Brighton opened up an eight-point lead at the summit of npower League One with a 3-0 hammering of 10-man promotion rivals Peterborough at London Road.
Brighton gained an early advantage from Ashley Barnes' 16th-minute header on his 21st birthday, before Peterborough's George Boyd was sent off for violent conduct nine minutes later.
Joe Lewis saved Elliott Bennett's penalty to prevent Gus Poyet's side from moving 2-0 ahead just before the half-hour mark. But five minutes later the second goal arrived when Inigo Calderon struck, and Barnes converted a 61st-minute penalty to seal the win.
Huddersfield were reduced to 10 men after Alan Lee's early dismissal but Lee Clark's men still managed to beat Walsall 1-0 to move into second. Lee was given a straight red for a foul on Emmanuele Smith in the 24th minute before Anthony Pilkington's 30-yard strike secured the win.
Paul Ince's first game in charge of Notts County did not go to plan as his side were beaten 3-1 by Southampton at Meadow Lane.
County went ahead through Mike Edwards but John Thompson's dismissal turned the match in Southampton's favour. Edwards was sent off for a foul on Lee Barnard in the box and Richard Lambert scored from the spot before the Saints added two more courtesy of Barnard and Adam Lallana to guarantee all three points.
Goals from Tommy Williams and substitute Ian Henderson moved Colchester up to third after a 2-1 win at Bournemouth, who grabbed a late consolation through Steve Fletcher.
Charlton leapfrogged Sheffield Wednesday into sixth place after ending the Owls' six-match unbeaten with a first-half strike from Scott Wagstaff at The Valley.
Brentford missed two late penalties but still ran out 4-2 victors at Exeter.
Kevin O'Connor and Myles Weston both failed to convert spot-kicks but the damage had already been done by the Bees, who had Leon Legge, Gary Alexander, Sam Wood and Charlie MacDonald on the scoresheet. Jamie Cureton scored twice for Exeter, who drop four places to 14th.
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