League One roundup: Wolverhampton Wanderers headed for Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers secure their passage back into the Championship, while Brentford will have to wait a little longer to join the celebrations.

Wolverhampton Wanderers sealed their promotion to the Championship this afternoon after beating Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Gresty Road.

Kevin McDonald struck the opener on the stroke of half time, before a red card for Chuks Aneke gave Wolves the impetus to build on their advantage after the restart.

Dave Edwards struck midway through the second half to double his team's lead and help propel Kenny Jackett's men back into England's second tier at the first time of asking.

Meanwhile, Brentford suffered a hiccup in their bid to edge closer to joining the West Midlands outfit after Mark Warburton's charges slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Swindon Town.

Louis Thompson's strike moments before the half-time whistle proved enough for the Robins, who faced ten men for much of the second half after Adam Forshaw was red-carded for two bookings.

The Bees now sit seven points ahead of third-placed Leyton Orient, who proved that they were up for the fight by thrashing Gillingham 5-1 at the Matchroom Stadium.

David Mooney and Dean Cox fired the O's into a comfortable 2-0 lead after just 10 minutes, before Kevin Lisbie and the Irishman sent the Londoners into a commanding four-goal half-time lead.

Chris Dagnall added a fifth, while Craig Fagan notched a late consolation as five-star Orient reached the 80-point mark.

Elsewhere, MK Dons slipped nine points behind Peterborough United, who occupy the final playoff position.

Kgosi Ntlhe's sixth-minute strike proved enough for Posh to down Coventry City and consolidate their place in the top six, while the Dons slumped to a 2-0 home defeat to Crawley Town as goals from Andrew Drury and Mike Jones sealed the win

At the other end of the division, Notts County recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat Port Vale 4-2 at Meadow Lane.

An own goal from Curtis Thompson and a Gavin Tomlin strike had Vale cruising on the 25-minute mark.

However, a brace from James Spencer before half time helped restore parity, before a double from Jamal Campbell-Ryce sent Shaun Derry's men on their way.

The victory brings the Magpies out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone ahead of the remaining four fixtures.

Results in full: Crewe 0-2 Wolves, Leyton Orient 5-1 Gillingham, MK Dons 0-2 Crawley Town, Notts County 4-2, Peterborough United 1-0 Coventry City, Preston 6-1 Carlisle United, Stevenage 2-3 Colchester United, Swindon 1-0 Brentford, Tranmere 2-1 Shrewsbury Town, Walsall 0-1 Bristol City

Zeli Ismail of Wolves battles with Sam Saunders of Brentford during the Sky Bet League One game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford at Molineux on November 23, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves27195350203062
2Derby CountyDerby28158544232153
3Cardiff CityCardiff27155740251550
4Bristol City2913974033748
5Aston Villa27138639241547
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds UnitedLeeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston North EndPreston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Norwich CityNorwich28117102831-340
13Ipswich TownIpswich27123124039139
14Queens Park RangersQPR2789103137-633
15Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull City27510123944-525
21Bolton WanderersBolton2767142545-2025
22Burton Albion2766152146-2524
23Birmingham CityBirmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
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