Early table toppers Charlton continued their impressive run of form with a narrow 3-2 win away at a spirited Rochdale – Danny Hollands scoring a brace to help keep his side ahead of the chasing pack.
Joining Charlton at the top of the table, Sheffield United managed to produce a more convincing performance, defeating Colchester 3-0 at Brammall Lane to remain level on points with the South London side – manager Danny Wilson continuing to prove some doubters wrong.
Huddersfield Town, unlucky not to go up automatically last season, remain in promotion contention this campaign with a hard fought 1-1 draw away at MK Dons, who themselves remain in the play off places.
Current surprise package Hartlepool also cemented themselves in the playoffs following a 3-0 home win against Bury – striker Colin Nish particularly impressing, capitalising on a poor Bury defence to score two goals. Preston make up the current top six after an imposing 3-1 win against Brentford at Griffin Park.
At the other end of the table, Leyton Orient stay rooted to the bottom and winless in nine games after a 3-1 reverse at home against Paul Dickov’s Oldham. Fellow strugglers Wycombe and Exeter also were defeated, both losing 2-0 to Tranmere and Bournemouth respectively. Elsewhere in the relegation zone, fans of Scunthorpe will be pleased with the spirit and effort that their side produced in their 2-2 draw against mid table Walsall – midfielder Jimmy Ryan snatching a late equaliser for the Iron against the West Midlands side.
Elsewhere there were wins for Chesterfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County – the latter two making up a group of five promotion chasing sides on sixteen points.