Feeling the Burn as Latics close the gap
STEFAN PAYNE levelled for leaders Shrewsbury as they extended their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 1-1 draw at Walsall.
But their lead at the top was cut to two points after Wigan Athletic won 2-1 at Scunthorpe.
Dan Burn (below) put Paul Cook’s outfit ahead on 51 minutes before midfielder Lee Evans was sent off for violent conduct when he reacted to a foul by Funso Ojo.
But Latics doubled their lead in the 74th minute through Nick Powell. Ojo netted a last-minute consolation.
Charlie Wyke scored twice as thirdplaced Bradford won 4-1 at MK Dons, who played almost all of the match with 10 men.
After just five minutes home midfielder Aaron Tshibola was shown a red card for a professional foul on Jake Reeves.
Romain Vincelot headed the Bantams into an 11th-minute lead. Wyke’s brace sandwiched an Ethan Ebanks-Landell reply, before Paul Taylor added the crowning glory.
Richard Wood’s 57th minute goal propelled Rotherham up to fourth with a 1-0 win at Rochdale, while Bristol Rovers thrashed Northampton 6-0. Billy Bodin’s opener was followed by Ellis Harrison’s double.
And when Cobblers’ Alex Revell was shown a straight red card in the 69th minute for a foul on Tom Broadbent, Rovers twisted the knife with goals by Rory Gaffney, Liam Sercombe and Dominic Telford. Doncaster came from behind to beat Southend 4-1 thanks to Ben Whiteman who netted a secondhalf hat-trick in the space of 10 minutes. Anthony Wordsworth headed the Shrimpers in front after 38 minutes before John Marquis equalised.
Plymouth stay bottom after a 2-1 home defeat by Fleetwood – Alex Fletcher nailing the winner – and Oxford beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium.
Striker Wes Thomas put the hosts in front after 12 minutes.
Brazilian defender Ferreira Ricardinho doubled the lead three minutes into the second half and substitute Josep Fernandez Codina netted a long-range effort.