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Vital View - League 1, 17th-18th March 2017

Vital View - League 1, 17th-18th March 2017

The League 1 season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend.

Sheffield United moved closer to automatic promotion - and the title - with Bolton now up to second. Coventry, Chesterfield and Swindon are set to go down but Port Vale's survival bid improved.

Here's a round up of the League 1 action from the other games.

Results

Friday 17th March 2017 - LEAGUE ONE
Port Vale 2-1 Shrewsbury Town 19:45

Saturday 18th March 2017 - LEAGUE ONE
Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Northampton Town 15:00
Bradford City 2-1 Swindon Town 15:00
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Chesterfield 15:00
Fleetwood Town 0-0 AFC Wimbledon 15:00
Millwall 0-0 Bury 15:00
Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Coventry City 15:00
Oxford United 2-1 Scunthorpe United 15:00
Peterborough United 1-1 Oldham Athletic 15:00
Rochdale 4-1 Gillingham 15:00
Sheffield United 2-1 Charlton Athletic 15:00
Southend United 3-2 Walsall 15:00

Port Vale's 2-1 win over Shrewsbury at Vale Park on Friday took Vale to within two points of safety. The Shrews - following the results of Saturday - are now just a place above the relegation zone.

After coming from behind Bolton's 2-1 win over Northampton - who saw a three game winning run end - at the Macron Stadium took them into an automatic promotion spot. The Trotters are a point ahead of third place Fleetwood and also have a game in hand.

Bradford are still in contention for an automatic promotion place after a dramatic comeback against struggling Swindon. The Bantams equalised five minutes from time with the winner coming in added time. The Robins remain seven points from safety after this fourth straight defeat.

A positive reaction to a defeat last time round from Bristol Rovers - who have now won three of the last four - came after a 2-1 victory over Chesterfield. The Pirates remain in eighth but closed to within three points of the top six with the Spireites set to go down as they are second bottom and 10 points from safety.

Fleetwood had to settle for a point against AFC Wimbledon. This 0-0 draw at the Highbury Stadium meant the Cod Army dropped out of automatic promotion with Bolton replacing them in second.

Millwall's unbeaten run was extended but a 0-0 draw - it is now five draws from the last 10 - with relegation threatened Bury meant the Lions dropped out of the play-offs. Southend took this whereas the Shakers moved four points clear of the relegation zone and up to 17th.

A first win in five has boosted MK Dons' survival hopes as a six point gap was opened up. This 1-0 defeat for bottom of the league Coventry has taken them a step closer to League 2 as the Sky Blues remain 17 points from safety.

Oxford's added time goal saw them come from behind to beat Scunthorpe 2-1 as the U's retained their play-off hopes. The Irons latest defeat has seen them drop to fifth with a top seven finish coming under threat.

A late Peterborough goal ensured another defeat wasn't suffered but this 1-1 draw with Oldham means Posh have now dropped to midtable. The Latics - who probably would have taken a point before the game at London Road - moved three points clear of the relegation zone.

Rochdale's first win in 10 was secured in emphatic fashion as 10 man Gillingham were seen off 4-1 at Spotland. The Gills - who have now suffered back-to-back defeats - were already three one down when they lost a man to a sending off on the hour.

Sheffield United's bid to secure the title moved a step closer as they came from a goal down to beat Charlton 2-1 at Bramall Lane. Victory extended the Blades' unbeaten run to nine with a nine point advantage held over Bolton. The Addicks suffered a sixth defeat in 10 having lost this lead.

An amazing comeback saw Southend recover from two down against Walsall to score three goals in the final half hour. The Shrimpers' 3-2 win at Roots Hall also took them above Millwall into the play-offs.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Sunday March 19 2017
Time: 1:20PM

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1 Sheff Utd 40 24 10 6 82 32
2 Bolton 39 22 9 8 75 28
3 Fleetwood 39 19 12 8 69 19
4 Scunthorpe 40 19 10 11 67 21
5 Bradford 40 16 18 6 66 15
6 Southend 39 17 12 10 63 13
7 Millwall 39 16 12 11 60 6
8 Oxford 40 17 8 15 59 9
9 Rochdale 39 16 9 14 57 4
10 Bristol Rovers 40 15 12 13 57 -1
11 Peterborough 40 15 10 15 55 1
12 Wimbledon 40 13 15 12 54 3
13 Walsall 39 13 14 12 53 -2
14 Northampton 40 14 8 18 50 -6
15 MK Dons 39 12 12 15 48 -1
16 Charlton 39 10 17 12 47 3
17 Bury 41 12 10 19 46 -11
18 Oldham 40 10 15 15 45 -12
19 Gillingham 40 11 12 17 45 -17
20 Shrewsbury 39 11 10 18 43 -14
21 Port Vale 38 10 12 16 42 -17
22 Swindon 40 10 9 21 39 -18
23 Chesterfield 40 8 9 23 33 -28
24 Coventry 40 7 11 22 32 -27
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