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Round-up: Midweek matchday

19 April 2018

Promotions secured, big steps taken and the heat of a chase resumed - there weren't many games on Tuesday night, but there was certainly plenty of action.

Wigan Athletic gave themselves an eight-point cushion in the automatic promotion spots with a 1-0 win over Oxford United. The three points came courtesy of a Will Grigg goal, the Northern Ireland striker emerging from the bench to ensure the Latics capitalised on any Shrewsbury Town slip-up. 

And slip up they did... Paul Hurst's side welcomed Charlton Athletic to Montgomery Waters Meadow and went down 2-0, with Jason Pearce and Josh Magennis netting the goals to move the Addicks into fifth. 

Portsmouth's play-off charge took a hit last night, travelling to Valley Parade and falling foul to Bradford City's second win in 14 fixtures. Pompey went down 3-1 to the Bantams and now sit two places and one point outside the top six.

At the bottom end, a crucial match was played between two sides intent on survival. Rochdale welcomed Oldham Athletic to Spotland, where Latics' Johny Placide was the hero, saving a first-half penalty in a 0-0 draw. The result means the hosts remain in the bottom four, just a point behind their visitors.

Elsewhere, six goals were shared between Doncaster Rovers and the already relegated Bury. Rovers had led 2-0, but found themselves 3-2 down before Andy Boyle spared the hosts' blushes.

The other action of the evening saw Rotherham United come away from Gillingham with a 1-0 win to all but secure their place in the play-offs.

On Thursday night, Blackburn Rovers came from a goal down to beat Peterborough United 3-1 and edge one step closer to promotion.


Tuesday 17th April

Bradford City 3-1 Portsmouth
Doncaster Rovers 3-3 Bury
Gillingham 0-1 Rotherham United
Rochdale 0-0 Oldham Athletic
Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Charlton Athletic
Wigan Athletic 1-0 Oxford United

Thursday 19th April

Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Peterborough United

Accrington Stanley secured promotion to Sky Bet League One for the first time in their history on Tuesday night. Two goals in two minutes from the League Two Player of the Season, Billy Kee, gave them a 2-0 triumph over Yeovil Town at the Wham Stadium. 

Victory for bottom club Chesterfield at Exeter City would have confirmed Luton Town's promotion too, but it wasn't to be for the Hatters.

The Grecians were 2-1 winners thanks to a Jayden Stockley strike and a Alex Whitmore own goal. Paul Tisdale's men are just two points from an automatic spot.

Wycombe Wanderers are the side they're chasing, and the Chairboys dropped points last night at Sincil Bank, drawing with Lincoln City. The point for the Imps moved them back into sixth, still with a game in hand on eighth-placed Mansfield Town.


Tuesday 17th April

Accrington Stanley 2-0 Yeovil Town
Exeter City 2-1 Chesterfield
Lincoln City 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

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