Leaders Brighton opened 2011 with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Leyton Orient as Glenn Murray plundered a hat-trick at Withdean Stadium in npower League One.
Murray, who now has taken his goals tally into double figures, set the home side - who had not won a league game since the start of November - on their way after 29 minutes, with an own goal from Jamie Jones (31) making it 2-0 before Orient had the chance to recover.
The former Carlisle trainee netted again at the start of the second half, before securing his hat-trick on the hour while Ashley Barnes (73) completed the rout as Brighton moved six points clear at the summit.
Southampton are now up to second place after they thumped Exeter 4-0 at St Mary's. Brazilian striker Guly (19 & 51) netted a brace, with Adam Lallana (65) scoring and Lee Barnard adding a fourth in stoppage time.
Charlton remain third after they were held to a 3-3 draw in an action-packed clash at Colchester. Bournemouth are fourth after their 2-1 win at Swindon. Huddersfield missed the chance to go second after they blew a two-goal lead to draw at Carlisle.
The Terriers were cruising after goals from Peter Clarke (23) & Scott Arfield (63). However, Francois Zoko (71) started the fightback, with James Chester heading in a corner with eight minutes left.
Hartlepool extended their winning run to five matches as they beat Oldham 4-2 to move within a point of the play-offs. MK Dons are also just a point from the top six after they recorded a 2-0 home win over Bristol Rovers with first-half goals from Daniel Powell (10) and Peter Leven (25).
Gary Alexander's late header gave Brentford a 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge at Griffin Park. Paul Ince's Notts County chalked up a 3-0 win at bottom club Walsall, with goals from Craig Westcarr (9), Lee Miller (16) and Krystian Pearce (56).
Rochdale claimed a first win in seven games as they beat Tranmere 3-2 at Spotland, where the visitors played most of the match with 10 men. Marlon Broomes was sent off on 24 minutes after a professional foul, with Gary Jones converting the resulting penalty.
Plymouth and Yeovil drew 0-0 at Home Park, where Pilgrims goalkeeper David Button saved a first-half penalty from Sam Williams.
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