Burton are now five points clear at the top of League One with a game in hand after beating Chesterfield 1-0. Calum Butcher scored the game’s only goal with a calm finish as the hosts secured their second win in as many matches, whilst the visitors lost for the fourth consecutive time.
Gillingham climbed to second with a 2-1 victory over Barnsley as they got back to winning ways for the first time in four attempts. Dominic Samuel put the hosts ahead before Conor Hourihane levelled for the Tykes. Bradley Dack then latched onto a loose ball to secure all three points for the Gills.
Coventry thumped Bury 6-0 as they won their first game in five league matches. Strikes from Chris Stokes, Baily Cargill, James Maddison, John Fleck and a brace from Adam Armstrong secured a memorable day for the Sky Blues just 24 hours after the city had celebrated the life of former manager Jimmy Hill.
Walsall slipped to third place and are now six points behind leaders Burton after they drew 1-1 at Crewe. Tom Bradshaw’s penalty put the visitors in the lead, before Brad Inman equalised for the hosts who have now extended their unbeaten run to five matches and are now three points from safety.
Bradford thrashed Peterborough 4-0 to climb to 11th place after goals from Kyle Reid, Steven Davies and a brace from James Hanson completed the rout as the Bantams secured their second win in five matches.
Swindon moved nine points clear of the relegation zone by beating strugglers Colchester 4-1. Nicky Ajose’s brace put the Robins 2-0 up before Michael Doughty’s powerful strike made it 3-0. Joe Edwards struck with a half-volley to give the hosts some hope, but Doughty grabbed his second 15 minutes from time.
Shrewsbury narrowly defeated fellow relegation candidates Blackpool 3-2 as they climbed out of the bottom four. First-half strikes from Shaun Walley, Andy Mangan and Nathaniel Knight-Percival, who scored a wonderful overhead kick, put the visitors 3-0 up before Tom Aldred made it 3-1 just before the break. The Tangerines reduced the deficit when Danny Philliskirk pulled another goal back in the second period, but it was not enough.
Sheffield United ended their three game winless drought with a 1-0 victory at Doncaster as Che Adams scored the game’s only goal shorty before the end of the first-half against their South Yorkshire rivals.
Millwall won their fifth consecutive away match in League One by beating Rochdale 1-0. Lee Gregory tucked the ball home from close range as they remain in the play-offs, three points clear of seventh place.
Fleetwood climbed out of the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw with Port Vale in a match that really could have gone either way with both sides missing great opportunities to put themselves ahead.
Scunthorpe dented Southend’s play-off hopes by beating them 1-0 thanks to Paddy Madden’s 17th goal of the season. The hosts could have scored three or four on the day as Shrimpers goalkeeper David Bentley made a catalogue of saves. The visitors are now three points off of Millwall in sixth place.
Wigan could only draw 0-0 at home to struggling Oldham in game in which neither created a golden opportunity. The visitors are now five points from safety, whilst the hosts are two points from automatic promotion.
Player of the Weekend: Nicky Ajose (Swindon Town)
Team of the Weekend: Coventry City
Goal of the Weekend: Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Blackpool v SHREWSBURY)