PETERBOROUGH 3 OXFORD 0
DARREN Ferguson hailed his Peterbrough stars for turning the Weston Homes Stadium into a fortress after demolishing promotion rivals Oxford.
Hector Kyprianou and Ricky-Jade Jones struck their fourth league goals of the season during a dominant first-half display. Substitute Ryan De Havilland put the seal on a stunning success with his first Football League strike for the club late on. Ferguson said: ‘It’s a good victory against another team who have been going well. We were thoroughly deserving winners.’ Oxford boss Des Buckingham admitted: ‘We simply weren’t good enough. We know we’re not quite where we need to be.’
BRISTOL ROV 1 CHELTENHAM 1
NEW Bristol Rovers boss Matt Taylor admitted to being amazed how poorly his team played in their draw with bottom-placed Cheltenham. Taylor had veteran full-back Jack Hunt to thank for sparing his blushes in his first home game in charge as he cancelled out Will Goodwin’s opener. ‘We were slow and we were waiting for moments to appear and when that happens you get a lot going through your brain,’ Taylor said.
WYCOMBE 0 SHREWSBURY 1
TAYLOR PERRY’S first-half strike for Shewsbury ensured it was eight league games without a win for Wycombe. The hosts’ manager Matt Bloomfield said: ‘We need to be better in the opposition box as we need to find that killer instinct.’
BLACKPOOL 3 CARLISLE 0
BOSS Neil Critchley is desperate for ‘outstanding’ Jordan Rhodes to stay at Blackpool after he bagged two goals against Carlisle. Andy Lyons scored the opener.
WIGAN 0 LINCOLN 0
BOTH Shaun Maloney and Michael Skubala agreed the goalless draw between Wigan and Lincoln was a fair result. ‘It was a pretty even game really,’ said Wigan boss Maloney. Skubala added: ‘It looked a bit of a scrappy one.’
READING 1 BARNSLEY 3
NEILL COLLINS praised the ‘fantastic finish’ of top scorer Devante Cole that helped his Barnsley side on their way to victory at lowly Reading.
It was Reading who went in front through Harvey Knibbs, but Herbie Kane levelled before the break from a penalty. Cole gave Barnsley the lead 10 minutes from time and Max Watters settled the issue. ‘Devante first steadied himself then it was a fantastic finish, especially for all our travelling fans,’ Collins said. Ruben Selles, the Reading manager, said: ‘In the second half, we made a few mistakes — especially with Barnsley’s second goal [Cole].’
NORTHAMPTON 3 FLEETWOOD 0
JON BRADY was delighted after his Northampton side made it four wins in five league games. ‘The boys were excellent, especially in the conditions,’ the manager said. Mitch Pinnock (two) and Sam Hoskins were on target.
EXETER 0 PORT VALE 1
EXETER manager Gary Caldwell vowed he will fight on. ‘It was another frustrating game,’ he said. Oliver Arblaster scored the goal while captain Will Aimson was sent off for the hosts.
BURTON 1 STEVENAGE 2
BURTON boss Dino Maamria was sacked after a fourth straight league defeat left them two places above the drop zone. ‘I loved my time here,’ he said. Deji Oshilaja’s opener was cancelled out by Kane Hemmings and Jamie Reid.
CHARLTON 2 CAMBRIDGE 2
GASSAN AHADME’S late brace earned a point for Cambridge’s new head coach Neil Harris, who said: ‘No one downed tools.’
Alfie May and Chem Campbell had put Charlton in charge.
LEYTON ORIENT 0 DERBY 3
PAUL WARNE said ‘it’s good to see the lads in good fettle’ after his Derby side’s win at Orient. Louie Sibley scored before the hosts’ Brandon Cooper saw red and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Tom Barkhuizen made it safe.
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