EDGING AHEAD

Chris Powell's Charlton Athletic ended a run of three games without a win at the top of npower League 1 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Yeovil Town at The Valley.

Dany N'Guessan eased any home nerves by putting his side in front after just seven minutes, and second-half strikes from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Darel Russell helped the Addicks home.

Sheffield United moved clear in second place with an emphatic 5-2 win at Notts County, who had Neal Bishop sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

Goals from Stephen Quinn, Ched Evans, Matthew Lowton and Neill Collins gave the Blades a 4-0 half-time advantage and Lee Williamson added a fifth on 89 minutes, in between County goals from Alan Judge and Julian Kelly.

THE CHASING PACK

Dave Jones' Sheffield Wednesday lost ground after they were fortunate to escape with a point in a 2-2 home draw with lowly Walsall. The Saddlers twice led through Jonathan Macken and Jamie Paterson, and despite Ryan Lowe's effort the Owls looked to be heading for defeat until Gary Madine fired an injury-time equaliser

Huddersfield Town stay fourth after a 2-0 win at Chesterfield with early goals from Lee Novak and Jordan Rhodes, while Milton Keynes Dons are also firmly in the Play-Off push after a 4-1 win over Leyton Orient.

Charlie MacDonald opened the scoring after three minutes for Dons and despite Kevin Lisbie's quick equaliser, the home side cruised home with further strikes from Shaun Williams, Jabo Ibehre and Daniel Powell.

Carlisle United are still clinging onto the final Play-Off spot despite a goalless draw at home to Preston North End, while seventh-placed Stevenage also drew a blank in their 0-0 home draw with Colchester United.

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Rochdale's relegation problems increased with a 2-0 home loss to Tranmere Rovers, for whom James Wallace and Jake Cassidy scored, while Exeter City were beaten 3-1 at home by Wycombe Wanderers, for whom Paul Hayes hit two and Stuart Beavon also scored before James Dunne netted a consolation.

Jean Ives Mvoto scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Oldham Athletic at Hartlepool United, Wes Fogden's goal saw Bournemouth past Brentford, while Bury and Scunthorpe United drew 0-0.

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