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Walsall stun Rovers

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Andy Butler claimed a double as npower League One strugglers Walsall climbed off the bottom of the table with a 6-1 rout of Bristol Rovers.

Butler started the ball rolling with a 17th-minute header and further goals from Matthew Gill and Julian Gray gave the home side a 3-0 lead at the break.

Jeff Hughes pulled one back for the visitors four minutes after the restart, but Matt Richards and Alex Nicholls killed off any hope of a fightback before Butler claimed his second 17 minutes from time.

At the other end of the table, Bournemouth strengthened their grip on second place behind leaders Brighton, who were in FA Cup fourth-round action, with a 2-1 win at Plymouth.

Veteran striker Steve Fletcher, the club's assistant manager under new boss Lee Bradbury, came off the bench to claim victory six minutes from time. Marc Pugh had fired the visitors into a 19th-minute lead, but Rory Fallon looked to have secured a point with his 71st-minute equaliser until Fletcher intervened.

Oldham, who started the day in seventh, climbed two places as a result of a 2-2 draw at Carlisle, although they will be kicking themselves after squandering a 2-0 lead.

The Latics looked to be cruising when goals from Aidy White and Chris Taylor inside the opening 33 minutes had put them in complete control. However, Francois Zoko pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining, and when the home side were awarded a stoppage-time penalty for Paul Black's challenge on the same man, James Berrett converted.

Yeovil edged themselves closer to safety with a precious win at Brentford, although they remain just inside the bottom four. The visitors took the lead with 22 minutes gone through Oli Johnson, but Charlie MacDonald levelled for the home side six minutes before the break.

However, Paul Wotton won it seven minutes from time after Brentford keeper Richard Lee had been dismissed.

Swindon were unable to make home advantage count against Exeter as a 0-0 draw left them sitting precariously above the drop zone on goal difference.

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