Ten points gap between leaders Charlton and defeated Blades

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CHARLTON opened up a 10-point advantage at the top of League One on Saturday - and Sheffield United’s derby day loss yesterday meant that margin remained intact.

Charlton enjoyed a 2-0 victory over play-off chasing Stevenage.

The hosts had to wait until four minutes after the interval to break the deadlock through Michael Morrison’s volley. Bradley Wright-Phillips then made sure of the points with his deflected shot after 64 minutes.

Huddersfield - with new manager Simon Grayson in charge for the first time - moved into the top three with a 2-0 win at home to league strugglers Exeter. The Terriers went ahead five minutes before the interval thanks to Jamie McCombe’s header, with Jordan Rhodes’ strike five minutes from time ending Exeter’s challenge at the Galpharm Stadium.MK Dons and Carlisle also maintained their push for the play-offs with narrow wins.

Mathias Doumbe’s 33rd-minute strike earned MK Dons a 1-0 victory at Bournemouth, while Carlisle needed a last-minute goal from Francois Zoko to see off Yeovil 3-2.

The Cumbrians twice lost the lead as Jonathan Obika and Dominic Blizzard cancelled out goals from Lee Miller (penalty) and Patrick Madden.

But Zoko’s late strike snatched the points for Carlisle.