Lincoln City and Hull City maintained their strong starts to the season as both notched up wins on the road to go first and second respectively in Sky Bet League One. At the other end; Burton Albion, Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town all dropped points as they make up the bottom four along with Swindon Town. Swindon's game with Accrington Stanley was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests with all four sides locked on six points.
Tigers and Imps early pace setters
A first half strike from Harry Anderson was enough to see Lincoln take all three points away at Crewe Alexandra, with the away side showing no side of slowing down. The Imps have taken maximum points from their last three games and many would not have predicted them to be at the summit of the league as November approaches.
McCann's substitutions pay off
Hull City came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers, and after woeful first 45 minutes from Grant McCann’s men all three of his triple substitutions netted as the Tigers ran out 1-3 winners. Keane Lewis-Potter, Regan Slater and Tom Eaves made sure Hull bounced back from a disappointing home defeat at the weekend to Peterborough United. The Posh drop to fourth as they could only draw at home to Burton Albion, with the away side twice coming from behind to deny Darren Ferguson’s men.
Ipswich and Portsmouth keep up the pressure on the top two
Ipswich Town got back to winning ways at home to Gillingham, as the Tractor boys leapt above Peterborough with their first win in three games. Teddy Bishop scored the winner late on into the game as Gillingham fell to their fourth straight defeat and are now 16th in the table.
It was an excellent night for Portsmouth, as they swept Northampton Town aside 4-0 thanks to a brace from in-form John Marquis as well as a goal a piece from Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness. This was Kenny Jacket’s side’s third win in eight days and they move into fifth position.
Charlton win; Sunderland drop points
Charlton Athletic continued their good run, despite having Ryan Inniss sent off for a second yellow card. Two first half goals from Conor Washington and Andrew Shinnie saw Charlton move up to sixth above Sunderland, who could only draw away to Rochdale. Matt Lund scored a brace for Dale who came from behind twice, with Charlie Wyke and Bailey Wright netting for the Black Cats, who drop points for the second successive game.
Doncaster slip up again at Plymouth
Plymouth Argyle had an excellent result at home, beating Doncaster Rovers 2-1 thanks to goals from Luke Jephcott and Joe Edwards. Fjiri Okenabirhie scored a consolation for Rovers, but after they beat Ipswich last week they have now lost twice in quick succession. Crewe won at the Keepmoat at the weekend and Doncaster are now in ninth position.
Wimbledon, Fleetwood and MK Dons all take three points
Elsewhere in League One, AFC Wimbldon; Fleetwood Town and MK Dons all claimed three points over Blackpool, Shrewsbury and Wigan Athletic respectively to leave Wimbledon and Fleetwood three points outside the play-off positions and MK Dons leap up to 17th position.
Accrington and Plymouth's weekend fixture has already been postponed due to COVID-19 tests, as well as next week's midweek clash between Hull and Stanley.