AFC Bournemouth applied a little bit of pressure on the chasing pack as they took on Watford on Friday evening in front of the TV cameras. Goals from Kermorgant (35th min pen) and Ritchie (57th min) proved to be more than enough for 10-man Watford who saw Angella sent off after just 26 seconds! AFC Bournemouth 1st, Watford 6th.
Rising to the challenge came Derby County who managed to see Cardiff City off at the City Of Cardiff Stadium with a 2-0 win. Malone put past his own keeper in the 22nd minute to put The Rams in front, then Martin scored at the right end on the stroke of half time to confirm the win. Cardiff City 13th, Derby County 2nd.
Middlesbrough managed to edge past Brentford at Griffin Park with a 44th minute Leadbitter penalty after Button committed a foul to concede the spot kick. Brentford 5th, Middlesbrough 3rd.
Ipswich Town (4th) will be kicking themselves having been held to a 0-0 draw against Wigan Athletic (23rd) at Portman Road.
Wolves kept in touch with the play-off places, but left it late to salvage a point against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium. Dicko had given the side from Molineux a 3rd minute lead, only to see a Clough brace turn the game around in the 23rd and 25th minutes. A point was salvaged when Henry popped up with a stuning leveller in the 95th minute. Bolton Wanderers 14th, Wolves 7th.
Blackburn Rovers closed the gap on top-6 to 8 points with a 2-1 win over Fulham. Marshall (12th min) gave the home side the lead, with Rhodes doubling the advantage just after the hour mark. McCormack pulledone back in the 66th minute, but it wasn't enough to inspire the comeback. Blackburn Rovers 9th, Fulham 15th.
Reading gave themselves some breathing space above the drop-zone as they managed to collect 3-points against Sheffield Wednesday at the Madj Stad. Pogrebnyak (29th min) and Chalobah (40th min) bagged the goals to seal victory. Reading 16th, Sheffield Wednesday 10th.
Millwall gave themselves hope of beating the drop with a massive 3-points away at Nottingham Forest. Fuller scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute to give the Lions sight of safety. Nottingham Forest 12th, Millwall 22nd.
Leeds United left it late to bag their win at the John Smiths Stadium against Huddersfield Town, on a day when 3-points didn't seem that important. Byram put Leeds ahead in the 7th minute, with Bunn levelling in the 26th minute. Sharp popped up in the 90th minute to bag the winner. Thoughts in this match were with Town defender Smith, who was taken to air lifted off the pitch with a serious injury. Huddersfield Town 17th, Leeds United 19th.
Charlton Athletic had to be content with a point against Rotherham United at The Valley despite taking a late lead through Cousins in the 83rd minute. The Millers levelled in the 91st minute through Ward. Charlton Athletic 18th, Rotherham United 20th.
Blackpool bagged an all too rare win as they claimed a single goal victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Bloomfield Road. O'Hara scored the goal to bag the points in the 75th minute. The win still leaves the Tangerines effectively 10-points shy of safety given their dreadful goal difference. Blackpool 24th, Brighton & Hove Albion 21st.
The only other game played over the weekend saw Birmingham City (11th) draw 0-0 with Norwich City (8th) at St Andrews.