Aaron Ramsdale kept his first clean sheet for AFC Wimbledon as they claimed a crucial 1-0 win over fellow League One strugglers Walsall last night.
Ramsdale, making his eighth appearance for the Dons, made telling saves either side of Steve Seddon bagging the only goal three minutes into the second half.
As the Saddlers enjoyed their best spell of the game, Ramsdale pulled off a top-drawer stop to keep out Jon Guthrie’s effort on the stroke of half-time.
And after Birmingham loanee Seddon had broken the deadlock, Ramsdale showed great reactions to deny Matt Jarvis an equaliser as the Dons registered their first league win of 2019.
Victory moved them to within seven points of safety ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round clash with Millwall at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday.
Marc Pugh made his fourth appearance from the bench for Hull City as they surrendered a two-goal lead and were held to a 2-2 draw by Championship strugglers Rotherham.
First-half goals from Jarrod Bowen and Fraizer Campbell put the Tigers in the driving seat before the Millers staged a second-half comeback.
Anthony Forde halved the arrears and Jon Taylor’s deflected shot hit defender Robbie McKenzie to wrong-footed Hull goalkeeper David Marshall to make it 2-2.
Pugh replaced Kamil Grosicki with 19 minutes remaining.
Connor Mahoney was an unused substitute in play-off chasing Birmingham City’s surprise 1-0 defeat by Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers at St Andrew’s.
Callum Connolly’s 71st-minute header earned Wanderers their first league win since Boxing Day.
Alex Dobre made his seventh appearance for Yeovil Town as they suffered a 4-1 defeat at Oldham in Paul Scholes’s first game as Latics manager.
Frankie Vincent came off the bench in the closing stages to make his debut for leaders Torquay United in their 4-1 win at Hemel Hempstead in National League South.
Jake Scrimshaw had a hand in all three Poole Town goals as they maintained their Southern Premier League South promotion push with a 3-0 win over Tiverton Town at Black Gold Stadium.
Scrimshaw was involved in the build-up for Corby Moore’s opener and then provided the assist for Sam Griffin to double the Dolphins’ lead.
The teenage striker showed great persistence to net the third, chasing what had appeared to be a lost cause before rounding Tiverton goalkeeper Liam Armstrong to complete the scoring.
Scrimshaw’s 13th goal for Poole make him the club’s leading marksmen in all competitions this season. His Cherries teammate James Boote came off the bench for the Dolphins.
The Cherries’ under-18 captain Brennan Camp will be hoping for his first taste of international action when Scotland under-19s meet Spain and Azerbaijan in friendlies this week.
Camp was named in the squad for the first time and will be hoping to feature against Spain tomorrow and Azerbaijan on Sunday, with both games at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia.