With Christmas around the corner, Scunthorpe take the top spot whilst Vale sit in 17th position on 27 points.
League leaders Scunthorpe extended their unbeaten home streak to 23 games after beating Millwall 3-0. The win was thanks to a brace from Paddy Madden and a goal by Hakeeb Adelukan.
Sheffield United rose to second place after their win against Coventry after an 87thminute winner by Billy Sharp. The game also saw a pitch invasion from the Coventry fans in protest against club owners, Sisu.
Third Place Bolton were beaten for the first time in five league games thanks to a goal from Chesterfield’s Liam O’Neil at the Proact Stadium.
Bradford carried on their unbeaten December as they played out a 1-1 draw against Walsall for their second draw in a row. Isaiah Osbourne’s opener four minutes after the half was cancelled out by Jordy Hiwula’s 53rdminute goal.
Matty Lund earned Rochdale all three points over the weekend as they beat Northampton Town 3-2. Town were ahead twice during the game but they were unable to gain a win thanks to a second half brace, finishing Lund’s hat-trick.
Finishing out the top six is Peterborough as they came out victorious against Charlton Athletic at Valley Parade. Due to this result, Karl Robinson is still waiting for his first win as Charlton boss.
Sitting just a point outside the playoff spots is Southend United, who were given the lead by Nile Ranger. Another was added late on by Jermaine McGlashan to beat Oldham Athletic by two goals to nil.
David Ball cancelled out Swindon Town’s Luke Norris’ 12thminute opener as Fleetwood Town extended their unbeaten streak to eight at the County Ground.
Oxford United came out ahead in their 3-2 win against Bury. Bury twice went ahead through goals from James Vaughan and Tom Pope, only for a brace from Chris Maguire and an own goal from Greg Leigh gave the U’s the win.
Shrewsbury, who were bottom of the table before Saturday, earned all three points at Greenhous Meadow against Bristol Rovers. Louis Dodds scored his third in as many games and Ian Black also scored a penalty in the second half.
Gillingham carried on their unblemished home record against MK Dons due to a second half striker from Cody McDonald which saw Robbie Neilson to his first loss as Dons manager.