Leyton Orient returned to the League One summit, but the chasing pack closed the gap at the top of the division.
Orient's 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United was secured with a late Dean Cox goal, after Liverpool loanee Conor Coady had opened the scoring for the Blades. Russell Slade's men now move above Wolverhampton Wanderers and into first place on goal difference.
Wolves suffered just their second defeat of the season after a 1-0 loss at Peterborough. Darren Ferguson's side have been struggling of late after five losses in a row, but Michael Bostwick's winner ten minutes from time gave them a crucial win, with Posh now eight points behind the automatic playoff spots.
That defeat for Kenny Jackett's side has given Preston and Brentford renewed hope of breaking into the top two. Preston saw off managerless strugglers Bristol City with a goal from utility man Jack King, but the win was somewhat marred by a late red card for forward Paul Gallagher, who was involved in a fracas with Robins defenders Karleigh Osborne and Aden Flint. Osborne also saw red as the hostility continued down the tunnel, but the Lilywhites continue to impress, with their fifth win in the last eight outings.
Brentford also kept the pressure on the top two with a hard fought win at bottom club Notts County. Summer signing Will Grigg hit the winner just before half time, as Uwe Rosler's men continue their incredible form. The wins for Preston and Brentford have now closed the gap to just six points, and with the two sides set to face off in three weeks, the promotion race is already hotting up.
Steve Evans' Rotherham leapfrogged neighbours Bradford and into the playoff places with a thumping 4-1 win over Gillingham. Wigan loanee Nouha Dicko and new signing James Tavernier were on the scoresheet for the Millers, who are now unbeaten since the end of October.
At the foot of the table, Crewe Alexandra earned a valuable 1-0 over Crawley Town, with Arsenal loanee Chuks Aneke bagging the winner late on. There was also a win for Tranmere Rovers as journeyman Ryan Lowe struck a brace to see off Colchester United in a 2-1 win, but Stevenage remain in trouble after Shrewsbury demolished Graham Westley's side 3-1 at Broadhall Way.
The next full fixture list is on the 14th of December, but strugglers Notts County and Gillingham square off next weekend, with both sides out of the FA Cup. County are six points adrift of safety despite the appointment of Shaun Derry as the new manager, whilst Gillingham lie just four points outside of the relegation zone.
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