Football League round-up: Blackburn edge eight-goal thriller to go top as Leicester fall to Wolves defeat

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
BARNSLEY
 1-1 BLACKPOOL
HULL CITY
 4-1 MILLWALL
BOLTON
 2-1 WATFORD
MIDDLESBROUGH
 2-0 IPSWICH
BRISTOL CITY
 3-5 BLACKBURN
NOTTM FOREST
 2-2
BIRMINGHAM CITY
BURNLEY
 5-2 PETERBOROUGH
BRIGHTON
  3-0 
SHEFF WED
CARDIFF CITY
 2-1 LEEDS UNITED
CHARLTON 0-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
HUDDERSFIELD
 1-0 DERBY
WOLVES
2-1
LEICESTER CITY

Blackburn Rovers stormed to the top of the Championship with a 5-3 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate, with Jordan Rhodes getting his first goals for his new club.

Rhodes’ first of the afternoon came on 28 minutes to equalise before confirming the result with a last-minute strike from inside the penalty box just moments to confirm that all three points where staying in Lancashire.

Burnley also recorded an emphatic result as they demolished bottom club Peterborough 5-2 at Turf Moor but had to come from behind after Lee Tomlin and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing put Posh 2-1 up. A Charlie Austin second-half double, including a penalty, earned the home side the win.

Meanwhile, Gianfranco Zola's Watford tasted defeat against a clinical Bolton side, where a Kevin Davies header doubled the home side's early lead to beat the Hornets 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

There were also wins for Cardiff, Huddersfield, Hull City and Middlesbrough while Blackpool missed the chance to go top after drawing 1-1 away to Barnsley and Nottingham Forest and Birmingham shared the spoils at St Andrews with a 2-2 draw.

On Sunday, set-pieces helped Wolves to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Richard Stearman capitalised on dead-ball situations and Paul Konchesky's long-range effort proved only a consolation strike for the Foxes.

LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
BOURNEMOUTH  1-1 HARTLEPOOL PRESTON 1-2 CRAWLEY
CARLISLE
 2-2 
SWINDON SHEFF UTD
 1-1 
BURY
COLCHESTER
1-2 DONCASTER SHEWSBURY
0-1 SCUNTHORPE
MK DONS
 1-0 
YEOVIL
STEVENAGE 2-2
CREWE
OLDHAM
 2-2 
NOTTS COUNTY
TRANMERE 2-0
COVENTRY
PORTSMOUTH
1-2 WALSALL
LEYTON ORIENT
1-0 
BRENTFORD

Tranmere Rovers soared to the top of League One after two late goals sent Coventry City plummeting in the opposite direction as they ran out 2-0 winners at Prenton Park.

An 83rd-minute strike from Andy Robinson, following a one-two move with Joe Thompson, doubled Rovers’ advantage after Jake Cassidy's 79th-minute opener, a curler from the edge of the box left manager-less City winless.

The game of the day came at the Lamex Stadium where Crewe were close to a big upset before Robin Shroot rescued a point for Stevenage after two goals in ten minutes from Ajay Leitch-Smith secured a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Crawley Town came away from Deepdale with all three points where a Gary Alexander double secured a 2-1 win over Preston North End.

There were also wins for Scunthorpe, Doncaster, MK Dons and Walsall as Bournemouth held Hartlepool at home and Carlisle were denied all three points by Swindon Town.

LEAGUE TWO RESULTS
AFC WIMBLEDON 1-2 ROCHDALE
DAG & RED
1-1 ACCRINGTON
ALDERSHOT 0-0
MORECAMBE EXETER
 1-1 
YORK
BRADFORD  3-0 
BARNET
FLEETWOOD
 1-0 
NORTHAMPTON
BURTON ALBION
 4-0 
OXFORD UNITED
GILLINGHAM 4-0 BRISTOL ROVERS
CHELTENHAM 1-3 SOUTHEND
PLYMOUTH 1-3 PORT VALE
CHESTERFIELD 3-1 WYCOMBE ROTHERHAM  1-0 
TORQUAY

Gillingham remained top of League Two with a clinical 4-0 home win over Bristol Rovers as a double from Danny Kedwell sent the Gills on their way.

The result was all but confirmed by the time Chris Whelpdale swept home in the 82nd minute but the damage was done in the opening quarter of an hour as Kedwell converted a close-range header to add to his fifth-minute penalty.

Burton Albion also completed a handsome 4-0 win at home to Oxford United with two goals each from Jaques Maghoma and Calvin Zola, who set the ball rolling in the 25th minute with a long-range effort to leave United languishing in mid-table.

Meanwhile, bottom side Barnet fell at Valley Parade to a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Bradford City whilst Rochdale beat AFC Wimbledon away 2-1.

There were also wins for Fleetwood, Port Vale and Rotherham while points were shared between Aldershot and Morecambe, Dagenham and Redbridge and Exeter and York.

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