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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth21145235171847
2Luton TownLuton21126339182142
3Sunderland20118140192141
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough21116438261239
5Charlton AthleticCharlton2111463425937
6Doncaster RoversDoncaster2110563426835
7Blackpool209742519634
8Barnsley2096531181333
9Wycombe WanderersWycombe218763028231
10Walsall218672329-630
11Accrington StanleyAccrington217862325-229
12Coventry CityCoventry218582225-329
13Fleetwood Town217682823527
14Burton Albion208392628-227
15Southend UnitedSouthend2182112528-326
16Gillingham2173113134-324
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury216692427-324
18Rochdale216692839-1124
19Oxford UnitedOxford Utd215792733-622
20Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe2156102944-1521
21Bristol Rovers2145121725-817
22Plymouth ArgylePlymouth2145122440-1617
23AFC Wimbledon2143141531-1615
24Bradford CityBradford2143141839-2115

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