Addicks prevail at The Valley

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Promotion hopefuls Charlton kept alive their hopes of securing a top-two spot in Coca-Cola League One with a a 4-2 victory over a plucky Bristol Rovers at The Valley, in an evening that saw six red cards across the division.

David Mooney and Deon Burton, from the penalty spot, put the Addicks 2-0 up inside 16 minutes before a Jeff Hughes spot-kick and Chris Lines' 56th-minute goal levelled the scores. Nicky Bailey (68) and Akpo Sodje (86) sealed the points to stay three points clear in second.

Colchester moved third with a 2-0 win over Stockport, Kevin Lisbie and Clive Platt scoring the goals inside the opening quarter of an hour.

Norwich are up to third after a 4-1 triumph over Brighton. Grant Holt, Wes Hoolahan and Chris Martin netted for the Canaries, while there was also a Tommy Elphick own-goal and a consolation for James Tunnicliffe.

Carlisle, meanwhile, got the better of hosts MK Dons in a seven-goal thriller to go four points clear of the relegation scrap.

The Cumbrians took a stunning 3-0 lead over their sixth-placed opponents with Vincent Pericard on target twice and Kevan Hurst opening the scoring. Paul Ince's side fought back to level the scores through a Luke Chadwick brace and Sam Baldock's effort before United substitute Joe Anyinsah won it with 23 minutes to go. Blues midfielder Tom Taiwo was sent off in injury-time.

Swindon bested Huddersfield 2-1 with Charlie Austin securing the winner after goals from Billy Paynter and Lee Novak had cancelled each other out. Ten-man Exeter grabbed an 88th-minute equaliser through Adam Stansfield to steal a 1-1 draw against Millwall after Steve Tully's red card.

Simeon Jackson slotted from the spot for the only goal in Gillingham's match with Yeovil, who had Jean-Paul Kalala sent off and rock bottom Tranmere picked up a 2-0 home win against Southend.

Southampton moved to within a point of leaving the relegation zone thanks to goals from Adam Lallana (two) and Rickie Lambert in their 3-1 away win at Hartlepool, for whom Ritchie Jones saw red.

Troy Deeney scored twice as Walsall brushed 10-man Oldham aside 3-0, with Lee Hills the man dismissed. Matt Harrold's 48th-minute penalty was enough to see off Brentford, who later saw James Wilson red carded, while Leeds beat Leyton Orient 1-0 at Elland Road.

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Tom Taiwo
Yeovil Town
Colchester United
Ritchie Jones
Norwich City
Lee Hills
Chris Martin
Bristol Rovers
Milton Keynes Dons
Chris Martin
Akpo Sodje
Tommy Elphick
Clive Platt
Vincent Pericard
Troy Deeney
Nicky Bailey
David Mooney
Matt Harrold
Jeff Hughes
League One
Rickie Lambert
James Wilson
Huddersfield Town
Swindon Town
Southend United
Wes Hoolahan
Adam Lallana
Jean-Paul Kalala
Joe Anyinsah
Lee Novak
James Tunnicliffe
Carlisle United
Oldham Athletic
Chris Lines
Adam Stansfield
Steve Tully
Luke Chadwick
Kevin Lisbie
Grant Holt
Simeon Jackson
Billy Paynter
Kevan Hurst
Kevin Lisbie
Leeds United
Tranmere Rovers
Charlton Athletic
Leyton Orient
Brighton & Hove Albion
Deon Burton
Sam Baldock

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