Football League: Bolton relegated to League One, Sheffield United go second
Bolton were condemned to relegation back to League One after two seasons inside the second tier, losing 2-0 to Aston Villa, the form team of the division, who collected a ninth successive win after goals from Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham.
Ten-man Wigan stun Leeds to blow Championship promotion race open
The beneficiaries of Leeds’ shock 2-1 loss to Wigan, Sheffield United, climbed up to second by beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 in a very lunchtime encounter. Moments after Yohan Benalouane was sent off for the last-man foul on David McGoldrick in the 47th minute, Mark Duffy whipped from the opening goal before Enda Stevens added a late second.
Birmingham twice took the lead against Derby through goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz prior to being pegged back by goals from Martyn Waghorn and Richard Keogh because game finished 2-2. Derby finished the afternoon in eighth. Within the Hawthorns, West Brom fought back from 2-1 as a result of beat Hull thanks to two goals from Dwight Gayle.
Bristol City stumbled into their chase to the play-offs because they are held to a 1-1 home draw by Reading. An equaliser from Josh Brownhill was required after Yakou M?t had opened the scoring for any visitors. Middlesbrough climbed back to sixth spot right after a third successive win by beating Stoke, with Britt Assombalonga scoring the only real goal from the second minute.
Rotherham, desperate for points for their battle from the drop, ran in-form Swansea near the coast an activity that finished 4-3 for the Liberty. Rotherham took charge during the 10th minute through Michael Ihiekwe, but found themselves 4-2 down after Oli McBurnie had scored his second. Will Vaulks’ goal create a tight finish, but Rotherham remain third bottom.
Millwall, fourth bottom, and Brentford played out a 1-1 draw with Josh Dasilva’s equaliser coming 5 minutes after Lee Gregory had scored while in the 15th minute for Millwall, who’re still overlooking their shoulders. Blackburn won 2-1 at QPR, with Bradley Dack’s 46th minute goal proving decisive and relegated Ipswich lost 4-0 to Preston with Lukas Nmecha scoring two goals.
Portsmouth scored a disputed late winner through Matt Clarke at Burton for a 2-1 win. They stay within two points of second-placed Barnsley, who beat Shrewsbury 2-1 thanks to your 55th-minute winner goal from Jacob Brown. Sunderland beat Doncaster 2-0 at dusk game to visit third – and host Portsmouth next Saturday.
Coventry‘s 2-0 defeat of Bradford, the Bantams’ seventh decrease a row, condemned the West Yorkshire club to relegation. Jordi Hiwula and Bright Enobakhare were on the right track for the Sky Blues, while Nathaniel Knight-Percival’s was sent off for your second yellow card.
Charlton‘s expectations of automatic promotion took a jolt after they lost 2-1 at Oxford as both teams had men sent off. Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood was dismissed for handling outside his area in the 54th minute although the Addicks’ Chris Solly was shown a straight red 20 minutes later. Lyle Taylor scored a fifth-minute penalty, a bright start quickly overturned by a fine volley from Curtis Nelson along with a Luke Garbutt free-kick.
Wimbledon had looked to be climbing out from the relegation zone as soon as they led Bristol Rovers by having a goal from Joe Pigott before Ollie Clarke’s 78th minute equaliser dropped the Dons into trouble.
Rochdale scored an essential late goal through captain Ian Henderson to overcome Wycombe and climb out from the bottom four. Scunthorpe stayed some extent clear after drawing 0-0 with Blackpool.
Already-promoted Lincoln missed the chance to clinch the title when losing 1-0 at Carlisle, for catastrophe defeat since Boxing Day.
Mansfield increased to second place using a crushing 4-0 defeat of Morecambe after Bury lost 3-1 at Newport. MK Dons thus moved approximately third by winning 2-1 at Notts County.
Exeter‘s 3-1 home defeat to Crawley left them clinging on the seventh and final play-off position with Carlisle now a little point in it.
The position at the base of the table remained the exact same after third-bottom Macclesfield lost 3-1 at Northampton, but neither Notts County nor second-bottom Yeovil could capitalise.
Yeovil lost 2-0 at Crewe, a match in which 20-year-old Alex keeper Will J??skel?inen made his league debut alongside veteran Nicky Hunt, who played alongside father Jussi at Bolton, and kept a maiden clean sheet.