Bradford City moved to within three points of League One’s play-off places, with a game in hand, after comfortably defeating Southend United 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Tony McMahon’s brilliant curling free-kick had the hosts in front after 17 minutes, before striker James Hanson secured all three points for the Bantams with 16 minutes remaining after his header deflected in off the unfortunate Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.
Bradford are now level on points with last night’s opponents in eighth, with both sides within touching distance of the division’s top six.
Elsewhere; Millwall missed the chance to move six points clear of seventh-placed Southend after they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to the hands of Scunthorpe United.
The Iron recorded their fourth successive win thanks to goals from Gary McSheffrey and debutant Jim O’Brien, who crept into the top-half of the table into 12th as a result.
Bury responded impressively to their 6-0 thrashing by Coventry City at the weekend to narrowly defeat play-off hopefuls Sheffield United 1-0 at Gigg Lane.
Defender Craig Jones netted the only goal of the game after 27 minutes, securing the hosts’ first victory in four league outings to lift the Shakers up to 14th in the standings.
League One’s most entertaining half-an-hour’s play came at Spotland as all four goals came in the opening 27 minutes during Rochdale’s 2-2 draw with lowly Crewe Alexandra.
Rhys Bennett gave the home side the lead after just two minutes after he headed in Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s delivery, before striker Joe Bunney tapped home a second goal just moments later.
However the relegation threatened Railwaymen hit back through quick-fire efforts from Marcus Haber and Ryan Seager, although Crewe still lie three points adrift of safety in 22nd spot after their fifth stalemate in their last six league games.
Staying at the wrong end of the table; Chesterfield clawed themselves out of the bottom four for the time being following Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at rock-bottom Colchester United.
However the Spireites had to work hard to earn a valuable point after midfielder Gary Liddle was sent off after just 16 minutes for a lunge on the home side’s Kane Vincent-Young.
Then the U’s went ahead through Macauley Bonne’s first goal in 11 matches after meeting Drew Wright’s cut back, only for Lee Novak to equalise from the penalty spot with 18 minutes remaining for ten-man Chesterfield.
Colchester’s winless run in League One is stretched to 17 outings, as they remain eight points adrift of safety, meanwhile Danny Wilson’s visitors hop one point clear of the drop zone.
The only other game in the third-tier came at Bloomfield Road where Blackpool drew 0-0 with Oldham Athletic, leaving both relegation rivals in fear of suffering the drop into League Two come May.
The Tangerines sit 18th, four points above the bottom four, whilst the Latics stay put in 23rd and are now five points adrift of survival.