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League One roundup: Bristol City extend gap to five points

Bristol City beat Doncaster Rovers 3-1 and extend their lead at the top of League One.

Bristol City have increased their lead at the top of League One to five points after beating playoff hopefuls Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Luke Freeman gave the Robins, who slumped to a surprise defeat at Colchester United on Saturday, an early lead before Greg Cunningham doubled their advantage from the penalty spot following a foul on striker Kieran Agard.

Curtis Main pulled a goal back for Rovers, but City secured three points when Aaron Wilbraham netted his 14th of the season to move five clear of MK Dons.

With the Dons not in action, Swindon Town took the opportunity to draw level on points with the Buckinghamshire club after a 2-1 victory against Bradford City.

Massimo Luongo's brace helped Town end a run of three consecutive defeats and only goal difference keeps the Wiltshire outfit outside the automatic promotion slots.

However, Preston North End kept up the pressure on the leaders with a win against mid-table Walsall at Deepdale.

Daniel Johnson's early effort proved enough for the Lilywhites to take victory, which leaves North End only three points off second place with a game in hand.

Sheffield United moved a step closer to securing a playoff place after goals from Marc McNulty and John Brayford steered Nigel Clough's men to a win at Rochdale, for whom Jack O'Connell netted late on.

Barnsley eased their relegation fears with a maiden victory at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe United.

Josh Scowen gave the Tykes the lead, but the visitors needed to see out much of the second half with 10 men following Jean-Yves Mvoto's sending-off.

Results in full: Doncaster Rovers 1–3 Bristol City, Preston North End 1–0 Walsall, Rochdale 1–2 Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United 0–1 Barnsley, Swindon Town 2–1 Bradford City

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Jamie Murphy of Sheffield United celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield United and Preston North End at Bramall Lane on February 3, 2015
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth14103124111333
2Sunderland1476126131327
3Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1483330201027
4Accrington StanleyAccrington147521813526
5Doncaster RoversDoncaster147432419525
6Barnsley136522391423
7Luton TownLuton146531915423
8Walsall136431514122
9Charlton AthleticCharlton136342118321
10Coventry CityCoventry146351314-121
11Fleetwood Town145542113820
12Blackpool13481149520
13Southend UnitedSouthend146261818020
14Burton Albion135261617-117
15Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe144552229-717
16Rochdale144462128-716
17Wycombe WanderersWycombe143651721-415
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury142661115-412
19Gillingham133371825-712
20Bristol Rovers14257913-411
21AFC Wimbledon143291020-1011
22Oxford UnitedOxford Utd142481323-1010
23Bradford CityBradford1431101022-1210
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth141491125-147

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