Lee Barnard was Southampton's hero once again as his side moved into pole position for an automatic promotion place from npower League One with a 2-0 win over Charlton at St Mary's.

Barnard, who sealed a stunning comeback with the winner over MK Dons on Saturday, struck in the 58th minute to add to Guly Do Prado's 11th minute opener and send Saints within two points of second-placed Huddersfield with two games in hand.

Peterborough also stayed in the hunt after two goals in the first 10 minutes from David Ball sunk relegation-threatened Dagenham & Redbridge and kept Posh sitting just a point behind Nigel Adkins' men in fourth.

Rochdale's remarkable late surge towards a play-off place continued as Craig Dawson and Will Atkinson scored in a 2-1 win at Notts County, who pulled one back through Lee Hughes, while Bournemouth crashed to a Jeff Hughes penalty at resurgent Bristol Rovers.

Plymouth remained rock-bottom after Scott McGleish and Dean Cox scored in a 2-0 win for Leyton Orient.

Sheffield Wednesday continued to ease away from danger with a 4-0 win over Tranmere at Hillsborough.

They were 3-0 up in 22 minutes thanks to two from Tommy Miller, including a penalty, and one from Gary Madine, before Neil Mellor added a fourth in stoppage time.

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