Sunday 29th December

Brentford took over at the top of the Sky Bet League 1 table thanks to a 3-1 home win over Milton Keynes Dons.

With Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leyton Orient sharing a 1-1 draw in their top-of-the-table clash at Molineux, the Bees pounced to go a point clear.

Clayton Donaldson took two minutes to send them ahead before second-half goals from Marcello Trotta and Sam Saunders made it 3-0. Lee Hodson pulled a goal back on 73 minutes for the Dons.

Wolves had looked set to lead the division after Ethan Ebanks-Landell sent them ahead on five minutes. Mathieu Baudry equalised on the hour and that was how it stayed to leave Orient in the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

Preston North End strengthened their position in the Play-Off places as a Ryan Woods own goal gave them a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury, but fifth-placed Peterborough United lost 2-1 at Carlisle United.

Posh led despite Hogan Ephraim seeing red as Lee Tomlin struck on the hour. Two goals in as many minutes from David Amoo swung the game back to Carlisle.

Port Vale reduced the gap on the top six to two points as they won 2-0 against Rotherham United.

Louis Dodds and Gavin Tomlin scored either side of Claude Davis' sending off for the Millers.

Crewe Alexandra climbed off the foot of the table by beating Colchester United 2-1.

Crewe trailed to a Luke Garbutt goal for most of the match, but Chuks Aneke and Tom Hitchcock stole the points in the final 17 minutes.

Notts County slipped to the bottom of the table as Mark Connolly's goal was enough for Crawley Town to claim a 1-0 home win. Alan Sheehan saw red 11 minutes from the end to compound County's problems.

Bristol City gave their bid to avoid the drop a boost as they beat fellow strugglers Stevenage 4-1.

Greg Cunningham and Sam Baldock scored in the first 12 minutes before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas netted twice mid-way through the second half. Francois Zoko grabbed a consolation goal for the second-from-bottom visitors.

Sheffield United pulled away from the relegation places with a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Jamie Murphy, Jose Baxter and Ryan Flynn ensured a comfortable afternoon for the Blades with Ash Taylor providing the only reply five minutes from the end.

Cody McDonald struck twice as Gillingham drew 2-2 with Walsall.

Romaine Sawyers scored for the Saddlers before a memorable ending, when McDonald and Julian Gray both netted in injury-time.

Alex Pritchard's 63rd-minute equaliser earned Swindon Town a 1-1 draw at Bradford City, who had led through Rory McArdle.

Coventry City and Oldham Athletic drew 1-1 with Carl Baker cancelling out a Jonson Clarke-Harris opener.

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