With Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two taking centre stage on FA Cup weekend, here are five things you may have missed from around the grounds.
1. Dominant Hull lead the way
Hull City continued their good run of form with an emphatic 4-0 victory over promotion rivals Portsmouth. It was a statement win from Grant McCann’s side against a Portsmouth side who were unbeaten in their previous six Sky Bet League One games.
It was a day to forget for Pompey defender Jack Whatmough who was on the scoresheet at the wrong end not once, but twice, his unwanted brace joined by goals from George Honeyman and Josh Magennis secured victory for the Tigers, who lead the way in League One on goal difference. The heavy home defeat saw Kenny Jackett’s side slip four points behind the automatic promotion places.
2. Rooney’s Rams on the rise
Derby County’s top scorer Colin Kazim-Richards scored to earn the Rams victory over Queens Park Rangers and secure a second successive victory under new manager Wayne Rooney. The result also made it seven clean sheets since Rooney took charge of the club. Still in 21st place in the Sky Bet Championship, the victory has moved the Rams five points clear of the relegation zone - albeit having played three games more than the Millers, who are currently in 22nd .
3. Morecambe turning on the style
Morecambe moved back into the League Two Play-Off places with an impressive 3-0 victory over Colchester United, and are now just four points off top spot in Sky Bet League Two. Goals from Adam Phillips, Toumani Diagouraga and John O’Sullivan gave the Shrimps three points against a Colchester side who were reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark. Playing and scoring with confidence, they travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter City on Tuesday night, where three points could see them into the automatic promotion places.
4. Five in a row for Mansfield Town
Jamie Reid scored the only goal of the game as Mansfield Town overcame Southend United to record their fifth straight win and continue their rise up the League Two table. A side that was winless when Nigel Clough took to the dugout in November, the Stags are now the in-form side in the division, with five wins in a row and seven from their last 12.
5. Sunderland edge closer to the Play-Offs
Sunderland were winless in their last six matches at home in Sky Bet League One prior to the weekend, and with Shrewsbury Town on an unbeaten run of five on the road, it was set to be a tough test for Lee Johnson’s side. However, Charlie Wyke’s 14th goal of the season secured a long-awaited home win for the Black Cats, to move within one point of the Play-Off places.