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The half-times

  • Birmingham City 0-2 Blackburn Rovers
  • Bournemouth 0-0 Millwall
  • Derby County 0-0 Cardiff City
  • Huddersfield Town 2-0 Bristol City
  • Hull City 0-0 Nottingham Forest
  • Luton Town 1-0 Reading
  • Peterborough United 1-0 Blackpool
  • Preston North End 2-0 Middlesbrough
  • Sheffield United 3-0 Fulham
  • Stoke City 1-1 Coventry City
  • Swansea City 0-0 Queens Park Rangers
  • West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Barnsley

As things stand, the play-off semi-finals will be Huddersfield v Luton and Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United.

GOAL! Birmingham 0-2 Blackburn (Brereton Diaz 45). Ben Brereton Diaz cuts in from the left and curls an unstoppable dipper into the top right. Another astonishing goal by Rovers, who are ending an ultimately disappointing season with panache.

GOAL! Luton 1-0 Reading (Cornick 45+1). Harry Cornick channels his inner Dion Dublin. Orjan Nyland plays the role of Shay Given. Oh dear. But what a huge goal for Luton, who are on course to rubber-stamp their play-off slot!

GOAL! Huddersfield 2-0 Bristol City (Ward 44). Danny Ward, without a goal since Boxing Day, bundles over the line from close range. Not sure he knew too much about it, the ball clanking around all over the shop, but a goal’s a goal’s a goal.

GOAL! Stoke 1-1 Coventry (Clucas 43). Sam Clucas levels things up in the Potteries, meeting a left-flank cutback and whipping a shot into the bottom right.

GOAL! WBA 2-0 Barnsley (Reach 40). Adam Reach chases after a long punt down the middle, sticks out a leg, and lobs Barnsley’s walkabout keeper Jack Walton from 25 yards. Too little, too late for West Brom, who were top back in October.

GOAL! WBA 1-0 Barnsley (Grant 37 pen). Karlan Grant slots a penalty, but that won’t stop the Baggies finishing in their lowest league position for 22 seasons.

GOAL! Peterborough 1-0 Blackpool (Clark-Harris 36). Relegated Posh look to go out with a bang. Jonson Clarke-Harris obliges.

GOAL! Preston 2-0 Middlesbrough (Fry og 35)
Oh Boro. Dael Fry deflects a left-wing cross into his own net. That’s their chances of snatching a play-off slot all but gone.

Own GOAL scored by Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry Photograph: Paul Thompson/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

GOAL! Huddersfield 1-0 Bristol City (Toffolo 33). The free-scoring full back Harry Toffolo scores his fifth goal the last seven, finishing off a power dribble down the inside-left channel. As things stand, Town will end the season in third spot, leapfrogging Nottingham Forest, and will play Luton in the play-off semis. “Another pretty dull season for my team Bristol City although we did flirt briefly with relegation,” begins Rick Harris. “Hard to see us changing the outcome for next season with the club in the present unambitious ownership. Almost wish I was a Rovers fan because the Gas have had a great season and fingers crossed they will get promotion back to their spiritual home of League 1 or to those of us who still yearn for the good old days before the FA sold us out – the Third Division.”

GOAL! Birmingham 0-1 Blackburn (Buckley 29). This will probably be Tony Mowbray’s last game as Rovers manager. If that’s the case, he’s going out in some style thanks to John Buckley, who has just sent a diagonal 25-yard heatseeker into the top-left corner of the Birmingham net. An absolute screamer!

GOAL! Sheffield United 3-0 Fulham (Berge 25). Sander Berge pokes a close-range effort through Paulo Gazzaniga’s legs, and it’s fairly clear that Fulham are, if not yet on the beach, then mentally in their hotel rooms splashing on the sun cream. Barring a Pep-in-the-Champions-League-esque collapse, Sheffield United will contest the promotion play-offs.

Berge celebrates scoring.
Berge celebrates scoring. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

GOAL! Preston 1-0 Middlesbrough (Browne 24). Alan Browne chests down a right-wing cross and fires into the bottom right. Boro need to win, and hope either Sheffield United or Luton fail to claim three points … and it’s not looking good for Chris Wilder’s side right now.

Middlesbrough players look dejected.
Middlesbrough players look dejected. Photograph: Paul Greenwood/REX/Shutterstock
Disappointed Middlesbrough fans react.
Disappointed Middlesbrough fans react. Photograph: Paul Thompson/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

GOAL! Sheffield United 2-0 Fulham (Ndiaye 21). Sheffield United are doing their bit, though! Iliman Ndiaye doubles their lead against the champions, sweeping home when found all alone on the penalty spot!

Ndiaye scores to make it 2-0.
Ndiaye scores to make it 2-0. Photograph: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images

It’s half time at Parkhead. Celtic 2-1 Hearts. One in a row is on!

GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Coventry (Gyokeres 14). Viktor Gyokeres romps clear down the inside-right channel and slots to give the Sky Blues the lead in the bragging-rights-only midlands derby.

Gyokeres of Coventry City scores.
Gyokeres of Coventry City scores. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

A win for Luton against Reading would seal the other remaining play-off spot, and Nathan Jones’ team have started off on the front foot. They’ve already had three very decent chances, the best of which being Allan Campbell’s close-range header, well parried by Reading keeper Orjan Nyland. It remains Luton 0-0 Reading.

GOAL! Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham (Gibbs-White 10). The Blades need a win to confirm their place in the play-offs, and they’re ahead against the champions! Morgan Gibbs-White meets a right-wing cross and sends a powerful header into the top-right.

Gibbs-White heads in early.
Gibbs-White heads in early. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
Gibbs-White celebrates scoring.
Gibbs-White celebrates scoring. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

The Scottish title is all but Celtic’s as things stand. Kyogo forces a header over the line, just, in the 37th minute against Hearts. Should the hosts hold onto their 2-1 lead, they’ll go nine points clear of Rangers, who will only have three games left with a vastly inferior goal difference. Ah well, they’ve got a couple of cup finals to look forward to. No bad consolation, right?

While we’re waiting for something to happen in the Championship, some news from Scotland, where Celtic can effectively seal the Premiership title with victory over Hearts. They fell behind after just three minutes, Ellis Simms sweeping home from close range, but Daizen Maeda has equalised on the half hour. It’s Celtic 1-1 Hearts at Parkhead.

The final dozen matches of the regular Championship season kick off. Here we go, then. Drama ahoy!

Sheffield United players form a guard of honour for Fulham ahead of the match at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United players form a guard of honour for Fulham ahead of the match at Bramall Lane. Photograph: Matt West/REX/Shutterstock

Last night in the Third Division…

The teams

Birmingham: Etheridge, Gordon, Roberts, Pedersen, Colin, Sunjic, James, Chong, Bacuna, Taylor, Hernandez.
Subs: Friend, Woods, Hogan, Graham, Trueman, Hall, Bellingham.
Blackburn: Kaminski, Ayala, Brown, Scott Wharton, Pickering, Travis, Edun, Hedges, Buckley, Gallagher, Brereton.
Subs: Dolan, Rankin-Costello, Markanday, Dack, Lenihan, Vale, Eastham.

Bournemouth: Travers, Smith, Phillips, Zemura, Kelly, Cook, Kilkenny, Anthony, Marcondes, Brady, Solanke.
Subs: Woodman, Mepham, Christie, Moore, Hill, Billing, Dembele.
Millwall: Bialkowski, Cooper, Murray Wallace, Hutchinson, McNamara, Leonard, Saville, Mitchell, Bennett, Afobe, Burke.
Subs: Long, Kieftenbeld, Jed Wallace, Bradshaw, Pearce, Evans, Burey.

Derby: Allsop, Sibley, Davies, Cashin, Forsyth, Thompson, Bird, Ebiowei, Morrison, Knight, Lawrence.
Subs: Stearman, Roos, Watson, Ebosele, Aghatise, Plange, Cybulski.
Cardiff: Phillips, Drameh, Nelson, Flint, Denham, Bagan, Ng, King, Wintle, Harris, Hugill.
Subs: McGuinness, Collins, Watters, Colwill, Semenyo, Isaak Davies, Luthra.

Huddersfield: Blackman, Turton, Hogg, Sarr, Pipa, Eiting, Russell, Holmes, Toffolo, Sinani, Ward.
Subs: Anjorin, Rhodes, Koroma, Ruffels, Nicholls, Colwill, Lees.
Bristol City: Bentley, Cundy, Klose, Atkinson, Scott, James, Massengo, Dasilva, Weimann, Martin, Semenyo.
Subs: King, O’Leary, Tanner, Wells, Idehen, Bell, Conway.

Hull: Baxter, Jones, McLoughlin, Greaves, Longman, Smallwood, Slater, Elder, Honeyman, Lewis-Potter, Sayyadmanesh.
Subs: Coyle, Docherty, Eaves, Fleming, Huddlestone, Cartwright, Forss.
Nottm Forest: Samba, Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo, Panzo, Laryea, Cafu, Garner, Lolley, Zinckernagel, Mighten, Xande Silva.
Subs: Horvath, Spence, Mbe Soh, Surridge, Johnson, Ojeda, McKenna.

Luton: Ingram, Burke, Bradley, Naismith, Bree, Lansbury, Campbell, Bell, Clark, Cornick, Jerome.
Subs: Potts, Hylton, Snodgrass, Mendes Gomes, Lockyer, Isted, Muskwe.
Reading: Nyland, Thomas, Morrison, Holmes, Baba, McIntyre, Laurent, Hoilett, Ejaria, Meite, Lucas Joao.
Subs: Tetek, Dele-Bashiru, Southwood, Ehibhationham, Abbey, Abrefa, Scott.

Peterborough: Cornell, Knight, Edwards, Fuchs, Ward, Poku, Jack Taylor, Burrows, Szmodics, Clarke-Harris, Jade-Jones.
Subs: Kent, Grant, Marriott, Randall, Oluwabori, Lakin, Bodnar.
Blackpool: Maxwell, Connolly, Garbutt, Casey, Stewart, Dale, Keogh, Hamilton, Carey, Beesley, Yates.
Subs: Moore, Ekpiteta, Grimshaw, Apter, Daniels, Mariette.

Preston North End: Iversen, van den Berg, Diaby, Lindsay, Whiteman, Potts, Browne, McCann, Johnson, Jakobsen, Archer.
Subs: Cunningham, Evans, Ledson, Huntington, Maguire, Ripley, O’Neill.
Middlesbrough: Daniels, Anfernee Dijksteel, Fry, McNair, Jones, Crooks, Howson, McGree, Tavernier, Watmore, Sporar.
Subs: Lumley, Peltier, Bamba, Connolly, Bola, Coburn, Balogun.

Sheff Utd: Foderingham, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Osborn, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, Berge, Gibbs-White, Ndiaye.
Subs: Adam Davies, Baldock, Ben Davies, Hourihane, Norrington-Davies, Jebbison, Osula.
Fulham: Gazzaniga, Tete, Hector, Ream, Robinson, Seri, Chalobah, Kebano, Carvalho, Reid, Mitrovic.
Subs: Reed, Adarabioyo, Ivan Cavaleiro, Rodrigo Muniz, Onomah, Ramirez, Stansfield.

Stoke: Bursik, Sparrow, Jagielka, Harwood-Bellis, Allen, Powell, Baker, Tymon, Fox, Brown, Clucas.
Subs: Chester, Vrancic, Bonham, Sawyers, Wright-Phillips, Tezgel, Jayden Philogene-Bidace.
Coventry: Wilson, Kelly, McFadzean, Hyam, Clarke-Salter, Shipley, Allen, Maatsen, O’Hare, Eccles, Gyokeres.
Subs: Moore, Rose, Jones, Waghorn, Kane, Godden, Bidwell.

Swansea: Fisher, Christie, Latibeaudiere, Naughton, Manning, Grimes, Downes, Congreve, Piroe, Wolf, Obafemi.
Subs: Fulton, Smith, Ntcham, Paterson, Hamer, Abdulai, Cotterill.
QPR: Dieng, Sanderson, Ball, Barbet, Adomah, Amos, Field, Thomas, McCallum, Dykes, Chair.
Subs: Kakay, Dozzell, Gray, Walsh, Mahoney.

West Brom: Button, O’Shea, Ajayi, Clarke, Furlong, Phillips, Livermore, Molumby, Reach, Diangana, Ahearne-Grant.
Subs: Robinson, Kipre, Gardner-Hickman, Castro, Taylor, Ashworth, Palmer.
Barnsley: Walton, Moon, Sraha, Kitching, Hondermarck, Wolfe, Helliwell, Styles, Oduor, Woodrow, Marsh.
Subs: Christie-Davies, Adeboyejo, Arielly, Bremang, Cole, Flavell, Danny Benson.

Preamble

The automatic promotion places are already decided: Fulham and Bournemouth are up, up, up! The relegation slots are done and dusted, too: farewell, Barnsley, Peterborough United and Derby County. Two of the play-off positions are effectively signed off as well: Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town will end the season either in third or fourth, guaranteed to play the second leg of their play-off semi-finals at home.

But the fate of four clubs remains in the balance! Sheffield United and Luton Town are in the box seat for the final two play-off places, but Middlesbrough and Millwall can still pip them. Boro need to win and hope either Luton or Sheffield United lose, or that United lose and Luton draw. Millwall also have to win, and need either Luton to lose, Middlesbrough to draw, or Sheffield United to lose with a five-goal swing. Time to pore over the fixtures and table, in other words. So here goes. All the games kick off at 12.30pm. It’s on!

  • Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers
  • Bournemouth v Millwall
  • Derby County v Cardiff City
  • Huddersfield Town v Bristol City
  • Hull City v Nottingham Forest
  • Luton Town v Reading
  • Peterborough United v Blackpool
  • Preston North End v Middlesbrough
  • Sheffield United v Fulham
  • Stoke City v Coventry City
  • Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers
  • West Bromwich Albion v Barnsley

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2022/may/07/championship-finale-football-clockwatch-live

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