Championship

• Southampton extended their lead at the top of the Championship with a 2-0 home win over Barnsley. The result was even sweeter for Saints given that West Ham did what they usually do at home: draw. Their stalemate with Doncaster means they have drawn their past four matches at home, scoring only three goals in the process. Reading had a shocking start to the season but they're making up for it now – the 3-1 victory over Leicester City was their eighth in a row and only an inferior goal difference to West Ham keeps them out of the automatic promotion places.

• In the early kick-off Coventry's Gary McSheffrey scored against his old club Birmingham – the match ended 1-1 after Marlon King equalised. After an excellent run at the start of 2012, Blues have stumbled lately and have picked up only two points from their past three games – all against teams in the lower half of the table. They hang on to a play-off spot though – Brighton beat Portsmouth 2-0 and are fifth while Middlesbrough, who play Leeds on Sunday, remain in fourth.

• At the bottom, Doncaster and Coventry picked up points against teams they might have expected to struggle against, making Pompey's defeat to Brighton even worse. Peterborough picked up just their second victory of the year with a 3-1 win over Blackpool.

League One

• In League One, Dave Jones continued his excellent start to his Sheffield Wednesday career – they beat Bournemouth 3-0. Charlton suffered a second shock in a row. They lost 4-2 to Notts County and at one point they were 4-0 down. It's a worrying blip but they still hold a 10-point lead over Sheffield United in second place. The Blades beat Brentford while MK Dons in fifth beat Exeter 3-0. Huddersfield were held 2-2 by Rochdale and are in fourth.

League Two

• Game of the day was at Gillingham. Crewe had led 3-1 but Gillingham fought back to 3-3 before the visitors scored a 95th-minute winner. First played second as Swindon took on Cheltenham – and Paolo Di Canio's men won 1-0, a result that sent Cheltenham down to fourth place. At the bottom, Plymouth and Dagenham & Redbridge both lost – defeats made all the worse by the fact that fellow strugglers Northampton and Hereford recorded victories.

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