By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Derby County went top of the Championship after a 1-0 win at Southend United.
Derby County took advantage of Birmingham City not playing on Saturday to go top of the Championship after a 1-0 win at Southend United.
Steve Howard's strike (33) at Roots Hall sent The Rams three points clear at the summit.
Preston North End moved level on points with idle Birmingham after coming from two goals down to defeat Stoke City 3-2 at Deepdale.
Liam Lawrence scored the fastest goal in England on Saturday, striking The Potters in front after just a minute and 25 seconds.
Mamady Sidibe (7) then doubled Stoke's lead, as Tony Pulis's side looked in good shape for three away points.
However, goals from Paul McKenna (65) and David Nugent (74) pulled The Lilywhites level before Kelvin Wilson (89) claimed Preston's winner in the dying stages.
West Bromwich Albion remain on the tails of the Championship's frontrunners after a 3-2 win at struggling Leeds United.
After January signing Tore Andre Flo (3) gave The Whites the lead, The Baggies stormed out to a 3-1 lead through Jonathan Greening (7) and a brace from Diomansy Kamara (19, 45).
Another new signing in Alan Thompson (66) pulled a goal back for Leeds, but their troubles at the foot of the Championship table continue.
Southampton sent Queens Park Rangers near the relegation zone after a 2-0 success at Loftus Road.
Late goals from Grzegorz Rasiak (81) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (90) gave Saints all three points in West London to pull level in the table with West Brom.
Cardiff City ended a run of 13 games without a win with a late 2-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Michael Chopra gave The Bluebirds the lead on 27 minutes in the early kick-off at Molineux before Wolves levelled in the second half.
Seyi Olofinjana made it 1-1 on 58 minutes before Cardiff claimed their first three points since November.
New signing Jason Byrne struck two minutes before the end to give Dave Jones's side an important away result in the Black Country.
Sunderland sit just outside the play-off places on goal difference after a 4-2 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Black Cats took a two-goal lead into the break through Dwight Yorke (21) and Tobias Hysen (45).
David Connolly (58) made it three at Hillsborough before The Owls replied late on through Chris Brunt (82) and Wade Small (87).
However, January signing Carlos Edwards made sure Sunderland took the points back to Wearside with a fourth a minute from the end.
Ipswich Town defeated local rivals Colchester United 3-2 at Portman Road, despite going behind to a Karl Duguid strike (15).
An Alan Lee penalty (30) levelled matters before Sylvain Legwinski (56) gave Ipswich the lead.
Danny Haynes (82) made it three for Town before Colchester got a consolation goal through a Chris Iwelumo penalty after Ipswich's David Wright was sent off for a deliberate handball.
Hull City earned a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, despite falling behind to a Carl Fletcher (51) strike for The Eagles.
Ian Ashbee (72) equalised for The Tigers at Selhurst Park.
Finally, Barnsley dragged Luton Town into a relegation battle after a 2-0 win at Kenilworth Road.
Brian Howard (7) and Martin Devaney (90) earned a vital win for The Tykes in Bedfordshire.
Click below for match summaries:
Crystal Palace 1-1 Hull City
Ipswich Town 3-2 Colchester United
Leeds United 2-3 West Bromwich Albion
Luton Town 0-2 Barnsley
Preston North End 3-2 Stoke City
Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Southampton
Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sunderland
Southend United 0-1 Derby County
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Cardiff City