League One Round-Up: Peterborough go top
on goal difference; Gills lose fifth in a row
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Peterborough United struck five as Darren Ferguson’s team climbed to the summit of Sky Bet League One, brushing aside lowly Shrewsbury Town with Siriki Dembele impressing scoring a hat trick after Jonson Clarke-Harris opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Charlie Daniels did pull the Shrews level on 18 minutes, but Josh Vela’s red card in first half injury time saw Dembele run riot in the second half with Jack Taylor adding a late fifth for the Posh.

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  • Hawkins hero for Ipswich; Whiteman's stunner enough to beat Lincoln

Oliver Hawkins was the hero for Ipswich Town as his solitary proved enough for the Tractor Boys to claim a narrow win over Crewe Alexandra. His header from an Alan Judge cross saw Town climb to second in the division - only one goal behind leaders Peterborough. They moved above Lincoln City, who lost to a spectacular Ben Whiteman goal at Doncaster Rovers. Whiteman received the ball thirty yards out before firing a thunderous volley past Lincoln goalkeeper Alex Palmer, with the Rovers captain keeping up his good form as his side climb to eighth.

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  • Tigers fall to defeat at Swindon

In-form Hull City started well against Swindon Town, with Keane Lewis-Potter scoring a superb goal just after the fifteen minute mark. Without a win in five, however, Swindon grew into the game and equalised after Paul Caddis took advantage of poor marking from a corner.  Joel Grant scored what proved to be the winner before the hour mark, with Swindon playing the ball out from the back and getting forward well for Grant to finish well and send Town up to 20th. 

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  • Sunderland win at Rochdale; Evans under pressure after fifth defeat in a row

Charlton Athletic and Sunderland had identical results - 0-2 away victories - at Portsmouth and Gillingham respectively. Charlton and Sunderland now stand fifth and sixth, but the pressure and the focus will be on the teams that lost - particularly Steve Evans and Gillingham. Portsmouth have been in good form as of late, but the same cannot be said for Gills. They have lost their last five games and haven’t won since 10th October.

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  • Barton's Fleetwood win again

Fleetwood Town continued their good form with a 2-0 win over basement side Oxford United, with Joey Barton’s side scoring early on through Callum Camps and never looking back. Paddy Madden came off the bench to add a second and see Town go up to ninth. Plymouth Argyle stay tenth as their match against Accrington Stanley was called off due to positive coronavirus tests in the Accrington camp. Stanley’s midweek clash at Hull City is also off as part of the EFL COVID procedure. 

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  • Wimbedon Derby ends all square

Two early goals between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon saw both sides settle for a share of the spoils in the bitterest of all League One derbies - Joe Piggot scored the opener for Wimbledon, but Scott Fraser levelled minutes later to see Wimbledon in 11th position and MK Dons in 19th. Wimbledon will be moving back to Plough Lane in the coming weeks and fans will be buoyed at this, despite no light at the end of the tunnel regarding fans returning to games.

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  • Gas and Dale all square; Burton beaten by Blackpool and Cobblers win on the road

Bristol Rovers and Rochdale played out a 1-1 draw that sees both teams locked on 12 points and separated only on goal difference, with Sam Nicholson scoring for Rovers and Alex Newby hitting back for Rochdale. Burton Albion dropped more points after conceding a late penalty to Blackpool. Jerry Yates scored a brace leave Albion lingering at the bottom of the table and see Blackpool move up to 16th. Finally, Wigan Athletic fell to a home defeat against Northampton Town. Subsitute Caleb Chukwuemeka was the hero for the Cobblers as they held on to a 3-2 lead in a nervy last 15 minutes for Keith Curle's men.

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