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LEAGUE ONE REVIEW: EASTER WEEKEND PT 2

31 March 2016

Graham Alexander got off to the perfect start on his return to Glanford Park as the Iron cruised past Swindon.

A brace from Tom Hopper as well as goals from Conor Townsend, Jordan Clarke, Hakeeb Adelakun and Paddy Madden secured a 6-0 win.

The win keeps the Iron’s play-off hopes alive going into the final seven matches of the season, with United currently trailing by eight points.

Elsewhere in League One, Burton dropped points as they lost 2-0 at fifth placed Millwall, meaning their lead is now just a point.

Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory both scored to give the Lions the victory and keep their slim chance of automatic promotion alive.

Second placed Wigan took advantage of the leaders’ slip up, with Conor McAleny netting the only goal against ten-man Rochdale.

That moved the Latics six points clear of third placed Walsall, who were not in action over Easter due to international call ups.

Gillingham remain in fourth spot after Luke Norris netted the only goal as they beat Bury, ensuring a four point cushion between themselves and seventh.

The final play-off spot is held by Bradford, who continued their excellent run of form with a 1-0 win at bottom side Crewe.

Jamie Proctor netted the only goal to keep the Bantams two points clear of seventh placed Barnsley, who also won on Monday.

Conor Hourihane’s early goal proved to be decisive against Port Vale, boosting the Tykes’ play-off chances while denting Vale’s.

At the bottom of League One, Colchester made it back-to-back wins as they hope to stage another unlikely great escape.

The U’s beat Coventry 1-0 thanks to Gavin Massey’s goal, with ‘keeper Elliot Parish also saving a spot kick from Jacob Murphy.

Doncaster’s poor form continued though as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Blackpool, which could prove vital in Pool’s survival bid.

Mark Cullen grabbed the only goal with just a few minutes remaining to condemn Doncaster to a seventh straight defeat.

Oldham remain fourth from bottom, but did pick up a valuable victory against fellow strugglers Chesterfield, who are two points clear.

The winning goal came 12 minutes from time through Mike Jones, which means the Latics are only in the bottom four on goal difference.

They are behind 20th placed Fleetwood, who were not in action on Monday. Peterborough, Shrewsbury and Walsall did also not play.

Meanwhile, Southend continued their play-off push on Wednesday by beating Sheffield United 3-1 at Roots Hall.

Tyrone Barnett, David Worrall and Jack Payne scored for the Shrimpers, with Dean Hammond scoring for the visitors.

Next up for the Iron is a trip to sixth placed Bradford, where Graham Alexander’s side have the opportunity to close the gap on the top six.

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