Eoin Doyle became the first player in the English league to reach the 20-goal milestone this season with a brace as Chesterfield beat Crawley Town 3-0 to move to fifth in League One.

And the two well-taken goals may prove perfect timing for the Dubliner as the January transfer window nears its end, with several Championship clubs linked to the top scorer in English football.

Cardiff City are one of the most high-profile sides believed to be tracking the progress of the former Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers striker who has hit top form this season, helping Paul Cook’s side into the play-off places.

Doyle’s double against Dean Saunder’s Crawley again proved his natural goalscoring ability as he twisted and turned in the box for his opening goal, before producing a fine, quick-thinking half-volley for his second of the night.

Sheffield United are rumoured to have bid £650,000 for the Spireites’ striker, however, it is believed that Chesterfield rejected that offer and now rate the 26-year-old at £2million.

Derby County, Huddersfield Town and Millwall are other clubs said to be interested in signing Doyle ahead of Monday’s deadline, however, speaking after last night’s victory, Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson hinted that the club would do their best to hold on to the star striker.

“We want to keep everyone together,” said Richardson.

Meanwhile, former Galway United midfielder Jay O'Shea scored Chesterfield's other goal in their 3-0 win. O'Shea smashed home a fine effort, cutting in from the right wing, to grab his first goal of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Ireland international pair Conor Sammon and Paul Green were both on target as Rotherham United beat Bolton Wanderers 4-2.

Former UCD and Derry City striker Sammon bagged his first goal for his new club, having recently joined from Ipswich Town as the Millers moved five points clear of the relegation zone in the Championship.

Green was instrumental in the victory over Neil Lennon's side and chipped in with a sublime headed effort in the much-needed win for Steve Evans' side.

Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick both played the full game for Derby as Steve McClaren's side beat a Shane Duffy-less Blackburn 2-0 to move into the automatic play-off places in the Championship.

In the battle of the Ireland keepers, both Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood impressed keeping clean sheets at either end as Birmingham held Sheffield Wednesday scoreless at Hillsborough.

Ireland number one David Forde kept a rare clean sheet as Millwall gained a point in their bid to avoid relegation as they drew 0-0 with Alex Pearce's Reading.