It was a great day to be Tommy Smith – if you were the one who plays for Queens Park Rangers and scored the winner at Everton. But not if you were the one at Ipswich Town – being sent off without touching the ball is not quite so heroic. Smith's red card a minute after coming on as a half-time substitute away to Peterbrough United turned a bad day for Ipswich into a absolute horror show as it reduced them to nine men and they lost 7-1.
Remarkably Keith Andrews had put Ipswich ahead after 22 minutes, but by half-time they were 4-1 down after Paul Taylor and Lee Tomlin scored twice each – and a man down with Lee Martin sent off for a foul. Then Smith came on, brought down Tomlin and was sent off. Grant McCann netted the penalty, soon scored again and Tomlin added the seventh at the end. After a drubbing by Southampton that was 12 goals conceded in two games. "Our defending was shambolic," Paul Jewell said. "But as manager I have to take responsibility for our results."
Brighton lost their perfect record since promotion when Kevin Phillips scored twice to drag relegated Blackpool back from 2-0 behind to snatch a point at the Amex Stadium. Goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes seemed to have put Brighton in control by the 50th minute, but on the hour Neal Eardley swung in a free-kick for Phillips to pull one back and as added time beckoned Phillips cracked in the equaliser.
Derby County kept pace with promoted Southampton at the top after Ben Davies helped Kevin Kilbane and Steve Davies to score two goals and netted the third himself in a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.
At the Madejski stadium Reading missed two penalties, by Ian Harte and Noel Hunt, and finally netted a third, by Hal Robson-Kanu when it was too late, as Barnsley won 2-1 with goals by Stephen Foster and Matt Done. Crystal Palace had a rare away win, 1-0 at Hull, where Jermaine Easter's shot was deflected in for the winner; Rob Earnshaw earned Cardiff a 1-1 draw at Burnley, who led through Charlie Austin's early goal.
No perfect records after Charlton Athletic lost theirs in a 2-2 home draw – Bobby Grant completing his double for Scunthorpe United in added time – and Sheffield United were held 1-1 at Tranmere Rovers. Milton Keynes Dons are top on goal difference after Sam Baldock's hat-trick led them to a 6-2 win over Chesterfield.