Oxford move to the summit

A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 2 as Oxford move to the top of the table.

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Oxford celebrate as they move to the top of the table.

Oxford celebrate as they move to the top of the table.

A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 2.

An outstanding team has yet to emerge in the Football League's bottom tier, with three points separating Oxford in first place from Scunthorpe in ninth after the 14th round of games.

Rochdale began the day in pole position but slumped 3-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge, who went eighth. Rhys Murphy netted the home side's opener before two goals from Medy Elito came either side of a reply from Rochdale's Gary Dicker.

Rochdale slid behind Oxford on goal difference, after Chris Wilder's side beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 with goals from James Constable and Deane Smalley.

Fleetwood's 2-0 win at York took the Cod Army up to third, their goals coming from Gareth Evans and Jamille Matt.

Faltering Chesterfield were held 0-0 at Bristol Rovers, and their six-game winless run means the Spireites are down to fourth.

Exeter would have gone top had they beaten Burton at home, but the visitors took the points back north thanks to Phil Edwards' 89th-minute goal.

James Beattie never doubted his Accrington side would come good and a second win of the week added weight to his argument.

A 2-1 victory at Morecambe, secured by Peter Murphy's stoppage-time strike, could not lift Stanley off the foot of the table, but it hoisted them level with second-bottom Northampton and just one point away from safety.

After picking up just two points in their opening 10 games, former England striker Beattie has seen his side take eight from four in a 15-day spell to signal an impressive turnaround.

They led from the 19th minute when former Watford and Sheffield United striker Danny Webber converted a penalty, only to be pegged back by Morecambe's Jack Sampson after 50 minutes.

Morecambe had not lost at their Globe Arena home in the league this season, but that changed when Murphy cracked in his late effort.

Plymouth had gone seven league games without a win and an eighth was approaching after a goalless 90 minutes at Mansfield, but Neal Trotman's header in the third minute of stoppage time gave John Sheridan's Argyle a rare three-point haul.

Newport were 3-1 winners at home against Southend, with goals from Conor Washington, Andrew Hughes and Ismail Yakubu. Ben Coker got the reply that briefly moved Southend level.

Sam Winnall's 76th-minute goal gave Scunthorpe a 1-0 home win over Hartlepool, while Northampton and Cheltenham drew 1-1, with Byron Harrison's opener cancelled out by the Cobblers' Luke Norris before the break.

Portsmouth's trip along the coast to Torquay was almost fruitless, but Ryan Bird's 81st-minute leveller earned a point. The Gulls had taken the lead after just 32 seconds through Jordan Chappell.

Caretaker manager Ronnie Jepson bolstered his chances of staying in charge at Bury with a 2-1 win at Wycombe.

Jepson has been put in control until January and second-half goals from Tom Soares and William Edjenguele secured the victory.

Wycombe had taken a 16th-minute lead through Anthony Stewart but were hampered by having Matt Bloomfield sent off at 1-1, leaving them down to 10 men for the closing 15 minutes.


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