Wed­nes­day and Read­ing book play­off spots

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Read­ing se­cured places in the Cham­pi­onship pro­mo­tion play­offs on Satur­day while at the bot­tom Wi­gan Ath­letic were relegated back to League One.

Pro­moted Brighton missed out on a chance to se­cure the ti­tle, los­ing 1-0 at home to Bris­tol City to a goal, two min­utes be­fore the break, from Josh Brown­hill.

The loss leaves Brighton a point ahead of New­cas­tle, also pro­moted, with the fi­nal round of games this week­end.

Wed­nes­day’s sixth straight win came with a 1-0 vic­tory at Ip­swich, thanks to a Kieran Lee goal, and means they can­not be caught by sev­enth-placed Leeds United.

Third-placed Read­ing will also be in­volved in the four-team bat­tle for a place in the Premier League af­ter they beat Wi­gan 1-0, through an early header from top scorer Yann Ker­mor­gant.

That re­sult meant an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the third tier for Wi­gan who join Rother­ham United in be­ing relegated to League One next sea­son.

Hud­der­s­field, who had al­ready made sure of their place in the play­offs, fell to a 2-0 loss at lowly Birm­ing­ham City, who en­joyed their first win un­der new man­ager Harry Red­knapp.

“We need a win — a point is noth­ing,” said Red­knapp. “It was im­por­tant we got the win — it keeps us out of it and I’d still rather be two points above it than two points be­hind.”

Birm­ing­ham are now two points ahead of Not­ting­ham For­est and Black­burn Rovers, who both have 48 points and are scrap­ping to es­cape the fi­nal rel­e­ga­tion place.

Rovers kept alive their hopes with a Danny Gra­ham goal, which gave them a 1-0 win at home to As­ton Villa, while For­est fell to a 2-0 de­feat away to Queens Park Rangers.

In this week’s fi­nal round of games For­est are at home to Ip­swich while Black­burn are away at Brent­ford.

Leeds United’s hopes of mak­ing the play­offs vir­tu­ally van­ished, de­spite com­ing back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Nor­wich, leav­ing Ful­ham, who drew 1-1 at Brent­ford, three points ahead of them with a 13-goal ad­van­tage. Agen­cies

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