Going into round 13 of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign, Scunthorpe United extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.
United went behind in the first half courtesy of Kieran Agard, and it took the introduction of Paddy Madden in order for Scunthorpe to get back into the game. Two goals from the Irishman saw the Iron claim all three points at home against MK Dons.
Bradford City could not keep up with the league leaders as they dropped points on the road against Oxford United. Chris Maguire’s stoppage-time free kick sealed all three points for the U’s, after City’s Billy Clarke missed a first-half penalty. This is Bradford City’s first defeat of the season.
Bolton Wanderers climbed one place in the play-offs to third after they beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at home. Zach Clough’s first goals since April sealed the win for the Trotters, including a delicious free kick.
Rochdale recorded their sixth successive league win with a 2-0 victory over play-off rivals and neighbours Bury. An Ian Henderson penalty and Nathanial Mendez-Laing’s third of the season wrapped up the three points. Bury ended the game with nine men, with Kean Bryan and Jacob Mellis seeing red in the feisty affair.
Sheffield United ran away comfortable leaders against the visiting Port Vale with a 4-0 win over the Valiants, the defeat saw Port Vale drop out of the play-off places to seventh.
Bristol Rovers recorded a home win against struggling Gillingham, with two late goals from Chris Lines and Ellis Harrison. Gillingham are now without a win in four, and sit three points from the relegation zone.
Millwall prevented their fifth successive league defeat and had their first win in seven away at 10-man Northampton Town. The defeat saw Northampton drop to ninth, and the win for Millwall saw them rise to seventeenth.
Fleetwood Town recorded their first win in six with a win against the visiting Peterborough United. Town started fast with Jack Sowerby grabbing his first football league goal within three minutes of kick-off. Bobby Grant extended the Fisherman’s lead after a spectacular ball from Devante Cole to the back post for Grant to slot home.
Wimbledon and Swindon Town fought out a draw at Kingsmeadow. Wimbledon’s Lyle Taylor had a chance to break the deadlock from the spot, but his penalty was saved by Lawrence Vigoroux.
Walsall ran away winners thanks to a late Erhun Oztumer goal in a bad-tempered game at home against Shrewsbury Town. The game saw five goals and two red-card’s distributed between the two teams, with Amadou Bakayogo seeing red right at the death, after putting the Saddler’s in front in the first half, and Ryan McGivern seeing red for the visitors midway through the second half. The Shrews pulled the game back twice with goals from Oliver Lancashire and Junior Brown, before Oztumer claimed the three points for the Saddlers.
Charlton Athletic ran away as comfortable winners against the visiting Coventry City. Goals from Ricky Holmes, Ademola Lookman and Josh Magennis gave the Addicks their first win in nearly two months.
Southend United clung on to a 1-0 lead to defeat the travelling Chesterfield thanks to Adam Thompson’s first goal of the season.
The relegation zone is currently occupied by Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic, Shrewsbury Town and Coventry City.