How this weekend's League One results affected Sunderland AFC as promotion rivals make a statement
Sunderland remain in the play-off places after the latest round of League One fixtures - but dropped a place following results elsewhere.
Phil Parkinson’s side began the day in fifth place in the third tier, following their goalless draw with Doncaster Rovers on Friday evening.
But they slipped down to sixth following Saturday’s five League One fixtures - with a number of games postponed due to involvement in the FA Cup.
But several matches involving the Black Cats’ promotion rivals took place, with one of the more eye-catching results found at Peterborough.
Darren Ferguson’s side clinched a 2-1 win over table-topping Rotherham United, with early goals from Ivan Toney and Sammie Szmodics clinching a victory which lifted Posh to fifth - one point ahead of Sunderland.
Ipswich Town took advantage of the Millers’ slip-up - climbing to the top of League One after a 1-0 win over Lincoln City. Luke Woolfenden, who has been linked with Sheffield United in recent weeks, netted the decisive goal.
Play-off contenders Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers - both of whom have slipped down the table in recent weeks - played out a 0-0 draw which did neither side much benefit.
Burton Albion, too, were forced to share the points, as they drew 1-1 with Accrington Stanley. Dion Charles had handed Stanley the lead, only for John Brayford to level.
Elsewhere, Gillingham and struggling Rochdale drew 2-2 at Priestfield.
After this weekend’s results, Parkinson’s side remain six points off the League One summit, with a game in hand on new leaders Ipswich.