• It took George Boyd less than a minute of his Hull City debut to get on the score sheet against Birmingham, as the Tigers took the opportunity to leapfrog Watford (held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves on Friday night) and grab second place with a 5-2 win. The Blues have been a hard nut to crack on the road – no away defeats in 2013 before today – but they were blown away by a second goal from Boyd, one from Robert Koren and a brace from Mohamed Gedo, Hull's other striker with a good eye for goal (ho, ho). Despite two late consolations, Lee Clark must be shifting nervously in his seat.
• Boyd was but the latest of Peterborough's shrewd lower-league signings to move on to bigger things, so it was appropriate that in the week he moved on a potential new hero grabbed the headlines in the Championship result of the day. Dwight Gayle, once of Stansted and Bishop Stortford, scored a hat-trick in 28 minutes to give Posh a coupon-busting win at Blackburn Rovers. Rovers pulled two goals back in the second half, but to no avail. Out-of-form Rovers are now five games without a victory and have Steve Kean to thank for securing them enough points in the first half of the season to be reasonably safe in mid-table. They could so easily be Wolves.
• Middlesbrough stayed in the play-off hunt by beating league leaders Cardiff City 2-1, goals from Newcastle old boy Kieron Dyer and Newcastle young boy Sammy Ameobi putting Tony Mowbray's men on the road to only their second win in 10. "I've known Mark Venus and the gaffer [Mowbray] from my time at Ipswich," said Dyer, rather winningly, "I played in the same team as them, which shows how old I am unfortunately." The veteran is confident that footballing Boro can get their promotion bid back on track. He may well be right.
• Oakwell also hosted a five-goal thriller as two of the division's form teams went toe-to-toe. Bolton ran into a two-goal lead but were pegged back to 2-2 by Barnsley before defender Craig Dawson netted the winner for the Trotters. Spectators at the Amex saw another good advert for the Championship as Brighton steamrolled Huddersfield 4-1. Jose Ulloa stole the show – and took the match ball – with a hat-trick for the Seasiders.
• Watching Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield struggle in the Championship this season, you can forgive the League One promotion pack their collective loss of form since the turn of the year. But leaders Sheffield United look to have finally taken the bull by the horns. Goals from Michael Doyle and David Kitson gave United a 2-0 win at Oldham and extended their unbeaten run to six: a fine way to mark Danny Wilson's 100th game in charge of the Blades. Second-placed Doncaster, who have stuttered under new boss Brian Flynn, also secured a much-needed win by beating struggling Hartlepool 3-0. Brentford, in fourth, beat Scunthorpe 1-0.
• Most heartening result of the day? Goals from Patrick Aygemang and David Connolly gave Portsmouth's crazy gang of wondering pros a 2-1 win at erratic Crewe, their first win in 24 games. Guy Whittingham's recent good work will not be enough to save Pompey from relegation, but the south coast club can now go into their next match against Bury boasting that they have only lost one in five. Cue a quip about damn lies, statistics and the Office for Budget Responsibility.
• Swindon won the battle of troubled-former-Premier-League-clubs-recently-abandoned-by-managers, beating Coventry City 2-1 at the Ricoh. Two goals in the last five minutes saw the Robins steal three points from their play-off rivals and gave new boss Kevin MacDonald something to work with ahead of a tough run of fixtures starting with Walsall (who beat Shrewsbury 3-1) next week.
• Not many pundits would have had Yeovil v Tranmere in March down as a promotion six-pointer at the start of the season. Until their surprise defeat at Colchester in the week, Yeovil's no-nonsense brand of football looked to be steering them Championship-wards, while all around prettier footballing sides have been struggling. Their ugly 1-0 win against a Tranmere in freefall, courtesy of an Ed Upson set piece, kept the Somerset side in the hunt for what would be a fantastic against-the-odds promotion. Many of those who watched the game, would still find it difficult to believe that the pundits had been wrong, though.
• What of League One's many stuttering sides? In November, Stevenage were on the shoulder of then leaders Tranmere, now they are locked in a dire losing run that threatens their third tier future – today losing 2-0 at Colchester. Bournemouth were top of the league just a few weeks ago but lost for the fourth game in the row – going down 3-1 at Leyton Orient. MK Dons, a shadow of the composed side of the last few seasons, were held 1-1 by Preston.
• Five teams separated by just two points are locked in an existential struggle to avoid relegation to the Conference. Two of them met at Home Park, where Edgar Davids' Barnet went down 2-1 despite racing into an early lead. Two more of them met at the Crown Ground, where Accrington and Torquay played out a predictably nervy stalemate. AFC Wimbledon lost 2-1 at promotion-chasing Cheltenham and tonight sit bottom of the league.
• Pulling steadily away from the drop are Aldershot, unbeaten under new boss Andy Scott, who held league leaders Gillingham 1-1. Second-placed Port Vale, unexpectedly beaten by Exeter at home in the week, lost again. Micky Adams's side went down 2-1 at Oxford.
• Bradford returned to winning ways in the league by beating York City 2-0. Having put their League Cup adventure behind them, the Bantams still have the games in hand to have an outside chance of earning a second visit to Wembley through the play-offs. Few would begrudge them it.