Charlton’s 2-0 win over Exeter ensured they stayed on a points par with Sheffield United, although they trail on goal difference.
The Grecians were reduced to 10 men in the 19th minute when Daniel Nardiello was dismissed for foul language and they fell behind two minutes before the break when Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his sixth goal of the season. The London club wrapped up the win when Wright-Phillips’ cross was converted by Dale Stephens.
A Kevin O’Connor penalty nine minutes before the break guided fourth placed Brentford to a 1-0 victory at Wycombe while Huddersfield - visitors to Bramall Lane tomorrow - are fifth after a 2-0 win over Tranmere thanks to goals by Gary Roberts (24 mins) and Scott Arfield (82).
Hartlepool are sixth thanks to a 2-1 win at Carlisle. Gary Liddle (21) and Adam Boyd (41) gave them a 2-0 lead and although a Rory Loy penalty (74) halved the deficit it was just a consolation.
A Cristian Montano goal (65) guided Notts County to a 2-1 win over Walsall. Lee Hughes (38) gave the hosts the lead before Andy Butler levelled.
A last-minute goal by Lee Smith saw bottom side Leyton Orient claim a vital point in a 1-1 draw at Colchester.
Smith slotted home from close range to equalise Anthony Wordsworth’s opener shortly before half-time.
Oldham and Stevenage drew 1-1, former Owl Shefki Kuqi levelling for the hosts after Mark Roberts’ opener.