Football League round-up: Southampton snatch late draw

We round-up the action from the Football League as the Saints stayed top of the Championship

A high scoring weekend of Football League action showed once again that life outside the Premier League is anything but dull.

Championship

An injury-time equaliser for Leeds saw them come from behind to snatch a point at Brighton in a six goal thriller on Friday night. In a hard-fought game which saw five players from each team booked, both sides managed to maintain their top half positions in the Championship.

Leaders Southampton looked odds on favourites to grab three points at free falling Burnley, but they needed an 80th-minute leveller from Morgan Schneiderlin to cancel out Charlie Austin’s opener for the Clarets.

Middlesbrough failed to capitalise on The Saints’ slip up with a goalless draw at home to Ipswich, while an injury time Erik Huseklepp winner for Portsmouth broke Blackpool hearts after Ian Holloway’s men looked set to hold on for a point.

Derby continued their impressive run and consolidated their play-off position with a three goal win over Millwall, Dean Saunders celebrated his appointment as manager of bottom club Doncaster by leading them to their first win of the season over Crystal Palace, while Birmingham, Barnsley, Bristol City, Hull, Coventry and Reading were all involved in 1-1 draws.

Elsewhere, Steve McClaren’s Nottingham Forest won 1-0 away at Watford, while West Ham beat Peterborough at home by the same margin.

League One

Charlton strengthened their grip on the top spot with a 3-1 home win over Chesterfield, Sheffield United pushed towards the play-off places with a 3-0 victory over Exeter, while ex-Championship teams Preston North End and Scunthorpe both recorded 2-1 triumphs at home to Tranmere and Yeovil.

Wycombe recorded a surprise victory over second placed Sheffied United, while Brentford held onto their play-off place with a 2-0 win at Oldham. Elsewhere, Notts County beat Rochdale 2-0, Hartlepool went up to third with victory at Bournmouth, Carlisle enjoyed a home win over Stevenage with a solitary goal, while MK Dons continued to slide with a goalless draw at Bury.

Pre-season favourites Huddersfield drew 2-2 at home to Leyton Orient while Colchester beat Walsall at home by a solitary goal.

League Two

Leaders Morecambe held onto the top spot thanks to their goal difference despite going down three goals to two at home to Bristol Rovers while Shrewsbury went level on points at the top with 2-0 win at home to Torquay.

Southend went goal crazy, putting four past Rotherham to fire them into the third automatic promotion spot with Crawley Town close on their heels with a 1-0 win over Aldershot. AFC Wimbledon moved into a play-off position following a 2-1 win away to Bradford, Cheltenham and Hereford were involved in a goalless draw, while Crewe and Port Vale drew 1-1.

Gillingham consolidated a play-off place with a 3-1 win over Burton Albion, while Oxford and Accrington Stanley drew 1-1 and Northampton beat Dagenham and Redbridge 2-1. Bottom club Plymouth gave themselves hope of a comeback with a 2-0 home win over Macclesfield, while Swindon climbed the table thanks to a 4-0 win over Barnet.

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