New­cas­tle win Cham­pi­onships ti­tle, Burn­ley rel­e­gated

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: New­cas­tle United sewed up the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle yes­ter­day, beat­ing Barns­ley 3-0 to fin­ish above Brighton & Hove Al­bion and re­turn to the Pre­mier League with a bang on a fran­tic fi­nal day at both ends of Eng­land’s sec­ond-tier.

Brighton fin­ished sec­ond af­ter draw­ing 1-1 at mid-ta­ble As­ton Villa, while at the other end of the ta­ble Not­ting­ham For­est pulled off a nar­row es­cape as 1995 Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Black­burn Rovers were rel­e­gated.

For­est looked set for the drop af­ter Black­burn took a 2-0 firsthalf lead at Brent­ford, but Britt As­som­ba­longa scored a penalty to put the twice Euro­pean cham­pi­ons back in the box seat.

Chris Co­hen dou­bled For­est’s lead af­ter the interval and As­som­ba­longa missed a sec­ond penalty, but made amends with a pow­er­ful shot from in­side the area to give For­est a 3-0 vic­tory that kept them up on goal dif­fer­ence.

Black­burn’s 3-1 vic­tory over Brent­ford could not pre­vent them from drop­ping into the third-tier next sea­son, along­side al­ready rel­e­gated Wi­gan Ath­letic and Rother­ham United.

Birm­ing­ham, who were also in dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion and brought in Harry Red­knapp as man­ager last month to help keep them in the Cham­pi­onship, held on for a nar­row 1-0 win over Bris­tol City to stay up, two points clear of For­est and Black­burn.

Read­ing, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, Hud­der­s­field and Ful­ham fin­ished in the play­off places and will face off to de­cide which team wins the fi­nal pro­mo­tion spot to the Pre­mier League. Reuters

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