Curtis powers Pompey but Sunderland slump
Portsmouth moved top of League One after Ronan Curtis inspired them to a 2- 1 victory over previous leaders Peterborough. Curtis, who missed last week’s draw with Shrewsbury due to a Republic of Ireland call- up, crossed for Oli Hawkins to head the visitors in front just after the hour- mark and they made the game safe when Hawkins and Curtis combined again to set up Jamal Lowe.
Sunderland suffered their first league defeat of the season as Burton won the battle of last season’s relegated sides. Jamie Allan and Kyle McFadzean gave Burton a 2- 0 half- time lead, with Sunderland having Charlie Wyke taken off on a stretcher just before the break. Wyke’s replacement, Chris Maguire, pulled one back from long range but Albion held on.
Doncaster came from behind to win 4- 1 at Walsall and climb above their opponents to fifth, while third- placed Barnsley were beaten 1- 0 at Coventry after Jordan Willis’ late close- range header.
At the other end, Shrewsbury recorded their first win by beating Southend 2- 0 thanks to goals from Greg Docherty and Lee Angol. That left bottom club Plymouth as the only team without a win. Mark Cullen scored as Argyle lost 1- 0 to Blackpool, who survived stoppagetime red cards for both Marc Bola and Donervon Daniels.