Saturday 19th October

Leyton Orient retained top spot in Sky Bet League 1 with a comfortable 4-0 win at 10-man Tranmere Rovers.

Experienced striker Kevin Lisbie helped himself to two goals before Ian Goodison was dismissed for a tangle with the forward.

Orient pushed on and secured a straightforward victory with Dean Cox and Shaun Batt adding late goals.

Darren Ferguson's Peterborough United remain on the heels of Orient after a 1-0 home win at the expense of Shrewsbury Town.

With little to choose between the two sides it was Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's thumping 64th-minute effort that ultimately gave Posh the three points.

Third-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers lost ground on the top two after conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Coventry City.

Leigh Griffiths put Kenny Jackett's side ahead midway through the second half as his shot went in under Joe Murphy for his eighth goal of the campaign.

But they could not hold on to claim the three points as substitute Aaron Phillips scored his first goal for Coventry with four minutes remaining.

Preston North End moved up to fourth after dishing out a 2-1 win over Peter Taylor in his first game as Gillingham's interim manager.

After an even first half at Priestfield, Preston took control of the game by scoring twice in the opening eight minutes following the interval.

Keith Keane and Josh Brownhill were the scorers for Preston, who hung on for the points despite Danny Kedwell's 76th-minute header for the home side.

It was Bradford City who surrendered fourth place to Preston after Phil Parkinson's side lost 1-0 at Crawley Town.

The hosts just about shaded the match and took all three points courtesy of Emile Sinclair's second-half strike.

MK Dons made heavy weather of beating 10-man Rotherham United at stadiummk before eventually running out 3-2 winners.

Michael O'Connor was sent off for Rotherham after conceding a penalty in first-half stoppage time that was tucked away by Shaun Williams.

The result seemed certain when Ben Reeves stabbed home from close range to double the Dons' lead before Rotherham came right back in to the game.

Lee Frecklington headed home Craig Morgan's 73rd minute cross with Tom Flanagan's own goal two minutes later drawing the visitors level.

But Karl Robinson's side showed great composure to find a winner which came courtesy of an 88th-minute strike from Patrick Bamford.

Sheffield United picked up just their second win in 16 league games after beating Port Vale 2-1 at Bramall Lane, with the victory also taking Chris Morgan's side out of the relegation zone.

A 12th-minute Neill Collins header put the Blades in front before Adam Yates scored a fantastic equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Michael Doyle scored the vital winning goal with a little under 15 minutes remaining to give United's fans a rare home success.

Brentford scored three times in the last 14 minutes to beat Colchester United 3-1 at Griffin Park.

Magnus Okuonghae gave the visitors the lead four minutes in to the second half but goals from Marcello Trotta, George Saville and Kadeem Harris saw Uwe Rosler's side take the points.

Walsall beat 10-man Stevenage 2-1 with goals from Romaine Sawyers and Craig Westcarr.

Francois Zoko pulled one back for Stevenage but Lucas Akins' dismissal soon after put paid to any comeback.

Elsewhere, Byron Moore's stoppage-time penalty gave Crewe Alexandra a 1-0 win over winless Bristol City whilst Adam Rooney's spot-kick was the difference as Oldham Athletic beat Carlisle United by the same scoreline, ending the visitors' recent improvement under Graham Kavanagh.

Friday 18th October

Swindon Town climbed into the League 1 Play-Off places after first-half goals from Nile Ranger and Dany N'Guessan gave them a 2-0 win over struggling Notts County on Friday night.

Former Newcastle United striker Ranger opened the scoring after only 11 minutes by climbing to head home an Alex Pritchard corner.

N'Guessan doubled the home side's lead from the penalty spot 17 minutes later after Nathan Byrne was bundled over by Mustapha Dumbuya.

County striker Danny Haynes thought he had reduced the deficit 13 minutes before half time but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Swindon were denied a third goal early in the second half when Byrne fired against a post after following up Pritchard's free-kick.

Haynes could have set up a nervy finish for Mark Cooper's men but blazed a late penalty over the crossbar following Yaser Kasim's foul on Callum McGregor.

The win would have been more emphatic but for a string of impressive saves from County's former Southampton goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

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