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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 45 review

30 April 2016

Wigan Athletic clinched promotion to the Sky Bet Championship after thrashing Blackpool, and all but wrapped up the Sky Bet League 1 title in the process.

Drawing 0-0 at half-time, a point still would have seen the Latics up, but a rampant display after the break saw them storm to a 4-0 win, and back into the Championship at the first time of asking.

Burton Albion followed suit with three later in the day, beating Play-Off hopefuls Gillingham 2-1 late on to edge closer to a top-two finish. The Brewers trail Wigan by three points going into the final day, but the large goal difference tally between the two almost certainly hands the title to Gary Caldwell's side.

With Walsall not in action until Monday, Millwall moved up into third courtesy of their 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic. The result confirmed the Lions’ place in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs.

Bradford City will also be in the end-of-season showdowns, thanks to their 1-0 victory over Southend United.

The fight for sixth place and the final Play-Off spot will go down to the final day, after Barnsley drew 2-2 at home to Colchester United and Gillingham fell to Burton. Scunthorpe United are also in the mix to snatch a place, after they capitalised on other results and beat Port Vale 1-0.

.@MillwallFC & @officialbantams make @SkyBetLeague1 Play-Offs.@bfc_official, @SUFCOfficial or @TheGillsFC to join?

— The Football League (@football_league) April 30, 2016

At the other end of the table, Doncaster Rovers lost 3-1 to bottom club Crewe Alexandra in a result that all but confirms their relegation to Sky Bet League 2. Even if Fleetwood Town - in the last of the safety positions - lose their last two games, Rovers must still overturn a sizeable goal difference and win on the final day - and also hope Blackpool don’t triumph - to have any chance.

There was no shortage of entertainment on Matchday 45, and that was typified as Peterborough United beat Shrewsbury Town 4-3. The Posh were 3-0 up after 69 minutes, but were pegged back to 3-3 going into second-half stoppage time, only for Jon Taylor to net a last-gasp winner and steal all three points for the Posh. 

Despite the result, Shrewsbury are now safe and will compete in Sky Bet League 1 next season.

Chesterfield also retained their League 1 status, following a 3-0 win over Bury.

Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 45 results

Saturday 30th April 2016

Barnsley 2-2 Colchester United
Blackpool 0-4 Wigan Athletic
Burton Albion 2-1 Gillingham
Chesterfield 3-0 Bury
Coventry City 3-1 Sheffield United
Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Doncaster Rovers
Millwall 3-0 Oldham Athletic
Rochdale 2-2 Swindon Town
Scunthorpe United 1-0 Port Vale
Shrewsbury Town 3-4 Peterborough United
Southend United 0-1 Bradford City

Monday 2nd May 2016

Walsall v Fleetwood Town (12.15pm - live on Sky Sports)

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