• Rumours that the Leicester City manager, Nigel Pearson, was about to lose his job grew so insistent on Friday that the club's owners felt compelled to give him the dreaded vote of confidence: "Nigel has and continues to retain our total support," they said. On Saturday they beat Bristol City, a fifth win on the spin, to (temporarily at least) go top of the division. Crisis? Not here.
• Crystal Palace's bookie-defying assault on the top six continued with a thrilling comeback win at home to Burnley, a seventh match without defeat. The visitors were 2-0 up after 40 minutes, and 4-2 down with 15 minutes to play, but scored six minutes later to ensure a nervy conclusion. It finished 4-3, with Wilfried Zaha scoring twice and running off with the man of the match award.
• Blackpool slipped out of the top six after losing 2-0 at home to Charlton, who had lost four and won only one of their seven previous matches. Was this the upset of the day?
• Steve Kean has gone, but the good times have yet to return to Blackburn, who lost 1-0 at home to Wolves. Bakary Sako's winning goal has been widely described as a "screamer". The third team to get relegated from the Premier League last season, Bolton, lost at Millwall, Darius Henderson scoring a last-minute winner, his second of the game. Could Owen Coyle now be the next to go?
• Watford led 1-0 but lost 2-1 at home to Middlesbrough, the defining moment coming shortly before half-time when the home side's Matej Vydra was sent off. No Middlesbrough player appealed for a foul, and nobody in the ground appeared to know what provoked the decision (a perceived but not, video evidence suggests, actually real stamp appears to be the answer). The referee concerned, Steve Rushton, has now sent off eight players in 10 league matches this season – the next most card-happy official in the Football League has only shown three red cards so far. Last year Rushton showed six reds in 34; the year before five in 31. What happened this summer that made him so grumpy?
• The three unbeaten clubs each secured 1-0 wins and thus continue to be unbeaten: third-placed Sheffield United beat Leyton Orient, Stevenage clung on to second by winning at home to Scunthorpe, but Tranmere continue serenely in first place after victory at Notts County.
• Comeback of the day in this division definitely belongs to MK Dons, who were 2-0 down after 20 minutes at home to Portsmouth (who had also missed a third-minute penalty) but fought back to draw 2-2.
• Gillingham's 100% away record was ended at Oxford, where they drew 0-0. The Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke was considered largely responsible, on his return to the team after a couple of games kicking his heels on the bench.
• The next four teams in the division all played each other. Port Vale beat Exeter 2-0 to cut Gillingham's lead at the top of the league to three points, while Fleetwood's Junior Brown scored a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Cheltenham, whose captain Alan Bennett was promptly sent off.
• Goals galore at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, where Dagenham & Redbridge took a 3-0 lead against Bradford but ended the match clinging on for dear life to a slender single-goal advantage. It finished 4-3.
• Bottom-of-the-table Barnet had a very good go at getting a first win of the season, taking an apparently convincing 2-0 lead at Southend in the 65th minute – Ricky Holmes having scored a stunning opener against the club that released him as a schoolboy. But it still wasn't enough, and a Freddy Eastwood penalty reduced the arrears before Kevan Hurst's volley with six minutes remaining secured a 2-2 draw. Just to rub it in, the two teams immediately above them both won 2-1. Wycombe prevailed against Torquay, while AFC Wimbledon conceded an 89th-minute equaliser at Plymouth but still found time to run up the other end and win it, Rashid Yussuff getting the vital goal.