.
Third-placed Brentford were unable to capitalise on the Robins' slip-up, though, slumping to a 2-0 defeat away at MK Dons, with Dean Bowditch's superb strike from distance handing them into the lead before Stephen Gleeson rifled in an equally good effort from just outside the box late on.
Sheffield United also missed the chance to gain ground on the leaders, drawing 0-0 with lowly Carlisle at Bramall Lane, despite dominating proceedings.
Yeovil were the other top-six team in action and they managed to secure all three points by narrowly-beating Notts County on the road, with Paddy Madden and on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan scoring either side of an Alan Judge penalty.
Elsewhere, Tranmere surprisingly lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Portsmouth, with striker David Connolly grabbing the only goal of the game to give the side hope of staying up, while Oldham moved out of the drop zone on goal difference after drawing 1-1 at Boundary Park with Jose Baxter finding the back of the net after David Wright gave the visitors the lead.
Promotion-chasing Walsall and Leyton Orient both secured comfortable home wins, meanwhile bottom-placed Hartlepool were beaten 1-0 by Stevenage, with Max Ehmer grabbing the only goal.
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Gillingham stretched their lead at the top of the League Two table, after Dean Burton poked home at the back post against Rotherham, denting the Millers' promotion push.
Second-placed Port Vale came from behind to draw 2-2 with Chesterfield, with Marc Richards' double against his former club handing the Spireites the lead after Darren Purse's header put the visitors ahead, but Tom Pope equalised late on with his 31st goal of the season.
Mark Yates' Cheltenham Town side closed the gap on the automatic promotion places with a vital win over rivals Northampton after Stephen Elliott's goal just before the break was enough for victory.
Elsewhere, both Burton Albion and Exeter will be disappointed that they weren't able to capitalise on the poor results suffered by many of the sides around them in the play-off places after conceding decisive late goals. Former England international James Beattie's stoppage-time equaliser was enough to win Accrington a point, while goals from Ian Henderson and Bobby Grant in the final five minutes cancelled out Jamie Cureton's opener at St James Park.
At the other end of the table, York were handed a lifeline after beating Plymouth for their first win in 17 games to move within one place of safety after Ashley Chambers deft finish and Richard Cresswell's tap-in saw them reduce the gap between them and the Pilgrims to just a solitary point.
It was a good day for Adlershot too, as the bottom-placed outfit beat mid-table Oxford United with forward Jeff Golding proving the hero with a late winner in the 87th minute after the visitors battled back to draw things level from two goals down after half-time.