Duncan Watmore takes a big step as ex-Liverpool star makes surprising claim: League One's winners and losers

It was another action-packed weekend in League One, with no shortage of talking points among Sunderland's rivals.

Sunday, 16th December 2018, 2:08 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th December 2018, 3:58 pm
Duncan Watmore took a big step in his Sunderland comeback

While the Black Cats defeated Bristol Rovers 2-1, there were plenty of other intriguing ties which offered up some excellent entertainment - both on and off the pitch. But who were the winners and losers from around the division this weekend? Scroll down and click through the pages to see who came out of the Saturday fixtures smiling, and who will have been less than impressed:

First up the winners, and where else to start but Watmore? The Sunderland star hit another significant milestone in his injury comeback as he registered his first League One minutes. Another big step forward.
A 1-0 win over Burton Albion saw Barton's Fleetwood extend their unbeaten run to six games. That form has seen the Cod Army cut the gap between them and the play-off places.

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The Bantams, led by manager David Hopkin, moved off the bottom of League One with a thumping 4-0 win over Walsall. A huge result and perhaps a sign of things to come for Bradford.
At the other end of the table, Luton Town moved into the top two with a 2-1 win over Coventry City. Quite the feat for the Hatters, who are becoming real promotion contenders this season.
Well, he's maybe not a winner quite yet - but the ex-Liverpool man will be if he lands the Bristol Rovers manager job after his surprising revelation this weekend that he had applied for the role.
And now, onto the losers. Maybe he just fancied Boxing Day off, but the Charlton defender's red card after just 56 seconds was hardly ideal. The Addicks went on to win, though, so maybe Sarr won't feel too guilty.
While a draw at Barnsley is a respectable result, Pompey will no doubt be disappointed that they couldn't extend their lead at the top of the table over the course of the week.
The Dons, led by new manager Wally Downes, are now rooted to the foot of the League One table having lost their last three league outings. They could face an uphill battle now.
Falling 2-0 behind within ten minutes is hardly the ideal start to a local derby - but it's exactly what happened to Scunthorpe at Doncaster. They ended up losing 3-0 and are now just a point above the drop zone.
Lillis, now of Rochdale, had a moment to forget as he handed Plymouth a 2-1 victory after swinging at and missing David Perkins' backpass - the ball trickling over the line as the Dale lost out late on.