Brighton just a win from Division One
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Taylor's side are now set to end a 10-year absence from the top-half of English football, as they need just two points from their remaining two games to secure promotion.
Bobby Zamora (pictured) was making his return from a dislocated shoulder for The Seagulls and he was given a great chance to put his side in front with a penalty after just three minutes, but Posh keeper Mark Tyler made a great save to keep him at bay.
However, Zamora and Brighton were not be denied as the former Bristol Rovers man volleyed home his 32nd goal of the season after 64 minutes to seal victory.
Brighton could have won promotion today, but Brentford denied them that opportunity as they crushed Huddersfield 3-0 at Griffin Park.
The Bees had the game won by half time, as goals from Lloyd Owusu (28), Steve Sidwell (35) and Martin Rowlands (41) moved Brentford above Reading and into second place, although The Royals have a game in hand and can move back into the automatic positions with a win over Tranmere on Sunday.
Cardiff City took advantage of Stoke's defeat to Oldham earlier in the day as they moved level on points with The Potters, with a game-in-hand, after a 1-0 win over Colchester. Spencer Prior recorded the winner of just 20 minutes at Layer Road, as Lennie Lawrence's men continue their impressive run.
Bristol City left it late at Ashton Gate against Bury, as they needed two goals in the last four minutes to secure a crucial victory. The goals from Micky Bell (86) and Lee Peacock (90) mean that The Robins are just one point adrift.
Queens Park Rangers' chance of a play-off spot remained intact after their 1-0 win at Swindon. Loanee Jerome Thomas grabbed the only goal of the game with just 15 minutes remaining at The County Ground.
Wigan's record signing Nathan Ellington opened his Latics account in their 2-1 win at Chesterfield. Andy Liddell put Paul Jewell's side in front, before Mark Allott equalised from the penalty spot (19), after Scott Green had handballed for which he saw red.
But it was left to Ellington who rifled home left footed just four minutes later to give his new side victory.
Bury sunk into the relegation zone, after Notts County secured a 1-0 win over Blackpool at Meadow Lane. The Magpies' Aussie hitman Danny Allsopp grabbed his 28th goal of the season from the penalty spot just a minute into the second half.
Like County, Northampton have virtually secured their safety with a 4-1 win over Wycombe at The Sixfields Stadium.
Gavin Holligan (17) had given The Chairboys the lead, but Kevan Broadhurst's men came back strong as second half goals from Chris Hargreaves (52 & 65), Jamie Forrester (77) and Chris Carrurthers (84) ensured victory.
The wins for Northampton and Notts County mean that Wrexham have been relegated, despite the fact The Red Dragons beat bottom-of-the-table Cambridge 5-0 at The Racecourse - with all five coming from striker Lee Jones.
Jones joined Wrexham on transfer deadline day, after being released by Barnsley, and he turned in an unbelievable full home debut for his hometown club with his quintet (16, 49, 51, 61 & 74) of strikes.
Bournemouth drew 0-0 at Port Vale, but the point now means they are all but relegated as they need to win their remaining two games and hope both Notts County and Northampton lose there last two.
Click below for match summaries:
Brentford 3-0 Huddersfield
Bristol City 2-0 Bury
Chesterfield 1-2 Wigan
Colchester 0-1 Cardiff
Northampton 4-1 Wycombe
Notts County 1-0 Blackpool
Peterborough 0-1 Brighton
Port Vale 0-0 Bournemouth
Swindon 0-1 QPR
Wrexham 5-0 Cambridge