Football League: Five things you may have missed

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport
Reading supporters at MK Dons
Travelling Reading supporters shield their eyes from the wintry sunshine at MK Dons

An icy chill may have descended across the country, with some games falling victim to the weather, but there was no shortage of stories across the Football League on Saturday.

A late, dramatic winner for a managerless side, more despair on the road for one set of travelling supporters and a birthday goal for one of the league's most prolific strikers - BBC Sport takes you through the tales you might have missed.

Late drama at Ashton Gate

An eventful week at Bristol City culminated in a stoppage-time winner from Wes Burns against Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

The club parted company with manager Steve Cotterill on Thursday after he failed to build on their League One and Football League Trophy double-winning exploits of last season.

Wes Burns scores for Bristol City against Middlesbrough
Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos is beaten for the first time in 10 league games

John Pemberton and Wade Elliot were in caretaker charge in the dugout for the hosts against a Middlesbrough side looking to continue a run of nine consecutive clean sheets.

Busting one or two coupons no doubt, City pressed for victory and were eventually rewarded in the 96th minute when Burns got the final touch from a corner.

In the process, Boro missed the chance to set a new Football League record of 10 straight shut-outs in the second tier as goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos had to go through the unfamiliar process of picking the ball out of his own net.

Charlton's tumultuous week gets worse

Another club who have experienced unrest off the pitch in the past seven days is Charlton.

After shipping five goals away at Huddersfield on Tuesday, captain Johnnie Jackson promised to reimburse fans who made the fruitless trip to Yorkshire.

Charlton's Ricardo Vaz Te with manager Jose Riga
Jose Riga attempts to get a word across to Charlton's Ricardo Vaz Te

The following day, the club dismissed interim manager Karel Fraeye. A familiar face was then back in charge less than 24 hours later when Jose Riga was reappointed for a second spell at The Valley.

But the Belgian could bring little change to the Addicks' fortunes as they travelled to second-placed Hull on Saturday.

Tigers striker Abel Hernandez completed a 30-minute first-half hat-trick and Hull went on to bag three more goals in a 6-0 rout.

Who might be digging into their pockets on this occasion to cover the journeys to Humberside?

Charlton fans at Hull
The few Charlton fans who did make the trip to Hull saw their side concede six goals

Charlton conceding 11 goals in their past two games comes among continued unrest from supporters towards Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet, who is now on to his sixth head coach since taking over the club in January 2014.

Home matches have seen a number of protests and the formation of a group called "Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet" which aims to bring about a sale of the club.

Bobby bags a birthday goal

It's not been the happiest of times for Brighton of late after their unbeaten 21-game start to the season came to an end before Christmas.

But, in Bobby Zamora, they have a player who is Brighton through and through.

Who better to help bring to an end a run of eight league games without a win? On his 35th birthday, the former Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham and QPR striker stepped up to do just that at Blackburn.

Bobby Zamora celebrates scoring on his 35th birthday
A real Bobby Dazzler for Zamora and Brighton at Blackburn

After just three minutes at Ewood Park, Zamora was on hand to tap home the rebound from Jamie Murphy's initial shot off the post.

It was Zamora's 89th goal in a Brighton shirt and saw Chris Hughton's side climb back into the Championship play-off places.

Do you ever play at home?

"Accrington Stanley, who are they? - Exactly" went the slogan from the cult 1980s milk advert.

But, you could be forgiven for asking people in the North West the same question some 15 years later.

Freezing overnight temperatures saw the League Two club forced into postponing yet another home game.

Accrington Stanley's Wham Stadium
Overnight frost meant Portsmouth's trip to Accrington was an early postponement on Saturday

Saturday's clash against Portsmouth became the latest at the Wham Stadium not to go ahead as planned after the pitch failed to pass referee Trevor Kettle's 10:00 GMT inspection.

It means Stanley have now not played a home game since 14 November - a 2-2 draw against Newport County - with four games having fallen foul of the weather.

But spare a thought for Pompey fans who made a wasted trip.

Thankfully, Accrington were on hand to offer alternative entertainment and even free food.

Accrington Stanley offer a free lunch after Portsmouth postponement

Barnet show generosity towards Carlisle

Staying with postponements, Carlisle have had their own tales to tell lately of rearranged fixtures.

Following the floods across Cumbria last month, United have been forced to play "home" matches at Preston, Blackpool and Blackburn while Brunton Park recovers.

New pitch is laid for flood-hit Carlisle Utd

For Saturday's 660-mile round-trip to Barnet, travelling supporters were given half-price entry. A bucket collection was also organised by Barnet supporters to raise funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

However, there was little of note in the game itself at The Hive, which finished goalless.

Carlisle hope to return to action at Brunton Park next weekend for the visit of York in League Two once a new pitch is laid.

But, before that, Keith Curle's side will turn their immediate attentions to a FA Cup third-round replay at Yeovil on Tuesday.