Luton and Barnsley drop points as Sunderland and Portsmouth find form ahead of Wembley final: League One winners and losers

Sunderland got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Walsall at the Stadium of Light - but how did the Black Cats' promotion rivals fare over the weekend?

By Joe Nicholson
Sunday, 17th March 2019, 2:31 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th March 2019, 2:48 pm
Sunderland's Will Grigg celebrates his winning goal against Walsall.
Sunderland's Will Grigg celebrates his winning goal against Walsall.

It was certainly an eventful weekend in the third tier - scroll down and flick through our gallery to see this week's winners and losers.

The Black Cats striker scored his first league goal from open play since his move from Wigan in January. It was a crucial one too, as Sunderland came from behind to beat Walsall 2-1.
Portsmouth made it back-to-back league wins with a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe. After Barnsley dropped points in a goalless draw at Doncaster on Friday night, Pompey are now just four points off the top two.
The Dons moved off the bottom of the table following a third successive victory. A 1-0 win at Southend means Wimbledon are now just three points from safety.
After taking nine points from four games, the Sky Blues are now just one point off the play-offs. A 2-1 win at Peterborough saw Coventry leapfrog their promotion rivals into seventh.
Well the Portsmouth winger is kind of a winner after manager Kenny Jackett revealed Curtis could return for the Checkatrade Trophy final. It was feared Curtis could miss the Wembley clash after requiring surgery on his finger.
The Sunderland defender left the field with a hamstring issue in the second half against Walsall. Matthews will hope the injury is not too serious with the Checkatrade Trophy final just around the corner.
The Bantams dropped to the bottom of the table after a dramatic finale at Oxford. Referee Andy Davies awarded a penalty to Bradford but instead allowed an Oxford winner after letting play continue. It all got a bit confusing.
The league leaders missed the chance to pull further away from the chasing pack after a 2-2 draw at home to Gillingham. Luke O'Neill's superb free-kick 11 minutes from time earned The Gills a point.
The Posh have now lost three games in a row after losing at home to Coventry. Fortunately Peterborough are still in the mix and just two points outside the play-offs.
The League One fixture between Accrington and Rochdale was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Stanley have now played two games less than the majority of the league.