Newcastle United moved five points clear at the top of the Championship on Saturday evening, beating third-placed Huddersfield Town 3-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Matt Ritchie’s penalty early in the first-half, followed up by strikes from Daryl Murphy and Dwight Gayle, sealed victory for the Magpies in West Yorkshire, as they close in on a Premier League return.
Brighton and Hove Albion had the chance to move up to the summit of the second-tier, ahead of the late kick-off for Rafael Benitez’s Tynesiders.
However, Chris Hughton’s Seagulls could not take that opportunity. Brighton suffered a heavy defeat on their travels to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, with Zach Clough netting a brace for the East Midlanders.
In League One, table-toppers Sheffield United squandered a two-goal lead away to Rochdale at Spotland. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored 12 minutes from time to deny Chris Wilder’s Blades maximum points in Greater Manchester.
At Glanford Park, there was a meeting between second and third, as in-form Fleetwood Town moved inside the top two after goals in either half from Devante Cole and Bobby Grant ensured that Uwe Rosler’s Cod Army secured a 2-0 triumph over Scunthorpe United, who drop outside the automatic promotion places, having gone seven games without a win.
Meanwhile, in League Two, Doncaster Rovers were held to a goalless draw at Crawley Town, though they are four points clear of their nearest challengers, Plymouth Argyle, at the top of the fourth-tier.
Doncaster’s draw allowed Derek Adams’ second-placed Pilgrims to move within four points of their promotion rivals by downing third-placed Carlisle United at Home Park, courtesy of Graham Carey and Jake Jervis’ efforts.
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