THIS weekend saw plenty of action across Sky Bet League One.

Away from Oxford United's defeat at Gillingham, there were new leaders, one manager left "feeling sick" and another celebrating after their toughest week in the job.

Blackpool 1, Ipswich Town 4

Ipswich boss Paul Lambert hailed his side after they swept aside Blackpool at Bloomfield Road to move to the League One summit.

The Tractor Boys had the game all but won by half-time after strikes from Luke Chambers, Gwion Edwards and Teddy Bishop in a blistering first 45 minutes.

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  • Ipswich Town’s Gwion Edwards scores his side's fourth goal at Bloomfield Road Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire 

Gary Madine pulled one back on the hour but Edwards’ second settled the outcome as the visitors came away with a 4-1 win to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

“I thought we were brilliant, it was a great performance,” Lambert said.

“We are playing really well. We’re definitely a real threat, there are a lot of good things to look at."

Blackpool remain in the bottom four and boss Neil Critchley was left to rue “a horrible afternoon”.

He said: “We seem to be getting punished for every mistake we make.

"To be 3-0 down at half-time was tough to take because, for very large period of the half, I thought we were the better team.”

Swindon Town 0, AFC Wimbledon 1

AFC Wimbledon manager Glyn Hodges was beaming with pride after his side won 1-0 at Swindon to end the promoted Robins’ 100 per cent home league record this season.

Joe Pigott’s first-half goal was enough to earn the visitors all three points in a low-key game at the County Ground.

Hodges said: “The teams coming up are good sides, they’ve had good seasons and they’re full of confidence.

“They’re not as buoyed by the fans but this was a hard place to come and to keep the clean sheet as well is excellent."

Swindon manager Richie Wellens was frustrated by his side’s failure to create clear-cut scoring chances.

Wellens said: “I thought we played really well in the first 15 minutes, and then we had a little bit of a spell where we gave them leeway back in the game.

“They’ve only had one shot on target and not been in our box all of the second half."

Crewe Alexandra 3, Wigan Athletic 0

Dave Artell admitted he had endured his hardest week in football management after Covid-hit Crewe emerged to beat Wigan 3-0.

Four of the Cheshire club’s squad have been self-isolating over the past week, with two of those players, Ryan Wintle and Omar Beckles, able to return to be part of an emphatic win driven by a powerful first-half display.

Beckles’ positive test was instrumental in the cancellation of last weekend’s fixture at Oxford, but the former Shrewsbury defender was cleared to play by the EFL and managed 80 minutes off the bench.

Artell said: “It’s been the toughest week of my managerial career. They don’t teach you that on these courses but we just want to play football without taking risks with anyone’s health and that will be the case going forward, as it was last week.”

Wigan boss John Sheridan said: “Losing any game is always a downer, but more than anything it was a very disappointing performance and it was something I didn’t expect from us."

Lincoln City 1, Bristol Rovers 2

Michael Appleton felt Bristol Rovers got the “rub of the green with the decisions” as Lincoln’s flawless start to the Sky Bet League One season was halted by a 2-1 defeat.

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  • Lincoln City’s Adam Jackson reacts after being shown a red card by referee Jeremy Simpson  Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire

But the Imps boss also acknowledged his side made too many errors and lacked a cutting edge in the attacking third.

He said: "It was one of those days where they got the rub of the green with the decisions, but that’s part of football. As a team we can do better.

“The amount of times we were in the final third and the final pass let us down. They are things we can improve on.”

Ben Garner, who was celebrating his first away win in charge, said: "We had to grit our teeth and get through the game, but we defended really, really well.

"Probably could have managed the game a little bit better with the ball later on, but overall an excellent performance away from home.”

Fleetwood Town 4, Hull City 1

Frustrated Hull manager Grant McCann admitted a sloppy second half performance cost his team the chance to go top Sky Bet League One.

Two goals from 23-year-old Harvey Saunders and further strikes from midfielder Callum Camps and defender Sam Stubbs saw McCann’s misfiring side well-beaten on the Fylde coast.

“We didn’t see the second half coming to be honest, we simply weren’t good enough,” said McCann. “We were not at the races."

Jubilant Fleetwood manager Barton said: “I’m delighted, especially off the back of four defeats.

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  • Fleetwood Town's Callum Camps celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Hull City  Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

“I just felt something had changed in the build-up to this game, I felt my lads had got themselves together and were ready to deliver a performance.

“They were probably fortunate to get out of that 4-1, we could have won 5-1, 6-1 or 7-1."

Plymouth Argyle 2, Burton Albion 0

Delighted Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe described his side’s reaction to their defeat at Hull as “spot on” as Argyle claimed a 2-0 victory over Burton at a windswept Home Park.

Argyle saw their unbeaten start to the League One season come to an end with last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Hull City, but they got back on track against the Brewers.

Lowe said: "It was a superb win after last week’s disappointment of not getting anything at Hull. We put a game-plan together and the lads executed it.

“We felt we should have got something at Hull but we bounced back and the reaction? Two goals at home and a clean sheet. Spot on."

Burton have lost four of their five matches this season.

Boss Jake Buxton said: "Injuries are a big problem at the minute, but I don’t want to hide behind that.

“We can’t go feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to dust ourselves down. There are a lot of positives with the ball, but if we keep conceding goals we aren’t going to win any games."

Portsmouth 2, MK Dons 1

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett praised his side’s defensive resilience after they overcame a second-half barrage from MK Dons.

He said: “I was very pleased with the way we held onto our lead and sustained their pressure.

“It is an open division this year and we are not underestimating it. We are pleased to pick up a couple of wins now; one at home and one away.”

Russell Martin’s men are still seeking their first win of the season and the former Norwich star has warned his players they need to cut out the individual errors.

Martin said: “I feel sick. I feel let down and feel disappointed.

“They had two shots on target and we lost 2-1. I don’t know what more we can do away from home.

“Too many individual errors in simple situations are letting us down."

Northampton Town 0, Peterborough United 2

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson dedicated Saturday’s derby win over local rivals Northampton to club great Tommy Robson, who died this week at the age of 76.

Robson made a club-record 559 appearances for Posh and would have enjoyed the dominant manner of their 2-0 victory over the Cobblers on Saturday.

“We dedicate that win to Tommy and also to the fans that couldn’t be here today,” Ferguson said.

“He was a legend at this club and I’m pleased we could get the win for him.

“I thought we were excellent and deserved the result. Tactically, the lads got it spot-on in terms of what we worked on."

The defeat was Northampton’s third league loss in a row, and manager Keith Curle knows they need to do better.

“It shows we need to improve and we need to continue that improvement,” said Curle.

“They’re a good team and they’ve got some very good footballers for this level but it shows the standard we need to get up to."

Accrington Stanley 2, Rochdale 1

Accrington boss John Coleman was glad to finally get rid of the Rochdale hoodoo as his side celebrated a 2-1 win over Dale.

It is 60 years since Stanley last beat Rochdale at home and the Reds have lost the last six league games against the Spotland side.

Coleman said: "Before the game I probably did go overboard saying the players could make history.

“You can get blind-sided by the hoodoo and bogey team but any win is important.

“I was delighted with the work-rate and the passion we showed."

Dale manager Brian Barry-Murphy felt his side had been unfortunate.

“It was a tough result to take and we are disappointed but overall I am happy with our performance,” he said.

“We got three points last week with a 90th-minute winner against Fleetwood so I guess we had that bit of luck then but we have to take the positives from this.