Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has challenged his players to keep churning out the results after their come-from-behind victory over Notts County.
Jeff Hughes headed County in front after just two minutes, but Matt Ritchie headed in Charlie Daniels’ cross quarter of an hour later and the Cherries were in front when Brett Pitman fired in from the edge of the area 10 minutes after that.
County’s Andre Boucaud was sent off on the stroke of half-time for a second bookable offence and Ritchie wrapped up the win with his second five minutes from time.
In their six-match winning run, second-placed Bournemouth have kept four clean sheets but Howe insists they are not favourites to go up automatically.
Howe said: “I still put the other teams as favourites. They have the games in hand, they are the masters of their own destiny and we’re still reliant on them. They’re in the box seat. We’ve just got to keep winning if we can.”
Yeovil climbed to third with a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury, with James Hayter scoring the first from the spot after Marvin Morgan’s handball and then setting up Paddy Madden for the second after Stephen McGinn’s equaliser.
That lifted them above Brentford who were held 1-1 at Coventry, with Harry Forrester cancelling out Carl Baker’s penalty early in the second half.
At the other end of the table Hartlepool gave themselves hope, moving off the foot and to within five points of safety with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Bury, who now sink to the bottom. Andy Monkhouse headed in in either half, while Bury had Craig Fagan sent off.
Portsmouth did little to improve their situation in a 0-0 draw with Stevenage.
Scunthorpe went down 3-0 at Preston while Oldham are above the drop zone on goal difference alone after losing 2-1 at home to Carlisle. Colchester beat Leyton Orient 2-1.