Cur­tis pow­ers Pom­pey but Sun­der­land slump

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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.

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