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Championship round-up

Derby County have been relegated from the Championship after a 1-0 defeat at QPR on Easter Monday was coupled with Reading’s remarkable comeback from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Swansea. Read on…


Derby go down: The Rams are relegated to the third tier for the first time since 1985-86 following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of QPR. It was an outstanding effort from Wayne Rooney and his players from him after the club was docked 21 points and lost several key players in January but they’ve come up a little short.

Above them in the table, Millwall’s win over Hull City means they are level on points with Sheffield United but just outside the play-off places. If Nottingham Forest lose against West Brom tonight, Fulham will be promoted, while Bournemouth boosted their hopes of automatic promotion with their win over Coventry City.


Premier League: Some news from the top flight, whose players have the day off after their weekend exertions.


Championship: Derby County are relegated but Barnsley, beneath them in the table having played one game fewer, are not mathematically down but need a miracle. They’re 11 points behind fourth from bottom Reading with just 12 to play for. Peterborough also live to fight another day – they’re seven points behind Reading, have a vastly inferior goal difference and both sides have just three games left.


League Two full time

  • Carlisle United 1-0 Mansfield Town
  • Colchester United 3-0 Bradford City
  • Crawley Town 1-0 Walsall
  • Forest Green 2-0 Oldham Athletic
  • Northampton Town 3-0 Harrogate
  • Port Vale 1-3 Bristol Rovers
  • Rochdale 2-1 Hartlepool United
  • Salford City 2-2 Barrow
  • Scunthorpe United 1-1 Stevenage
  • Sutton United 1-0 Newport County
  • Swindon Town 1-2 Leyton East
  • Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Exeter City
  • View the League Two table

League One full time

  • AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
  • Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Accrington Stanley
  • Gillingham 0-0 Fleetwood Town
  • Lincoln City 3-0 Cheltenham Town
  • Morecambe 1-1 Portsmouth
  • Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Sunderland
  • Shrewsbury Town 3-3 Doncaster Rovers
  • View the League One table

Championship full time

  • Middlebrough 0-2 Huddersfield
  • Barnsley 0-2 Peterborough
  • Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Stoke City
  • Blackpool 6-1 Birmingham City
  • Cardiff City 0-1 Luton Town
  • Coventry City 0-3 Bournemouth
  • Millwall 2-1 Hull City
  • QPR 1-0 Derby County
  • Reading 4-4 ​​Swansea City
  • Bristol City v Sheffield United (5.30pm)
  • Nottingham Forest v West Brom (8pm)
  • View the Championship table

Derby County are relegated

Championship: Reading’s astonishing comeback against Swansea City and Derby County’s defeat at the hands of QPR means the team from Pride Park will be in League One next season, despite their heroic effort to stay up under Wayne Rooney following combined point deductions of 21 points.

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney and players applaud the fans following the team’s relegation. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA
Derby County fans in the stands applaud players on the news of the team's relegation.
The Derby fans reciprocate the applause. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA
Derby County fans with an anti-EFL banner.
Derby fans give their opinion on the EFL bosses. Photograph: Ashley Western/Colorsport/Shutterstock


Championship: Tom McIntyre scores an equalizer for Reading against Swansea City. It’s 4-4 at the Madejski Stadium and as things stand Derby County, who trail QPR and have just had Tom Lawrence sit off, are going down.

Tom McIntyre celebrates scoring Reading's fourth goal.
Tom McIntyre celebrates scoring Reading’s fourth goal. Photograph: Alex Burstow/Getty Images


League One: Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scores his second of the day to give Bolton a 3-1 lead over Accrington Stanley. At the Mazuma Stadium, Jonah Ayunga has tapped home from one yard to make it Morecambe 1-1 Portsmouth.


Championship: Callum Connolly makes it Blackpool 6-1 Birmingham in a game where at least two goals seem to have been scored without my knowledge.


League Two: Ian Henderson equalises for Salford against Barrow. It’s 2-2 as the game goes into added time.


Championship: Derby County trail QPR by a Luke Amos goal scored in the 88th minute. Tom Eaves scores for Hull City at the Den, where his side of him trail Millwall 2-1.

League Two: Aaron Holloway puts Barrow 2-0 up against Salford, while Tranmere have doubled their lead to 2-0 against Exeter City.


League One: Wycombe equalizes against AFC Wimjbledon in a game that neither side wants to draw. Adebayo Akinfenwa does the honors against his former side.


League One: Gillingham’s Charlie Kelman and Fleetwood’s Paddy Lane have both been sent off for violently lunging two-footed into each other as they contested a 50-50 ball. Lane came out worse from the incident and is being stetched off.


League One: Doncaster pull another goal back against Shrewsbury through Reo Griffiths. They trail 3-2 but need to win.


League Two: Table-toppers Forest Green lead relegation strugglers Oldham 2-0 and the side from the north-west have just blazed a penalty over the bar.


Championship: A towering header from Frankie Kent at a corner makes it Barnsley 0-2 Peterborough. At Oakwell, Harry Cornick scores what could be a very important goal for Luton Town, getting on the end of a Robert Snodgrass cross from the left to score with a fine header.


League Two: Harry Bunn makes it 1-1 in already relegated Scunthorpe’s game against Stevenage. At the Jobserve Community Stadium, Freddie Sears makes it Colchester 3-0 Bradford.


League One: Jon Dadi Bodvarsson gives Bolton the lead by the odd goal of three in their game against Accrington.


Championship: A goalmouth scramble ends with Lucas Joao bundling the ball home to pull another goal back for Reading in their game against Swansea City. The Swans lead 4-3 at the Madejski. If Reading can score two more and win, Barnsley and Peterborough will be relegated.


League Two: Isaac Hutchinson puts Crawley one up against Walsall, while Josh Gordon has equalized with a glancing header from a John Rooney free-kick for Barrow against Salford. It’s 1-1 at the Peninsula Stadium.


League Two: Northampton Town now lead Rochdale by three goals to nil, with Sam Hoskins scoring their second in the past four minutes.


League Two: Louis Appere makes it Northampton Town 2-0 Harrogate, while Rochdale’s Jimmy Keohane has made it all square in his side’s game against Hartlepool. It’s 1-1 at the Crown Oil Arena.


Championship: Ivan Sunjic pulls one back for Birmingham, who continue to trail Blackpool 4-1 at Bloomfield Road.


League Two: Ten-man Leyton Orient double their lead against Swindon Town. Omar Beckles scores his second of the afternoon to make it 2-0 at the County Ground.


League One: Doncaster pull a goal back at Shrewsbury but still trail 3-1 in a game they have to win to give themselves any small chance of staying up.


Championship: Michael Obafemi spanks the ball home to score Swansea’s fourth of the afternoon. They lead Reading 4-1 at the Madejski.


Championship: Millwall score their second to go two up against Hull City and keep their play-off hopes alive and kicking. Tom Bradshaw gets their second.


Championship: It’s Coventry City 0-3 Bournemouth at the Ricoh Arena, where Dominic Solanke has boosted his side’s hopes of automatic promotion with his second of the afternoon. Meanwhile at Bloomfield Road, Jake Beesley scores his second of the match to make it Blackpool 4-0 Birmingham City.

Jake Beesley scores Blackpool's fourth goal.
Jake Beesley scores Blackpool’s fourth goal. Photograph: Dave Howarth/CameraSport/Getty Images


League One: Accrington equalizes against Bolton with Jay Rich-Baghuelou making it one goal apiece at the University of Bolton Stadium.


League Two: Already relegated Scunthorpe trail Stevenage 1-0 with Jamie Reid scoring for the visitors.


Championship: Millwall go ahead against Hull City at the Den, with Scott Malone scoring with a complete fluke from just outside the visitors’ penalty area. An attempted clearance seemed to hit his shin from him and the ball rolled inexorably into the Hull City goal.


Championship: No early goals to report in the second half of any second tier games.

League One: No early goals to report in the second half of any third tier games.

League Two: No early goals to report in the second half of any fourth tier games.


Championship half time

  • Middlebrough 0-2 Huddersfield (FT)
  • Barnsley 0-1 Peterborough
  • Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Stoke City
  • Blackpool 3-0 Birmingham City
  • Cardiff City 0-0 Luton Town
  • Coventry City 0-2 Bournemouth
  • Millwall 0-0 Hull City
  • QPR 0-0 Derby County
  • Reading 1-3 Swansea City
  • Bristol City v Sheffield United (5.30pm)
  • Nottingham Forest v West Brom (8pm)

League One half-times

  • AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
  • Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Accrington Stanley
  • Gillingham 0-0 Fleetwood Town
  • Lincoln City 3-0 Cheltenham Town
  • Morecambe 0-1 Portsmouth
  • Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Sunderland
  • Shrewsbury Town 3-0 Doncaster Rovers

League Two half-times

  • Carlisle United 0-0 Mansfield Town
  • Colchester United 2-0 Bradford City
  • Crawley Town 0-0 Walsall
  • Forest Green 2-0 Oldham Athletic
  • Northampton Town 1-0 Harrogate
  • Port Vale 1-2 Bristol Rovers
  • Rochdale 0-1 Hartlepool United
  • Salford City 1-0 Barrow
  • Scunthorpe United 0-0 Stevenage
  • Sutton United 1-0 Newport County
  • Swindon Town 0-1 Leyton Orient
  • Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Exeter City

Championship: Dominic Solanke makes it 2-0 for Bournemouth at Coventry City on the stroke of half-time. Meanwhile at the Madejski Stadium, Swansea’s Michael Obafemi is brought down in the penalty area and Joel Piroe scores his second of the game from the spot. It’s 3-1 to Swansea City.


League One: Oladapo Afolayan puts Bolton Wanderers ahead against Accrington.


League One: To the Mazuma Stadium, where Portsmouth lead Morecambe 1-0 through Sean Raggett.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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