Whilst we were on PJT duty a limited amount of games took place in League 1, so not wanting to take our eyes off the ball we have once again done a round of the Tuesday night results.
Swindon 1 Wigan 0
With some of the other lower ranked teams not playing it was an opportunity for one of these two to pull themselves out of the relegation places, and it was the Robins who took full advantage although they had to endure a nervy final 25 minutes after being reduced to ten men when centre half Dion Conroy was sent off for violent conduct, although it has to be said the blunt Wigan attack couldn’t manage one shot on target the whole game despite having 68% possession. Brett Pitman scored the only goal of the game after 17 minutes when the Wigan keeper dropped a header at his feet and from a yard out he could not miss, the win drags Swindon out of the bottom four.
Accrington 6 Bristol Rovers 1
Rovers got hit for six by the surprise package of the season Accy Stan as they bombarded the Bristol defence with 23 shots, 11 of which found the target, and six of those hit the net. A frantic 9 minutes early in the first half saw 4 goals go in, Pritchard scored for Accy, Nicholson levelled for Rovers 3 minutes later, Charles restored the lead a minute later for Stanley, and then a further 5 minutes later extended that lead. Bishop then got in on the act scoring either side of half time, and Dion Charles went on to complete his hat trick with 20 minutes to go making it a dismal night for Rovers that sees them avoiding the relegation zone only on goal difference, but that took a battering tonight and is only two goals better than AFC and three better than Northampton.
Blackpool 2 Northampton 0
The Cobblers could have given themselves a bit of breathing space with a victory but lost to Blackpool who made it two wins on the bounce. Defender Marvin Ekpiteta scored his second goal in as many games as he scrambled home the ball after some confusion in the Cobblers defence. But it took to the second minute of injury time to make the game safe when forward Jerry Yates converted. The defeat puts the Cobblers in the last relegation spot and because of other results pushes AFC into third from bottom.
Shrewsbury 0 Crewe 1
There’s a congested feeling at the top of the table tonight with the top nine teams separated by just 9 points, and that’s not counting the runaway train that is Oxford United with games in hand. A win for Crewe tonight means they are hanging on to the shirt tails of those above, although they have played several more games than many. The only goal of the game came in the 27th minute from Owen Dale who hit a left footed shot from the centre of the area into the bottom left corner.
Charlton 1 Portsmouth 3
Pompey who had struggled for the last two games to find their shooting boots again found their range and re-established themselves back in 4th place and unceremoniously dumped Charlton out of the playoff places and back down to 8th place. Charlton had won the last 4 clashes between these two, but it was Pompey’s night as Michael Jacobs got the scoring going shortly before half time only for new signing Jayden Stockley to open his Charlton account shortly after the break to level the scores. It was honours even for just three minutes as Tom Naylor headed home from close range a Marcus Harness cross and six minutes later it was just about game, set and match as Andy Cannon true to his name hit a cracking shot from outside the box into the top right hand corner.