League One round-up: Coventry beat Sunderland in nine-goal epic, Barnsley up to second
Sunderland beaten in five-goal thriller by Coventry, while Barnsley's win puts them above Black Cats and into top two
Last Updated: 14/04/19 6:03pm
Sunderland's hopes of securing automatic promotion were dealt a major blow as they suffered a remarkable 5-4 defeat to Coventry at the Stadium of Light.
There were six goals in a chaotic first half, beginning with George Honeyman cancelling out Bright Enobakhare's opener for the visitors.
Amadou Bakayoko and Jordy Hiwula then gave the Sky Blues a two-goal cushion, but the teams went in level at half-time at 3-3 after Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg scored.
Jordan Shipley had Coventry in front again, but Max Power levelled things up once more. Conor Chaplin completed the scoring after 78 minutes in an incredible afternoon in the north east.
Barnsley took full advantage of Sunderland's defeat by beating Fleetwood 4-2 at Oakwell to move above the Black Cats into second place in the table.
Mike-Steven Bahre and Cauley Woodrow struck to give the Tykes the half-time lead. Cameron McGeehan and Jacob Brown added second-half goals. Ched Evans and Wes Burns scored for Fleetwood, who had Harry Soutar sent off in the second half with the score at 2-1.
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Portsmouth piled more pressure on Sunderland in the race for automatic promotion after they were also comfortable home winners against Rochdale.
Oliver Hawkins, Brett Pitman, Gareth Evans, and Jamal Lowe were on the scoresheet in a 4-1 victory for Pompey. Aaron Wilbraham replied for Rochdale, who stay out of the relegation places despite the defeat.
Charlton kept themselves in the hunt for a top-two spot with a 3-1 win against leaders Luton, who led through Harry Cornick's early strike.
Lyle Taylor, from the penalty spot, Igor Vetokele, and Taylor again netted to turn the game on its head. Luton, beaten for the first time since October, finished with 10 men after Andrew Shinnie was sent off.
Peterborough stay seventh, five points behind Doncaster after Marcus Maddison scored in a 1-0 victory at Blackpool.
Bradford are on the brink of relegation after losing 3-2 at Bristol Rovers, who won with Jonson Clarke-Harris' late strike after Nathaniel Knight-Percival's injury-time effort looked to have got a point for the bottom club. Lewis O'Brien had given Bradford the lead before goals from Clarke-Harris and James Clarke.
Walsall stay in the relegation zone but, like Wimbledon and Southend, remain within touching distance of safety despite losing 2-1 at Accrington. Ross Sykes scored for Stanley either side of Nicky Devlin's equaliser. Josh Gordon was sent off late on for the Saddlers.
James Bolton and Tyrese Campbell were on target in Shrewsbury's 2-0 win at Gillingham.