Football League: Five things you may have missed

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Middlesbrough celebrate Derby County win
Middlesbrough's hopes of promotion to the Premier League received a huge boost with victory over Derby

The tones of Auld Lang Syne have only just died down, resolutions are being made and the promotion and relegation battles are beginning to take shape.

So it must be time for the Football League to welcome in 2016.

BBC Sport rounds up the best bits from Saturday's action in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Kim Kardashian, the NHS choir... and Aitor Karanka

The NHS Choir (left), Kim Kardashian (centre) and Narendra Modi
The NHS Choir (left) got the Christmas number one, Kim Kardashian gave birth to her second baby, Saint, while Narendra Modi addressed 60,000 people at Wembley Stadium

What links Kim Kardashian giving birth to her second baby, the NHS choir getting to number one in the UK charts and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK?

The answer: They have all taken place since Championship leaders Middlesbrough last conceded a league goal - a run of eight games and almost two months.

They kept out second-placed Derby on Saturday as late goals from Albert Adomah and George Friend ensured a 2-0 win over the Rams that put them four points clear with a game in hand at the top of the Championship.

In fact, the 3-0 loss at Hull on 7 November is the only Championship game Middlesbrough have conceded a goal in in 11 matches since Dave Edwards scored for Wolves in Boro's 3-1 win at Molineux on 24 October.

After missing out in the play-offs last season can anyone stop Aitor Karanka's Boro making the leap to the top flight?

Chesterfield break their winless run in style

Chesterfield celebrate
Chesterfield celebrate after Jay O'Shea scores a penalty during their 7-1 demolition of Shrewsbury Town

Chesterfield headed into this weekend's action on a run of 10 games without a win in all competitions, stretching back to when they beat non-league FC United of Manchester 4-1 in the opening round of the FA Cup back on 9 November.

But that record was broken in spectacular style as the Spireites thumped fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town 7-1 at the Proact Stadium to move out of the League One relegation zone.

Lee Novak, who is on loan from Birmingham City, helped himself to a hat-trick for the first time in his career as Chesterfield registered their biggest win since a 6-0 thrashing of Colchester in April last year.

The longest away trip cut by 167 miles

Carlisle lost 2-0 to Plymouth Argyle
There were 26,739 empty seats at Ewood Park as Carlisle lost 2-0 to Plymouth Argyle

Mention a trip to Carlisle and most away fans will start looking for the destinations of petrol stations on the route to Brunton Park.

But nobody has to travel further than Plymouth Argyle - the 779-mile round trip is the longest in the Football League.

While there was no cause for cheer at the devastating flooding in Cumbria last month, it at least cut down Plymouth's longest trip of the season by 167 miles after it was announced that Blackburn's Ewood Park would host the game.

And that reduced travel time clearly had the desired effect for the League Two leaders as they took three points 306 miles back down the M6, M5 and A38 as goals from Ryan Brunt and Gregg Wylde gave them a 2-0 win at Carlisle's home away from home.

Yeovil Town are on the up

Darren Way
Darren Way was appointed as full-time Yeovil manager earlier in the week, after being in caretaker charge

There cannot be a hardier set of fans anywhere in England right now than the ones who frequent Huish Park.

Two years ago they were mixing it with the likes of Leicester, Watford, Bournemouth and Leeds in the Championship.

Roll on 18 months and they've suffered two successive relegations and had not won a League Two game in 17 attempts.

But Scott Dolan's penalty gave them a 1-0 win over York City in Darren Way's first game as permanent boss and saw the Glovers leapfrog the Minstermen and move off the bottom of the Football League.

The walls fall down at Fortress Roots Hall

The Football League's list of 2015's top home performers
The Football League's list of 2015's top home performers

In 2015 Southend United's Roots Hall was one of the toughest places to get a result in the entire Football League.

Phil Brown's side won 13 of their 23 home games last year - a record of 63.8%.

So what's happened in Essex in the past two games? The Shrimpers, who lost just four times at home in 2015 before Christmas, have suffered defeat in their last two games at Roots Hall - both comprehensively.

A 4-0 loss on Monday to Millwall - their last game of 2015, was compounded by a 3-0 reverse by Doncaster as Southend began 2016 by dropping three points and one place outside the play-off places.

Picture of the day...

Brentford go for a unique 'double wall' as they prepare to take a free-kick against Birmingham City, who built their own conventional five-man construction behind the Bees' four-man and three-man versions. Bizarre.

The Brentford 'double wall'
The Brentford 'double wall' as seen from the BBC London commentary position by summariser Steve Froggatt