Team of the week
Barry Roche - Morecambe
The Irish goalkeeper produced arguably his best display of the season as he helped the Shrimps to knock Port Vale off the top of the standings thanks to a classic smash-and-grab win. Vale battered at the Morecambe door but the 6 foot 4 inch shot-stopper performed heroics to deny the prolific Tom Pope from levelling.
Johnny Mullins - Rotherham
The Millers skipper helped his side to move to within one point of the automatic promotion places after scoring the winner at home to Chesterfield. The breakthrough finally came after 57 minutes as the full-back rose above everyone in a crowded goalmouth to head home David Noble's corner.
Kelvin Langmead - Northampton
The Cobblers skipper earned his side a 2-1 win against Southend at Roots Hall after scoring at both ends. He inadvertently flicked Matty Lund's header into his own net to hand the hosts an equaliser and the game looked to be heading for a draw until the visitors stole it right at the death, with the 27-year-old heading home from close range as Shrimpers goalkeeper Paul Smith stayed rooted to his line for his seventh goal of the season. He said: "Thankfully, I've got the goal at the other end. Hopefully it cancels that out and everyone will forgive me."
Tom Parkes - Bristol Rovers
The club captain helped Rovers make it six wins and two draws from nine games since John Ward replaced Mark McGhee as manager with a 1-0 victory over Wycombe. The visitors went close on several occasions in the second half, including in a goalmouth scramble, but the youngster was at the heart of the action to deny them a point.
Rhys Bennett - Rochdale
Keith Hill picked up the first win of his second spell in charge at Rochdale thanks to a goal courtesy of Bennett's 18th-minute effort at home to Torquay. The full-back saw his initial shot parried by goalkeeper Michael Poke but was first to the loose ball and converted from close range.
Danny Rose - Aldershot
The 24-year-old, who played under Dean Holdsworth at Newport County, produced an all-action display for his boss to earn a hard-fought 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Cheltenham. The breakthrough came from Aldershot after 24 minutes, when the ball was worked to Rose, who is currently on loan from Fleetwood, to thread his shot through a crowded area. After the game, Holdsworth said: "Today, Danny was magnificent."
Gary McDonald - Morecambe
The midfielder was in inspirational form to help Morecambe defeat Port Vale. He supplied the cross from the left byline for Lewis Alessandra to score the winner and earn his side a fourth victory in five matches as they moved up to 10th. Top scorer Tom Pope also saw an effort cleared off the line, with McDonald in the thick of the action before he made a remarkable stop to deny Darren Purse's point-blank header from going in in the dying minutes.
Jacques Maghoma - Burton Albion
Former Tottenham youth academy player Maghoma scored a brace as Burton thrashed 10-man Fleetwood 4-0 to move into the third automatic promotion place. The 25-year-old was brought down 10 minutes into the second half and he dusted himself down before slotting home from 12 yards. The visitors sealed a comprehensive win with three minutes remaining when substitute Calvin Zola picked out the run of Maghoma and the tricky winger slid the ball low into the corner.
Gary Alexander - AFC Wimbledon
The on-loan Crawley striker headed a late winner as the Dons earned a crucial 2-1 win over Capital One Cup finalists Bradford to move them to within one point off safety. The league's bottom side looked to be heading for a point, but nobody picked up Alexander from Tony Ajala's corner and he headed the ball into the back of the net for a dramatic 93rd-minute winner.
Jimmy Keohane - Exeter City
Substitute Keohane proved to be the Grecians hero on Friday night as they overcame struggling Accrington at St James Park. The Irishman came on after 65 minutes and bagged his first 14 minutes later with a stylish finish after a neat one-two. Exeter's 18-goal top goalscorer Jamie Cureton set him up for an easy second. Manager Paul Tisdale praised Keohane after the game, as he said: "He's improving all the time, and he's getting better with the tough parts of the game as well."
Deon Burton - Gillingham
It seemed to be a good weekend for substitutes as Burton scored the winner to help Gillingham reclaim top spot in the standings with victory at home to Dagenham and Redbridge. The experienced 36-year-old bagged his 11th goal of the season with 22 minutes remaining to hand his side just a second home win in eight matches.