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EFL matchday review: March 23

25 March 2019

With international duty on the agenda for the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Two took centre stage and they certainly did not disappoint.

Walsall 0-1 Barnsley

Jacob Brown's stoppage-time goal boosted Barnsley’s hopes of automatic promotion at Walsall.

Brown fired the ball through keeper Liam Roberts' legs after his first effort was blocked when it looked like they would have to settle for a third successive goalless draw.

The win extended second-placed Barnsley's unbeaten run in League One to 19 games and they also recorded a seventh clean sheet in a row, their 20th of the season so far. 

Luton Town 4-0 Doncaster Rovers

Luton made it 26 league games unbeaten with a thumping 4-0 home win over Play-Off hopefuls Doncaster Rovers to continue their dominance at the top of the table. 

Only Bristol Rovers have ever gone longer without defeat in a single third tier season. 

The Hatters will beat that record if they manage to go two more games without losing. 

Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Portsmouth

Portsmouth climbed up to third with victory at relegation-threatened Shrewsbury Town.

Ben Close and Brett Pitman were on the scoresheet at New Meadow to keep Pompey just four points off Barnsley against a Shrews side just a point clear of the bottom four.

Portsmouth have now earned 12 points from their last five league games, one more point than they had amassed in their previous 11 games in League One.

Bradford City 1-4 Blackpool

Bradford’s survival hopes suffered a blow with a 4-1 home defeat by manager Gary Bowyer's old club Blackpool.

Blackpool striker Armand Gnanduillet hit a brace and has now scored 10 goals in League One this season; the first time he has reached double figures for goals in a single EFL campaign.  

The result means that the Bantams remain bottom and six points adrift from safety. 

AFC Wimbledon 2-4 Gillingham

Tom Eaves scored his 19th league goal of the season as Gillingham came from behind to record an impressive victory at struggling AFC Wimbledon.

The result ends a run of three straight victories for Wally Downes’ side, who drop back down to 23rd in the table. 

Rochdale 3-1 Scunthorpe United

Rochdale moved to within one point of safety after a 3-1 home win against Scunthorpe United.

Veteran striker Aaron Wilbraham scored twice for the hosts and Kgosi Ntlhe also netted to cancel out Jordan Hallam's strike for Scunthorpe on his EFL debut.

Wilbraham is now the oldest player to score in League One this season at the age of 39 years and 153 days. 

Crawley Town 0-3 Lincoln City

Lincoln City took another step towards automatic promotion with a 3-0 win at Crawley Town.

The Imps have not tasted defeat for 16 games, their best unbeaten run since 1997, after goals from Bruno Andrade, Shay McCartan and Cian Bolger earned them victory.

Lincoln have only once gone on a longer unbeaten run in the EFL, a run of 18 games in 1980. 

MK Dons 2-0 Yeovil Town

MK Dons moved back into the automatic promotion places with victory over struggling Yeovil Town.

Ryan Harley's strike was his first since the opening day of the season following an injury-hit campaign, before Chuks Aneke added a second for the hosts late on to inflict a fourth-straight league defeat on the Glovers.

Aneke’s goal was his 16th of the season League Two, making it the best scoring league season in his professional career. 

Mansfield Town 1-2 Crewe Alexandra

It was Mansfield Town who dropped out of the top three after two goals by substitute Callum Ainley saw them crash to a 2-1 home defeat against Crewe Alexandra.

Ainley broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, eight minutes after coming on, before adding a second in the 84th minute.

Home skipper Krystian Pearce pulled one back in added time, but it came too late to save the Stags.

Notts County 0-1 Exeter City

Nicky Law struck in added time to give 10-man Exeter a hard-fought victory at bottom-of-the-table Notts County. 

The relegation-threatened Magpies failed to capitalise on Ryan Bowman's first-half dismissal and Law hit the winner in the 93rd minute for the Play-Off-chasing Grecians.

County remain three points adrift of safety with seven games remaining. 

Macclesfield Town 2-2 Stevenage

Macclesfield Town snatched a point with a Danny Whitaker equaliser deep into stoppage time against Stevenage.

The point sees Sol Campbell’s men now just two points away from escaping the bottom two, with a game in hand over 22nd-placed Yeovil Town. 

Port Vale 0-2 Forest Green Rovers

Two second-half goals for Reece Brown earned Play-Off hopefuls Forest Green Rovers victory at Port Vale.

Brown has been directly involved in each of Rovers’ last seven league goals, scoring five and assisting two.

The result means Vale drop to 21st - seven points clear of the relegation places.

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