Promotion contenders win in League One

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The battle for the second automatic promotion spot in Coca-Cola League One looks set to go to the wire after victories for all four of the contenders on Easter Monday.

Swindon, Millwall, Leeds and Charlton are separated by only two points, with the Robins, who dispatched struggling Tranmere at the County Ground, leading the way. An own goal from Ben Gordon (10) set the hosts on their way and Billy Paynter doubled the lead from the spot in the 37th minute after Terry Gornell had been dismissed for a foul on the striker. Charlie Austin made it three in the 56th minute.

Millwall stayed a point behind Swindon after beating out-of-form Colchester 2-1. Kevin Lisbie (50) cancelled out Steve Morison's (43) opener for the Lions but a Danny Batth own goal 12 minutes from time gave the visitors the points. Play-off hopefuls Colchester are now without a win in eight games.

Richard Naylor (29, 34) scored twice as Leeds ended a run of four consecutive defeats with a 2-1 victory over Yeovil, for whom Dean Bowditch netted in the 66th minute.

Charlton beat Carlisle 1-0 thanks to Sam Sodje's goal while table-toppers Norwich made it a perfect day for the leading sides with a 2-1 victory over basement boys Stockport.

At the other end of the table there were vital victories for Gillingham and Hartlepool. The Gills had started the day in the bottom four but were convincing 3-0 winners against fellow strugglers Southend. Dennis Oli (47), Rene Howe (74) and Andy Barcham (85) netted in the second half.

Hartlepool are now four points clear of the bottom four thanks to a 2-0 win against Brighton, Roy O'Donovan (54) and Andy Monkhouse (70) grabbing the goals.

Wycombe continue to look doomed and fell to a 2-1 defeat at Walsall. First-half goals from Emmanuele Smith (7) and Julian Gray (22) proved enough for the Saddlers despite Adam Hinshelwood's 78th-minute effort for the visitors.

Southampton kept their late run for a play-off place going by coming from behind to beat Leyton Orient 2-1. John Spicer netted after only two minutes but Adam Lallana (41, 54) turned things around with goals either side of half-time. Bristol Rovers are also in contention for the top six but MK Dons' challenge looks to be over after Jo Kuffour (56) netted the only goal of their game.

Exeter picked up a valuable point in their fight against the drop in a 0-0 draw at Brentford.

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Yeovil Town
Colchester United
Andy Barcham
Norwich City
Ipswich Town
Bristol Rovers
Milton Keynes Dons
Dean Bowditch
Bristol City
Charlie Austin
Richard Naylor
Jo Kuffour
John Spicer
League One
Swindon Town
Danny Batth
Southend United
Adam Lallana
Julian Gray
Steve Morison
Andy Monkhouse
Carlisle United
Rene Howe
Rene Howe
Terry Gornell
Dean Bowditch
Adam Hinshelwood
Kevin Lisbie
Billy Paynter
Sam Sodje
Kevin Lisbie
Leeds United
Emmanuele Smith
Dennis Oli
Roy O'Donovan
Tranmere Rovers
Charlton Athletic
Leyton Orient
Brighton & Hove Albion

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