With the Dons drawing with their opponents at Stadium MK 1-1, we take a cursory glance around League 1 to find out what’s been going on this weekend.
First things first, Covid 19 struck Accrington had their game cancelled again, this time against Plymouth Argyle, and their FA Cup tie with Tranmere Rovers next weekend has already been cancelled.
Performance of the week goes to Swindon Town who somewhat surprisingly beat 2nd place team Hull City despite being on a run of four straight defeats in the league, and Grant McCann the Hull boss dubbed his team’s performance as unacceptable. Things didn’t look bright for the Robins as Hull took the lead through Lewis-Potter with a superb solo goal, but goals either side of half time from Paul Caddis and Joel Grant was enough to secure the points and lift Swindon out of the bottom four.
In the early game Gillingham continue their terrible run going down 2-0 at home to Sunderland, but it could have been very different if Jordan Graham hadn’t of missed a penalty for the Gills after former Don Tom Flanagan put in a clumsy challenge. Things got even worse for the Gills as just minutes later Alex MacDonald was dismissed for a horror tackle on Luke O’Nein. Despite this good fortune for the Black Cats it took an 84th minute penalty converted by Chris Maguire much to the displeasure of Gills manager Steve Evans who was booked in the protests. Lyndon Gooch rubbed further salt in the wounds scoring in the final seconds of injury time to give Sunderland the points.
League leaders Lincoln went down 1-0 on the road to tricky side Doncaster, Ben Whiteman converting for Rovers just before half time.
Ipswich scored the only goal of the game on the hour through Oli Hawkins leaving them in second spot and level on points with Sunderland and Lincoln City.
Cash strapped Burton Albion already look to be in trouble after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Blackpool in a very scrappy affair. Jerry Yates got a brace for the Pool, one of which was from the spot, and Daniel Gretarsson scoring an own goal in reply for Burton.
Fleetwood continue to improve and increase the pressure on Robbo’s Oxford who are still on the bottom of the table. Callum Camps got things moving for Fleetwood in the very first minute of the game, and regular League 1 scorer Paddy Madden put things out of the reach for Oxford in the last quarter of the game.
Peterborough were this week’s top scorers rattling five past Shrewsbury. Jonson Clarke-Harris put Posh in front from the spot, but the Shrews took just two minutes to draw level through Josh Daniels. Dembele restored the lead just before half time and then the Shrews were further hampered when Josh Vela got his marching orders in injury time in the first half for an ugly tackle on Dembele. Dembele really made Shrewsbury pay for the man advantage scoring two further goals for his hattrick. Jack Taylor completed the rout with a 20-yard strike two minutes before full time.
Charlton had 2-0 win away at Portsmouth knocking them out of the top 6 courtesy of two former Dons players Jonny Williams and Chuks Aneke, that’s five straight wins now for Charlton.
Another former Don Ryan Watson got Northampton off to a great start getting the final touch in a goal mouth scramble, Sam Hoskins making it 2-0 halfway through the first half. Wigan pulled a goal back, Joe Garner making no mistake from the spot, only for Chukwuemeka restoring the two-goal cushion just three minutes later. With 15 minutes to go Tom James ensured a grandstand finish scoring with a superb header for Wigan but the Cobblers saw the game out despite pressure from Wigan.
In the final match of the day Rochdale and Bristol Rovers shared the points with a 1-1 draw, Sam Nicholson scoring for Rovers and Alex Newby for Dale leaving the pair midtable.