Gera goal puts West Brom back on top
West Bromwich Albion returned to the top of the League Championship after Zoltan Gera's second-half goal earned the Baggies a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Gera had seen a header smack against the woodwork in a breathless opening 45 minutes at Molineux but made no mistake in the 59th minute to settle a fabulous match.
West Brom were joined in the automatic promotion places by Hull, who claimed an emphatic 3-1 victory at Barnsley.
Gera had come closest to breaking the deadlock with a header against the crossbar in the first half.
Then Ishmael Miller planted a header over Wayne Hennessey but on to the roof of the net for the Baggies before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake should have put Wolves ahead but he failed to control his header.
However, West Brom struck when a quick ball forward caught the Wolves defence square and after Phillips had skipped over the challenge of Collins, he was able to slide a ball across the six-yard box to Gera who side-footed home unmarked.
Dean Marney made one and scored one to haul Hull into the automatic promotion places and halt Barnsley's recent renaissance.
Marney held his nerve to convert a crucial first-half penalty after Dennis Souza felled Fraizer Campbell and then set up Ian Ashbee for his side's second.
Substitute Dean Windass added a third with his first touch to take his tally for the season to 13 and wrap up three precious points for Phil Brown's men.
In League One, Huddersfield claimed a 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Leeds after both teams were reduced to 10 men for the second half.
Leeds' Jonathan Douglas was sent off for his second bookable offence, just seven minutes after receiving his first yellow card.
However, Jonathan Worthington was dismissed for serious foul play on the stroke of half-time for the hosts to level matters.
Andy Holdsworth's close-range header 15 minutes from time was enough to give the Terriers victory.
Bristol Rovers went ahead at Walsall when Richard Lambert headed in Joe Jacobson's left-wing cross and it was sufficient for victory.
Milton Keynes Dons failed to confirm promotion from League Two after a 0-0 draw with Hereford.
Paul Ince's side had needed to win to go up to League One.
Wycombe scored the first goal of the night when Sergio Torres hit a left-footed shot into the net from Delroy Facey's cross to give them victory at Grimsby.
Rochdale claimed a 3-0 win over Barnet to leapfrog Darlington into fifth.
Adam Le Fondre put the hosts ahead in the 34th minute when he scored from close range following Gary Jones' header.
Rene Howe extended the lead four minutes into the second half with Kallum Higginbotham making it three.
Aldershot returned to the Football League, with a 1-1 draw with Exeter sufficient to see them promoted from the Blue Square Premier.
Exeter took the lead when Adam Stansfield converted Matthew Gill's right-wing cross in the 39th minute before Shots drew level through Scott Donnelly.