Sunderland to face another fixture change, Luke O'Nien's wonder strike plus other League One winners and losers

Just three games took place in League One this weekend as the FA Cup took centre stage for many of Sunderland's promotion rivals.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 06 January, 2019, 13:36
Sunderland midfielder Luke O'Nien.

But there was still plenty to talk about, from third-round upsets to fixture rearrangements. We take a closer look at some of the stories you might have missed.

Following multiple injuries, Sunderland boss Jack Ross could have been left with a major issue in defence. Yet ONiens performances in the vacant right-back berth have been exceptional, just like his volley to open the scoring against Charlton.
The Gills shocked Premier League Cardiff 1-0 to reach the fourth round of the cup. It means Sunderland's fixture against Steve Lovell's side, which was scheduled for January 26 will have to be rearranged.
The Iron moved out of the League One relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Coventry. Stuart McCalls side have now recorded three league victories in a row ahead of their meeting with Sunderland later this month.
With FA Cup ties decimating the EFLs fixture list, the Football Leagues highlights could have been left out on a limb. Thankfully Sunderlands trip to Charlton didnt disappoint, as the show provided extensive coverage of the game at the Valley.
The League One leaders maintained their momentum by toppling Championship highflyers Norwich 1-0 in the FA Cup. Second-place Luton also held their own against higher-league opponents but face a replay after a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

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Luck hasnt been on the defenders side recently. After picking up an injury against Shrewsbury last week, Oviedo was forced to withdraw from the Charlton game on Friday, meaning Ross could only name six substitutes at the Valley.
It wasn't a surprise to see Posh go out of the cup to Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, but a 5-0 defeat could be damaging for morale. Steve Evans side have slipped out of the play-offs in recent weeks and will need to respond fast.
Maybe a little harsh considering the full-back set up Sunderlands opener. However, his unfortunate own goal allowed Charlton to equalise, as the Black Cats missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion places.
Its now three league defeats in a row for Keith Hills side, following a chastening 4-0 home defeat against Burton. A Marcus Harness hat-trick secured a comfortable win for the visitors, leaving the Dale just three points above the drop zone.
The Sky Blues league defeat to Scunthorpe saw Mark Robbins side miss the chance to close the gap on the play-off pack. Coventry are now seven points off the top six having played one game more.