What happened in League One as Dons watched on
Dons could not drop down the table despite not playing today, but results have by-and-large been beneficial to them in League One this afternoon.
While their scheduled opponents were in FA Cup action - going down 2-1 to Premier League Sheffied United in the fourth round - Dons were left with a watching brief at 3pm but only saw the gap between them and the relegation shrink by a single point as AFC Wimbledon played out a 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra, dropping Northampton Town into the bottom four.
Keith Curle's side were beaten 2-1 by Lincoln City at Sincil Bank to drop them to 21st, while Wigan and Swindon picked up points and still remain in the bottom four. The Latics drew 0-0 with Fleetwood, while Swindon were within seconds of pulling off a shock victory over Charlton, but conceded in the 96th minute as the Addicjs came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
In the 'former Dons boss derby' between Oxford and Bristol Rovers, it was Karl Robinson who claimed bragging rights over Paul Tisdale with a 2-0 win at the Kassam Stadium as Oxford climb to 11th, with Rovers 19th. Gillingham and Rochdale shared a 2-2 draw at Priestfield and sit 13th and 18th respectively.
At the sharp end, Hull City sent out a fierce statement to the rest of the division with a crushing 4-0 win over play-off hopefuls Portsmouth at Fratton Park - helped out by two Jack Whatmough own goals for the visitors. They are level on 45 points with Lincoln though, and are now leading the Imps by five goals.
Peterborough also benefitted from an own goal from Mark McGuinness to beat Ispwich 1-0 and move into third spot, while Sunderland moved to within a point of the play-off spots thanks to their 1-0 win over Shrewsbury.