Ex-Portsmouth pair continue to hurtle towards promotion | Hull chief fumes | Sunderland bemoan refereeing

Doncaster boss Darren Moore. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/PinPepDoncaster boss Darren Moore. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep
Doncaster boss Darren Moore. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep
Darren Moore saluted the resolve of his high-flying Doncaster troops as they edged closer to the League One automatic promotion spots.

Rovers ran out 3-2 winners against Oxford United in a battle between the two in-form sides in the division.

Jon Taylor, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Taylor Richards were on target for Donny at the Keepmoat.

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It means third-placed Doncaster moved level on points with second-placed Hull – but have three games in hand on their Yorkshire rivals.

Ex-Pompey defender Moore told the Doncaster Free Press: ‘We've shaded a real close game," Moore said.

‘We scored some good goals and when they got it back to 3-2 it was about resilient defending at that stage.

‘I just thought maybe at times we could have used the ball better, with the decision making and composure.

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‘But it's a small gripe in the game because Oxford played their part and pressed and harried us really well.

‘I thought the goals that we scored were good in terms of the level of the match and composure of the finishes.

‘Ultimately, we took our chances when they came and we had to do that in a game like this. “And we knew we had to shut the door at the other end because we know the quality that Oxford have.’

Former Blues manager Michael Appleton’s Lincoln's push for the Championship is showing no signs of relenting.

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The Imps were 3-0 winners at Gillingham in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night.

Appleton told the Lincolnshire Echo: ‘The clean sheet was important and big for us.

‘The way we competed against a very physical side which put lots of long balls and crosses into the box was very pleasing.

‘We had to compete and we competed really well. Getting the first goal gives you a platform going forward.

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‘I was delighted to see how the players battled, got round second and third balls, and then showed a bit of composure when we had to.'

Grant McCann rued Hull's blunted attacking display as they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at basement-side Burton.

Jonny Smith bagged a 90th-minute winner to lift the Brewers five points adrift of safety.

McCann said: ‘We just weren’t good enough. We lacked any sort of killer instinct about us. Things were petering out in the final third.

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‘We didn’t look like scoring – at all. Movement wasn’t good enough, cleverness wasn’t good enough in and around the box.

‘When we did cross the ball, it got blocked or hit the first man. When we shot, it went over the crossbar.

‘It’s unlike us because we’ve been really good in that aspect this season.’

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson bemoaned costly refereeing decisions as his side were held to a 2-2 draw at MK Dons.

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The Black Cats' promotion push continues to stutter and they sit four points outside the play-offs despite Johnson being in the hot seat for more than two months.

He told the Sunderland Echo: ‘Both sides can feel a little aggrieved with the refereeing, if I'm honest.

‘Luke O'Nien could have gone for a second yellow, if we're honest, though he would have been unlucky.

‘We 100% should have had a penalty in the second half for a handball, the arm was in an unnatural position and the rules clearly say it's a penalty.

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‘The second goal was 100% offside as well, that's a clear mistake. Some of the officiating beggared belief.

‘I'm not usually one to talk about officials and I'm certainly not making that as an excuse, because I thought it was for both teams.

‘I don't feel like I need to make an excuse really because we played well and created chances.’

Lee Bowyer has challenged Charlton to go on a winning run in their bid to make an immediate return to the Championship.

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After losing 3-1 to Pompey on Tuesday, the Addicks bounced back with a 2-0 success at Rochdale.

Bowyer said: ‘Do I believe that the players are capable of doing that? Yes. I think I’ve got a good group now, a good honest group.

‘I said to them yesterday that they’ve got to believe in themselves. It’s alright me believing in them but they’ve got to believe in themselves. I think they showed that they are starting to believe a little bit.

‘There’s a long way to go. A lot of games to play. A lot of points to play for. The most important thing is we got the points today and something to build upon.’

Other results

Accrington 0-0 Northampton, Fleetwood 0-0 Bristol Rovers, Ipswich 2-0 Blackpool, Peterborough 2-0 Crewe, Swindon 0-1 Shrewsbury, Wigan 2-3 AFC Wimbledon.