26 May 2022 | 08:12 | Football
Derby beat Fulham 2-1 on Good Friday, delaying the copycats’ automatic promotion and keeping their own slim hopes of survival.
Fabio Carvalho has given Marco Silva’s side an immediate return to the Premier League – they could have won by winning – but Wayne Rooney’s side are under teenage striker Luke Planch The score was equalized after the breakthrough.
The Rams secured a big win when Tosin Adarabijo swept Tom Lawrence’s ball over the box into his own net.
Earlier in the day, Luton boosted their promotion hopes after a 1-0 win over rivals Nottingham Forest at Kenilworth Road.
Carl Naismith scored with a handball from Jack Kolbeck in the box eight minutes before the break and the Hats held on despite Sonny Bradley’s dismissal in the 77th minute.
Forest’s defeat gave Fulham a chance to seal their return to the Premier League with a late kick-off win over Derby.
Bournemouth failed to win a fourth consecutive game after a 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough, giving hope for the chase.
Scott Parker’s side failed to break through the play-offs chasing Boro and were just five points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield before their late kick-off against QPR.
Sheffield United’s play-off hopes have been dealt a blow after a humiliating home defeat to Reading, who greatly improved their chances of survival.
Lucas Joao gave Reading a shocking lead after the 17th minute, but the Blades appeared to grab the final point in the 90th minute through Iliman N’Diaye.
Tom McIntyre came off the line at the other end and secured a crucial victory for Reading, keeping them nine points clear of danger.
Blackburn have failed to capitalise on the Blades’ blunder after losing to relegation fighters Peterborough.
Rangers were reduced to 10 when Tayo Edun received his second yellow card after 41 minutes.
Ben Brereton-Diaz put 10 ahead after 77 minutes, but Sammie Szmodics equalised six minutes later.
Jack Marriott scored the winner three minutes later, but Bosh remained nine points clear of safety.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield were targeted twice in their 2-2 draw with QPR.
Yoann Barbet’s own goal gave the Terriers the lead, but Luke Amos pulled one back before the break. Harry Toffolo then restored the hosts’ lead, only for Ilias Chair to equalise again to secure points sharing.
Coventry kept their playoff hopes alive after a 4-2 win at Birmingham after falling 2-0.
Kristian Pedersen headed home in the 12th minute and Gary Gardner made it 2-0 six minutes before the break.
But Mark Robbins’ men were quick to level as Benshev struck twice before half-time.
The Sky Blues completed their comeback when Michael Rose headed home after the 71st minute before Callum O’Hare finished fourth.
Barnsley are 10 points behind after a 1-1 draw at Swansea.
Claudio Gomez gave Barnsley the lead in the 54th minute, but it took only 10 minutes for Olivier Ncham to equalise.
Hull City beat Cardiff City 2-1.
Allahyar Sayyadmanesh put Hull in the lead eight minutes later and Lewis Skoyle doubled the lead three minutes later with a left-footed sweep. Aden Flint pulled one back nine minutes later.
West Brom beat Blackpool 2-1 in extra time.
The Baggies took the lead three minutes before breaking through Andy Carroll, but Blackpool, now five-game unbeaten, pulled one back through Marvin Ekpiteta.
Callan Grant hit 3 minutes in stoppage time to keep the Baggies’ unlikely playoff charge alive.
Preston and Millwall were also tied 1-1, while Jay Da Silva’s 84th-minute winner gave Bristol a 1-0 win at Stoke.
Sunderland picked up another late victory, beating Shrewsbury with stoppage-time Nathan Broadhead winners to boost their hopes of progressing to the Sky Bet League One play-offs.
A fifth win in six games means Alex Neal’s side now have 20 points from their last 24 games.
Elliot Embleton’s left-footed shot put the Black Cats ahead in the fourth minute after Broadhead’s free-kick bounced off the wall.
Broadhead fired home in the 13th minute after goalkeeper Marko Marosi could only parry Dennis Cirkin’s shot.
Josh Vela gave the visitors hope with a low score five minutes into the second half, and eight minutes later former Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan levelled in a corner kick. A field goal after being cleared in half.
However, Broadhead’s second game in overtime secured a 3-2 victory and gave Neal’s side their third straight win in the closing stages to keep sixth.
Garath McCleary’s double saw Wycombe score two goals in a 2-0 win over fourth-placed Plymouth at Adams Park to move past Sunderland and into fifth.
McCleary opened the scoring with a powerful right-footed shot in the 14th minute, before Brandon Hanlan doubled the lead 17 minutes later with a superb performance down the left.
Oxford’s strong start helped them beat a devastating run of three consecutive losses with a 3-2 victory at Fleetwood.
Nathan Holland, Cameron Branagan and Billy Bodine scored within 16 minutes to give Carl Robinson’s side a 3-0 lead.
Ellis Harrison pulled one back with a 39th-minute penalty, and Sheehan Hayes (53) closed the gap even further, but Oxford remained victorious, meaning the Codds fell to the bottom four.
Morecambe climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of their Lancashire rivals thanks to a 3-2 win at Charlton.
Goals from Cole Stockton (26) and Arthur Gnahoua (43 and 59) lifted Derek Adams’ team to 19th. Jayden Stockley (53) and Chuks Aneke (81) answer the home team.
Relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon led Sam Cosgrove with a 19th-minute goal from Crewe but Mikael Manderon and Chris Long turned things around two minutes into the second half before Basara Sambu won 3-1 in overtime — only the Railroad’s seventh win of the campaign.
Struggler Gillingham took the lead at Cheltenham twice through goals from Vardan Oliver and Ben Reeves but Callum Wright and Kane Etete ensured a 2-2 finish .
Amadou Bakayoko and Kieran Sadlier scored in Bolton’s 2-1 win over second-placed Doncaster, Ademipo Odubeko responded.
Portsmouth beat Lincoln 3-2 in an interesting game, with all goals coming in the second half.
George Hurst’s 50th-minute penalty gave Portsmouth the lead and Michael Jacobs made it 2-0 midway through the second half. Teddy Bishop and Ben House scored twice within eight minutes to equalise, but Ronan Curtis scored for the hosts in the 82nd minute.
The mid-table clash between Accrington and Burton ended without the ball.
Scunthorpe’s 72-year sojourn in the English Football League came to an end as a 3-0 win at Leyton Orient confirmed their relegation to the Wanarama Nations League.
The league’s second-bottom club found themselves behind on 15 minutes when Paul Smith started to score from a tight angle.
The Orient made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when Theo Archibald swept the ball past iron goalkeeper Rory Watson on the edge of the box.
Six minutes later, Ruel Sotiriou added a third for the hosts, at the back post, which proved enough to decide Scunthorpe’s fate.
At the other end of the table, second-placed Exeter cut the gap to Forest Green to just two points after beating Colchester 2-0 early in the kick-off before the leaders lost 4-0. A relegation-threatened Barrow.
Exeter extended their unbeaten run to nine games thanks to half-time goals from Jack Sparkes and Offrande Zanzala.
Meanwhile, Barrow gave their survival hopes a huge boost as first-half goals from Joe Grayson and John Rooney, Matt Platt and Aaron Amadi-Holo Wei’s effort in the second half brought them a win, moving them three points above the drop zone.
Stevenage also secured a crucial victory, with a Scott Cuthbert goal giving them a 1-0 win over Rochdale and a three-point victory over Oldham, The latter lost 2-0 to Northampton, dropping to 23rd.
Northampton are now fourth after goals from Jon Guthrie and Louis Appere for either side after half-time. Oldham were reduced to the last 10 when Karpiljani was sent off.
Bristol Rovers beat Salford 1-0 as Elliott Anderson’s 75th-minute effort climbed to fifth, while third-placed Vale relied on Conor Hall’s second-half header Ball beat Hartlepool 1-0.
The play-off chase saw Swindon beat Harrogate 4-1, with Aston Villa loanees Louie Barry and Josh Davidson scoring twice each, before Luke Armstrong got a late consolation for the hosts.
Sutton moved into the top seven with a 3-2 win over play-off rivals Mansfield, with Omar Bougier, David Ajiboye and Rich Bennett all on the scoresheet, while Town passed Ben Goode Leif’s own goal and Marty Longstaff’s late effort secured the goal.
Play-off hopefuls Newport were beaten 2-1 at home by Crawley, with Ashley Nadisson and Ludwig Francie Wright scoring for the visitors before James Waite in Pulled back a goal in the second half.
10-man Bradford clinched a 1-1 draw after more than 60 minutes with 10 as Callum McManaman’s 89th-minute goal for Tranmere was offset Jamie Walker’s first-half opener, while Jamie Walker scored nine minutes before Elliott Watt was sent off for two quick bookings.
Jack Erling’s first-half stoppage-time goal gave Walsall a 1-0 win over Carlisle.