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Round-up: Matchday 39

24 March 2018

Just League One and League Two football this weekend due to the international break. Here's the review...

Shrewsbury Town and Wigan Athletic both made the most of things with promotion rivals Blackburn Rovers out of action.

Rovers are down to third without kicking a ball, with the Shrews returning to the summit thanks to a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon. Bryn Morris was sent off late on for the hosts, but the Dons couldn't find a way to cancel out Stefan Payne's strike.

Wigan are now second after a routine win at bottom club Bury. Nick Powell and Chey Dunkley wrapped up the points either side of the break.

Rotherham United lost their third game in four – a 2-0 reverse at Southend United – although they remain comfortably in fourth, six points clear of Scunthorpe United, who were held at home by struggling Rochdale.

Danny Lloyd salvaged a point for Peterborough United at home to Bristol Rovers, a result good enough to see them return to the top six at the expense of Plymouth Argyle. The Pilgrims were undone by two goals in 17 minutes at the Valley, giving Lee Bowyer the dream start as Charlton Athletic's caretaker boss.

At the opposite end of the table, Fleetwood Town's 2-0 success over Northampton Town moved them further clear of danger and plunged the Cobblers closer to relegation. They stay above Milton Keynes Dons, however, after their recent resurgence was halted with a 0-0 draw against Blackpool.

Dominic Poleon struck in the second half at the Northern Commercials Stadium, to give Bradford City a 1-0 success at home to Gillingham.

On Sunday, Portsmouth scored three times and took three points on home turf against Oxford United, with a brace from Brett Pitman and Kai Naismith's strike securing victory, in Karl Robinson's first match in charge of the visitors.

With Accrington Stanley out of action, Luton Town returned to the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 2-0 win over Barnet – Danny Hylton and James Collins grabbing the goals to halt the Hatters' five-match winless run.

Behind them remain Wycombe Wanderers who were left frustrated after being held to a goalless draw by lowly Port Vale. Notts County could close the gap to a point if they can overcome Chesterfield on Sunday afternoon.

Exeter City are next in line, coming from behind to defeat Swindon Town 3-1 on home turf. Coventry City are up to sixth after Marc McNulty's hat-trick inspired a 4-0 win over Grimsby Town – the Mariners are now winless in 18 games.

Mansfield Town fell to a 2-0 loss at Forest Green Rovers with Reuben Reid and Dayle Grubb netting after the break, while Lincoln City drew 0-0 at Morecambe to stay within reach of the top seven.

The game of the day was contested at the Stadium, where Cheltenham Town struck three times in a stunning first-half display. The goals continued to flow after the break, with the Robins eventually registering a 5-3 win – Mo Eisa reaching 20 league goals with a brace.

Elsewhere, there were away wins for Crewe Alexandra and Colchester United, winning at Newport County and Stevenage respectively, while Carlisle United and Cambridge United shared the spoils.

The League Two weekend was concluded at the Proact Stadium, where Jack Lester's Chesterfield picked up a crucial 3-1 win over Notts County. 


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