Blades go second

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Sheffield United moved into second place in the First Division last night with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield. Howard Kendall's side now trail Bolton by five points.

United responded to Andy Payton's ninth goal of the season for Huddersfield with goals by Lee Sandford and Mark Patterson before David White sealed the points early in the second half.

Tranmere, in fifth place, looked anything but promotion candidates as they tamely surrendered to Reading, who won 2-0 at Elm Park with first- half goals by James Lambert and Trevor Morley. Birmingham drew 0-0 at home to Barnsley in a game interrupted for 12 minutes by a floodlight failure. Steve Bruce missed a second-half penalty for Birmingham.

In the Second Division, Mike Bell's 77th minute strike at Adams Park lifted Wycombe off the bottom of the table with a victory that knocked Millwall off the top and condemned the London side to their fourth defeat of the season.

Brentford are the new leaders following their 2-0 win against struggling Notts County. Brentford stretched their unbeaten League run at Griffin Park to 11 matches.

Windows were broken and extra police and stewards were drafted in to deal with a demonstration by hundreds of Brighton fans after their 3-2 defeat at home to Darlington. Police made one arrest as fans vented their feelings at the running of the Third Division club.

The protest began soon after the final whistle in a game which saw Brighton tumble to their fifth successive defeat.