The Bluebirds' win over Boro moves them into the automatic promotion places, while Sheffield United close the gap in League One and Gillingham extend theirs in League Two
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Crystal Palace maintained their place at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Derby, courtesy of two goals from Glenn Murray and one from Andre Moritz, while Cardiff leapfrogged Middlesbrough into second place after beating the Boro in a tight contest, a Matthew Connolly header separating the sides.
Brighton also moved directly above their opposition, Huddersfield, as two goals from Will Buckley was enough to put them into the final play-off place.
Ipswich's woes continued, with Mick McCarthy only able to look on as an early Daivd Nugent double set Leicester up for a 6-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Anthony Knockaert, Lloyd Dyer, Marko Futacs and Martyn Waghorn also got on the scoresheet for the Foxes, who are fifth.
Also struggling are the league's bottom club, Bristol City, but they managed to pick up their first point in eight games and very nearly snatched three against mid-table Blackpool, only for a last-minute penalty from Tom Ince to dash their dreams.
One place above them are Peterborough and their desperate form at London Road continued following a 4-1 defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers, in-form Jordan Rhodes grabbing a hat-trick for the away side.
Sheffield Wednesday, also near the foot of the table, lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest thanks to a Miguel Llera own-goal in a game bereft of real quality.
It was a tale of two players named Davies at the Reebok Stadium as Kevin put Bolton ahead, only for Craig to grab the equaliser for Barnsley with 25 minutes left on the clock.
Hull City remain fourth after a 3-2 win over Birmingham. Sone Aluko's double and James Chester's effort sa the Tigers race into a first-half lead, but strikes from Ravel Morrison, his first in leagye football, and former Hull striker Marlon King kept Steve Bruce sweating.
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In Friday's clash, league leaders Tranmere faltered against high-flying MK Dons as a late Stephen Gleeson goal condemned them to only their third league defeat of the season.
This left the chasing pack with an opportunity to close the gap on them on Saturday which only increased the importance of the promotion clash between Sheffield United and Stevenage. The Blades managed a comfortable 4-1 win, with Shaun Miller grabbing a double, to put them within two points of Tranmere at the top of the table.
Swindon were another team who managed to capitalise on the Rovers' defeat as they sauntered to a 4-1 win over their west county rivals Yeovil Town. Andy Williams netted against his former club, while James Collins hit two to send Paolo Di Canio's side to third.
At the other end of the table, Hartlepool continued their miserable start to the season with a 5-0 defeat to a resurgent Coventry in new manager John Hughes' first game in charge. All five of the Sky Blues' goals came in the second half, with captain Carl Baker managing to score two.
Shrewsbury moved out of the relegation zone, however, thanks to a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, sealed by Luke Summerfield's first goal for the club. The Shrews leapfrogged Oldham and Scunthorpe thanks to a superior goal difference.
Oldham were trounced 4-1 by Bournemouth, with Lewis Grabban grabbing a hat-trick for the home side, while Scunthorpe could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Notts County, Lee Hughes scoring the double that kept the Iron in the bottom four.
Fellow relegation battlers Bury, meanwhile, suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Colchester, putting them second-bottom and two points adrift of safety.
Portsmouth, who recently lost manager Michael Appleton to Blackpool, endured a sixth straight loss as they were subjected to a 1-0 defeat by Doncaster Rovers, courtesy of an Iain Hume goal.
A late header from Antonio German ensured that a mid-table scrap between Preston and Brentford ended level, after Scott Laird put the former ahead earlier in the second half.
Carlisle's poor form continued as they succumbed to a 4-1 home defeat against Leyton Orient, a double from David Mooney finishing off the Cumbrian side.
An entertaining 2-2 draw was played out at Broadfield Stadium as a late goal from Jonathan Forte snatching a point for Crawley against Walsall, despite the home side having defender Joe Walsh sent off.
|LEAGUE TWO RESULTS
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A last-minute winner from Deon Burton was enough to extend Gillingham's lead at the top of League Two to seven points, as a brilliantly taken goal saw the Kent club past Morecambe.
Meanwhile, the Gills' promotion rivals did nothing to worry the league leaders as second-placed Port Vale threw away a 2-0 lead at home to mid-table York City, Jamie Reed hitting a late leveller for the Minstermen.
Cheltenham also failed to boost their promotion credentials as they lost 4-2 away to play-off hopefuls Rotherham, leaving them eight points off the top and struggling to keep pace.
Fleetwood, however, boosted their hopes of an automatic promotion spot with a 3-0 win over Plymouth, a sending off to the away side's skipper Darren Purse helping them on their way, while a Curtis Nelson own-goal and an effort from Junior Brown gave the scoreline a late gloss.
Rochdale, also in a play-off place, secured a 2-1 win against struggling Bristol Rovers, who ended the game with just nine men, Gary Kenneth received two yellow cards while Elliott Richard was given his marching orders for a tough challenge on Dale striker Ashley Grimes.
The Football League's bottom side Wycombe Wanderers were unable to boost their survival hopes as experienced striker Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice to fire Northampton to a 3-1 win over the Choirboys.
Fellow strugglers AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot Town faced off at Kingsmeadow and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw that keeps the Shots in the relegation zone.
Barnet hung on to a 1-1 draw with Accrington on Friday night, despite having player-coach Edgar Davids sent off for picking up two cautions.
Meanwhile, veteran Jamie Cureton's 13th goal of the season was enough to secure the three points for mid-table Exeter at Bradford.
Burton capitalised on the Bantams' loss with a 3-2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge that sends them one place above their rivals and into the play-off spots.
Elsewhere, a stoppage time winner from Chris Atkinson granted Chesterfield Town a win over Oxford United in a close fought 2-1 victory and Torquay's unbeaten home record came crashing to an unceremonious end as Southend secured a 4-2 win thanks to doubles from Grant Tomlin and Britt Assombalonga.