West Brom moved back within touching distance of an automatic promotion place in the Coca-Cola Championship with a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United at The Hawthorns.
Jerome Thomas deflected 50th-minute effort effectively ended the contest after a first-half penalty from Graham Dorrans and a second from Roman Bednar on the half-hour mark.
Darius Henderson reduced the deficit for the Blades from the spot but the home side were always in command and Thomas' effort ensured they reduced the gap to second-placed Nottingham Forest to two points with a game in hand.
Cardiff also kept up the pace in fourth place but only just as they had to rely on Jay Bothroyd's 90th-minute header to squeak a 2-1 win over Doncaster.
The Bluebirds went into the game in good heart after their 6-0 thrashing of Bristol City and things looked even better when Michael Chopra opened the scoring on nine minutes.
But Gareth Roberts' 65th-minute equaliser threatened to spoil the party.
A 10-point penalty and the impending departure of star man Victor Moses could not stop Crystal Palace getting back to winning ways as Neil Danns' double eased them to a 2-0 win over rock-bottom Peterborough at Selhurst Park.
Ten-man Blackpool looked to be heading for a superb win over Coventry at the Ricoh Arena when on-loan Barry Bannan fired them in front in the 69th minute despite Brett Ormerod's earlier sending-off.
But an own goal seven minutes from time by Alex Baptiste handed the Sky Blues a point and left the Seasiders still hovering a point outside the play-off places.
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