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Round-up: Matchday 43

14 April 2018

The first relegation of 2017/18 occurred in Matchday 43, one promotion party was put on hold, while another began. Here's the review...

Wolverhampton Wanderers can celebrate promotion, after Fulham were held to a 1-1 draw by West London rivals Brentford.

Aleksandar Mitrovic made it 12 goals in 12 games, but Neal Maupay's last-gasp effort rescued a point and ensured the Cottagers could no longer catch the long-time leaders.

Wolves' promotion party went according to plan on Sunday lunchtime, when Diogo Jota and Benik Afobe saw them past Birmingham City at Molineux.

Cardiff City bounced back from back-to-back losses with victory at Norwich City to move back into second spot. With the clock running down, a late salvo from Kenneth Zohore and Junior Hoilett reignited their automatic promotion hopes.

Aston Villa clinched a play-off place on Friday night with a 1-0 win over Leeds United, and Middlesbrough's come-from-behind win against Bristol City moves them to fifth, and leaves the Robins down in 11th.

Sheffield United and Millwall played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the day, a result which keeps the Lions in the top six, while the Blades remain within touching distance, three points further back.

Sandwiched between that pair are Derby County – who lost 3-1 at Burton Albion – and Preston North End. The Lilywhites fought back to beat Queens Park Rangers by two goals to one thanks to Callum Robinson's brace.

There was plenty of drama towards the bottom end of the table, where Sunderland returned to the foot of the table after a 2-2 draw at Reading, combined with the aforementioned triumph for the Brewers.

That was the scoreline at Oakwell too, where Oli McBurnie's goal kept Barnsley within reach of opponents Bolton Wanderers. The Tykes are two points behind the Trotters with a game in hand.

Elsewhere, a Jordan Rhodes goal saw Sheffield Wednesday to a 1-0 win at Hull City, while a stoppage-time strike from Joe Lolley turned things around to earn Nottingham Forest maximum points at home to Ipswich Town.

Bury have been relegated from Sky Bet League One, following a 3-2 reverse at home to Northampton Town.

Ash Taylor's double helped the Cobblers end a 10-game winless run to boost their survival hopes on an enthralling afternoon at the wrong end of the table.

Milton Keynes Dons let a lead slip against Doncaster Rovers, dropping to 23rd as a result of the 2-1 loss, while Rochdale moved closer to safety with a 1-0 win at Peterborough United.

Oldham Athletic are just a point better off after being pegged back late on by Gillingham, while AFC Wimbledon took a step towards another year in the division, coming back from two goals down to beat Walsall.

Karl Robinson earned his first win as Oxford United manager – a 2-0 win over Southend United.

After Shrewsbury Town drew 0-0 at Bradford City on Thursday night, the top two were also held on Saturday afternoon.

Wigan Athletic couldn't find a way past Rotherham United, so it looked like Charlie Mulgrew's 13th goal of the season was taking Blackburn Rovers top. However, Chris Lines had other ideas, rescuing a late point for Bristol Rovers.

Scunthorpe United returned to winning ways and to the top six, courtesy of Ivan Toney's winner at Charlton Athletic. Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United are sandwiched between that pair, after drawing 0-0 at Home Park.

Last but not least, Fleetwood Town were heading towards a first win over local foes Blackpool, but late efforts from Viv Solomon-Otabor and Armand Gnanduillet sunk the Cod Army.

Accrington Stanley's promotion party was spoiled by Exeter City, although Kayden Jackson's second-half equaliser pushed the hosts another step closer to League Two promotion.

Luton Town are in prime position to join them, fighting back from a goal down to ease past Crewe Alexandra 3-1. Wycombe Wanderers remain third after Rendell Williams saw them to a narrow win at Yeovil Town.

Nots County climbed to fourth after fighting back from a goal down to beat Colchester United, and are four points adrift of the Chairboys along with the Grecians.

Jordan Ponticelli struck twice to see Coventry City past Crawley Town and climb to sixth, while Mansfield Town – who won at local rivals Chesterfield in an early kick-off – enter the top seven following Lincoln City's loss at Port Vale.

The aforementioned loss for the Spireites leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table, behind Grimsby Town and 23rd-placed Barnet, who drew 2-2 at Blundell Park – Mitch Rose rescuing the Mariners from the penalty spot for the second week in a row.

Forest Green Rovers beat Gloucestershire foes Cheltenham Town 1-0, courtesy of Christian Doidge, to move six points clear of the bottom two.

Elsewhere, Barry Corr's first goals since February 2017 saw Cambridge United to a 2-0 win at Stevenage, while Morecambe and Carlisle United played out a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena.



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