Hull City went top of Sky Bet League One on Saturday night with a hard fought away performance against in-form MK Dons at Stadium MK.
Josh Magennis announced his arrival back from International duty with two quick fire goals, twice putting the Tigers ahead either side of a Stephen Walker equaliser in a breathless opening 12 minutes. James Scott made sure of the points 15 minutes from time, scoring after coming on as a substitute and sealing Hull’s fifth consecutive win in all competitions.
Peterborough United slip down to second after their home loss to Blackpool. Jerry Yates gave the Tangerines the lead after 19 minutes, and the Posh had wait until six minutes from time for their equaliser. However, just when they thought they had done enough to earn a point, they fell to an injury time Gary Madine goal which saw Blackpool claim an unexpected win. Blackpool move up to 14th position and the win will provide them with confidence going in to the midweek game against Doncaster Rovers.
Ipswich Town left it late against Shrewsbury Town to move up to third - level on points with Peterborough, but with a game in hand on their rivals. Oliver Norburn gave the Shrews an early lead from the penalty spot, and it looked like the League One strugglers would hold on for an unlikely win. Ethan Ebanks-Landell had the misfortune of scoring an own goal to level the scores with 15 minutes to go, and in the seventh minute of stoppage time Jack Lankester won it for Ipswich to leave Shrews boss Sam Ricketts under massive pressure. His team have picked up only one win this season and despite being in the game for so long, Ipswich wore their opponents down in the end. Suddenly, Ipswich vs Hull City on Tuesday night now looks like the game of the season so far.
Portsmouth continued their good form with a 4-1 home win over Crewe Alexandra. Ronan Curtis scored a brace; Tom Naylor netted one and John Marquis added a fourth before Crewe pulled a consolation goal back from the penalty spot via Oliver Finney in injury time.
Charlton Athletic lost ground at the top of the table, drawing at Gillingham 1-1 in a game of two second half goals. Jordan Graham put Gills ahead with less than 20 minutes to go from the penalty spot, but Charlton fought back and equalised ten minutes later through Chuks Aneke. Charlton stay fifth, and Gillingham are fifteenth after stopping the rot somewhat in recent weeks.
Lincoln City failed to keep up the pressure at the top, after leading the division in the early weeks. They could only draw 0-0 with Accrington Stanley, and despite having the majority of the possession Lincoln couldn’t muster any more shots on target than their hosts. Sean McConville saw red for the hosts after coming on as a substitute, and Stanley will be more than happy with the point given the circumstances.
Fleetwood Town ran riot against Plymouth Argyle, with the game ending 5-1 to Town. Joey Barton’s men were 3-0 up at half time thanks to goals from Sam Finley, Callum Camps and Wes Burns before Charlie Mulgrew added a fourth and Camps grabbed his second to make it five. Luke Jephcott pulled one back for Argyle but they were second best all over the pitch and Fleetwood are now seventh with Argyle in tenth.
Doncaster Rovers and Sunderland had to settle for a share of the spoils as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw at the the Keepmoat Stadium. It looked like Grant Leadbitter’s goal just before half time would be enough for Phil Parkinson’s men to take all three points, but an injury time equaliser from Fejiri Okenabirhie earned Rovers a late point.
There was late drama elsewhere at the Crown Oil Arena in Rochdale as AFC Wimbledon struck in added time to take all three points back down south and move away from the lower reaches of the table. With the game locked at 0-0 with only a minute of added time to go, Ethan Chislett scored a late winner to condemn Dale to their sixth defeat of the season and leave them 20th in the table.
Northampton Town notched up an impressive three points on the road as they saw off basement club Burton Albion 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium. A Harry Smith brace and a late Chris Lines strike was only answered by a late Lucas Atkins penalty in stoppage time to see Town move up to 16th position and leave Burton languishing at the foot of the table.
Swindon Town got the better of Bristol Rovers at the County Ground, with Brett Pitman’s 76th minute header proving to be the difference between the two teams. Elsewhere, a late James Henry goal for Oxford United saw them take three points from Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. Matty Taylor had put Oxford ahead just after the hour Mark, only for Thelo Aasgaard to level things up a minute from time. Henry scored in the second minute of added time to give United a deserved three points.