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By ESPN Staff
Apr 13, 2009

League One: Dons hold off Leicester promotion

MK Dons postponed Leicester's promotion party by beating Bristol Rovers to keep alive their own chances of a top-two finish in League One.

The Foxes' dramatic 1-0 win over Leeds at lunchtime had put them within touching distance of promotion but the Dons' 2-1 victory meant Nigel Pearson's league leaders must wait for their return to the Championship to be confirmed.

Roberto di Matteo's Dons side made the breakthrough when Ali Gerba capitalised on some woeful Rovers defending to put the home side ahead after 29 minutes.

The points were effectively sealed for the Dons six minutes after the break when Luke Chadwick made it 2-0 and though Steve Elliott (83) pulled one back, the home side held on for the win.

Earlier, Leicester's closely-fought clash against Leeds seemed set to end in stalemate. However, more than a minute into stoppage time Steve Howard timed his run perfectly to powerfully head home Max-Alain Gradel's corner and send the bumper Walkers Stadium crowd into a frenzy.

Play-off chasing Tranmere enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Hereford despite finishing with 10 men to leave the Bulls bottom of the table.

Bas Savage's eighth-minute opener put Rovers ahead before Charlie Barnett (26) extended their lead.

However, Ian Goodison's sending-off in the 72nd minute left Tranmere vulnerable and when Steve Guinan scored a penalty two minutes into added time, the home side were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Cheltenham earned a stay of execution and lifted themselves off the bottom with a 1-0 win at home to 10-man Yeovil.

At a nervy Whaddon Road the first half was goalless but Frankie Artus fired home the winner five minutes into the second half. Yeovil tried in vain to mount a fightback but their chances were undermined by Gary Roberts' 79th-minute dismissal for a second booking.

Scunthorpe won 3-2 at Hartlepool to maintain hope of securing a play-off berth.

Hartlepool's Michael Nelson levelled 18 minutes in after the Iron went ahead through Grant McCann's early free-kick.

Scunthorpe regained the lead through Paul Hayes (55) and after Daniel Nardiello equalised again, Hayes struck another to take an exciting victory back home.

Brighton managed an edgy 1-0 win at Colchester but remain third from bottom despite Lloyd Owusu's headed winner. Northampton's superior goal difference kept Brighton from climbing a place.

The Cobblers, struggling in the last relegation spot, lost 3-2 at home to Southend.

Jean Francois Christophe put Southend a goal up heading towards the break only for Adebayo Akinfenwa to level just after the restart.

However, Theo Robinson's 56th-minute strike and Lee Barnard's goal four minutes later meant Aleksandar Prijovic's 80th-minute effort was merely a consolation.

Andy Booth's header 12 minutes from time earned Huddersfield a 1-0 home win over struggling Carlisle. The Cumbrians are now just one place and three points above the relegation zone after the defeat.

Crewe swapped places with Carlisle as they drew 1-1 at Oldham. Elsewhere Walsall beat Stockport 2-1 and Swindon lost 1-0 at home to Leyton Orient.

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