Sunday Express

Championsh­ip return in sight after Hull win


HULL are within touching distance of an immediate return to the Championsh­ip after beating Fleetwood 2-1.

Second-half goals from Josh Magennis and Keane Lewispotte­r moved the Tigers 11 points clear of third-placed Sunderland – who they host midweek – and 13 ahead of Lincoln in fourth.

It leaves City needing two wins from their final four games to guarantee promotion.

Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes suffered a big blow following a 1-0 defeat at promotion rivals Blackpool thanks to Luke Garbutt’s winner.

Lincoln kept their automatic hopes intact and pushed 10-man Bristol Rovers to the brink of relegation with a 1-0 win at the Memorial Stadium.

Anthony Scully’s 16th-minute goal was enough for the Imps.

The result leaves Joey Barton’s side four points from safety but having played more games than most of the sides around them.

Wigan recorded their third league win in a row to see off 10-man Crewe 2-0 at the DW Stadium – with Joe Dodoo and Lee Evans the scorers – and take another huge step towards safety.

Rochdale climbed off the foot of the table with a 3-1 win against Accrington thanks to goals from Jimmy Keohane, Jake Beesley and Conor Shaughness­y.

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VITAL: Magennis strikes

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