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EFL matchday review: 13-14 April

13 April 2019

There were some huge results across the country this weekend, but it was one that belonged to Lincoln City, who secured promotion to Sky Bet League One.

IPSWICH TOWN 1-1 BIRMINGHAM CITY

Ipswich's relegation to Sky Bet League One was confirmed on Saturday after they failed to win at home to Birmingham. They fell behind and showed fight to claim a point, but it wasn't enough to prevent them falling through the trap door. The result leaves Birmingham six points clear of trouble, though a couple of sides below them have a game in hand.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-1 MILLWALL 

The battle for automatic promotion took yet another dramatic turn this weekend, with Sheffield United ultimately losing ground. It was a nightmare final few minutes which did the damage; Millwall missed a penalty but got their reward in the dying seconds through Jake Cooper, whose goal gave the visitors a huge point in their bid to avoid relegation. The result was made worse for the Blades by Leeds United's win over Sheffield Wednesday in the late kick-off.

STOKE CITY 2-2 ROTHERHAM UNITED

Also battling back to pick up a vital point on the road were Rotherham, who came from two goals down at Stoke to show their never-say-die attitude once again. The Millers produced an excellent second-half display to keep their hopes of survival well and truly alive, with strikes from Michael Smith and Matt Crooks.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1-1 NORWICH CITY

Norwich had to wait until Sunday for their chance to take a step closer to the Premier League, and the points were shared at the DW Stadium as Wigan Athletic took a step closer to safety. A Man of the Match performance from 19-year-old Reece James almost won it for Paul Cook's side as his penalty put Wigan ahead for a large part of the game. However, a late Teemu Pukki equaliser saw the points shared.  

BRISTOL ROVERS 3-2 BRADFORD CITY

There were goals galore in Sky Bet League One, with five coming at the Memorial Stadium. In the end, despite going behind early on and later conceding a last-minute equaliser, it was the home side who came out on top, securing a result which could prove crucial. Jonson Clarke-Harris was again the Rovers hero, leaving Bradford's relegation looking all the more likely.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC 3-1 LUTON TOWN

Luton's incredible unbeaten league run had to come to an end at some point, and end it did at The Valley.  The league leaders had gone ahead, but the home side fought back with three second-half goals to put themselves right in the frame for automatic promotion. Luton's defeat was compounded with a late red card for Andrew Shinnie. 

PORTSMOUTH 4-1 ROCHDALE

Also in automatic promotion contention are Portsmouth, who sit a point above Charlton after a comprehensive victory over struggling Rochdale at Fratton Park. Oli Hawkins, Brett Pitman, Gareth Evans and Jamal Lowe all got on the scoresheet to continue Pompey's fine form, while Rochdale are now just a point and a place above the drop zone.

SUNDERLAND 4-5 COVENTRY CITY

There can be no question about which fixture will be classed as the game of the day, with nine goals shared between Sunderland and Coventry at the Stadium of Light. The visitors raced into a 3-1 lead but the sides went in level at the break, and the second period was equally entertaining, as City secured the points. It's a result which has blown the automatic promotion race wide open again, and keeps Coventry's faint hopes of a Play-Off place alive.

FOREST GREEN 2-0 MACCLESFIELD TOWN

A big game for both sides for different reasons saw the hosts consolidate their Play-Off place, though they had to be patient. Forest Green are now six points adrift of the automatics and six above the eighth-placed Carlisle United, while defeat for Sol Campbell's Macclesfield may have been worse, but for defeats for the two sides below them.

LINCOLN CITY 1-1 CHELTENHAM TOWN 

Lincoln may not have got all three points against Cheltenham, but there were fantastic scenes of celebration after the game, as their promotion to Sky Bet League One was confirmed by results elsewhere. The Imps set a club-record unbeaten run in the process, and will now look to secure the Sky Bet League Two title in the days to come.

TRANMERE ROVERS 2-1 MK DONS

A huge result at the top saw Tranmere beat fellow promotion hopefuls MK Dons at Prenton Park, a result which means there are now just three points separating four sides battling for to reach the automatics. David Perkins and Connor Jennings scored Rovers' goals, either side of Kieran Agard's effort, to secure a sixth straight home win.

YEOVIL TOWN 0-1 CRAWLEY TOWN

At the bottom, there was a massive win for Crawley against fellow strugglers Yeovil. The visitors moved nine points clear of the relegation zone, courtesy of a second-half volley from Filipe Morais, leaving Yeovil two points from safety with four games of the 2018/19 campaign remaining.


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