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Summary

  1. Malky Mackay sacked as Wigan manager
  2. Blackpool relegated from Championship
  3. Wolves beat Leeds 4-3 with late winner
  4. Bournemouth come from 2-0 down to win 4-2
  5. Cherries go top, Norwich second, Watford third

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By Richard Winton, Mandeep Sanghera and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Today in the Football League...

So let's take a final waltz through today's headlines...

  • Malky Mackay has been sacked by Wigan after 138 days in charge following the 2-0 home defeat by Derby County
  • Blackpool's relegation has been confirmed after Rotherham beat Brighton
  • Bournemouth stay top of the Championship after coming from 2-0 down to beat Birmingham 4-2
  • Norwich go second and Wolves replace Brentford in the play-off places
  • Preston move within five points of Bristol City at the top of League One
  • Burton match Shrewsbury's win to stay a point clear in League Two

BLACKPOOL RELEGATED

Lee Clark
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Blackpool manager Lee Clark has spoken about the club's relegation to League One and says their demise 'hurts'.

The Seasiders boss tells the

club's website: "We've got to do better moving forward and give the fans something to smile about again. All that has gone wrong this season has to be used in a way that ensures that it never happens again."

MANAGER REACTION

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "We can sense something happening and we just need to focus on getting our game right. If we keep improving and show a hunger to play good football, the crowd will follow us.

"We feel that we've got a lot of goals in our team and it's tight between all of the sides. We're just pleased to be in and around it but we need to concentrate and finish the season off strongly."

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

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Kenny Jackett's side are now right in the promotion mix after a six-game unbeaten run and four consecutive victories over Sheffield Wednesday, Derby, Nottingham Forest and now Leeds.

They have not lost since 3 March, when they were bested at leaders Bournemouth, and remaining unbeaten at home for the thick end of two months.

Technical gremlins

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

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A few of you have mentioned that Leeds' third goal didn't appear in the commentary. Very strange, especially as it showed up in our own feed. Rest assured that the IT person responsible is currently clearing their desk and won't be back...

PLAYER REACTION

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

Wolves midfielder and goalscorer Dave Edwards: "I really think we're in with a shout of promotion. At 3-1, I was relishing coming on and hoping to get a goal but we gave away two really poor goals, which is unlike us. But the goals we've got in the team should put us in good stead."

Wolves forward and goalscorer Nouha Dicko: "We have five more games and we believe in ourselves and think we can do well. We showed some quality today going forward and we are really looking forward to these five games."

WIGAN SACK MALKY MACKAY

Maddy Raman: Decisive indecision from Wigan. Hire Mackay, back Mackay, sack Mackay.

FULL-TIME

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

Breathless stuff, that, but it is all over. The upshot is that Wolves move into the play-off places - sixth spot, to be exact - and are just five points off the automatic promotion places and six from the summit with five games remaining.

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

We're deep into stoppage time and Leeds are pressing. Can Wolves hold on?

(EX-) MANAGER REACTION

Wigan 0-2 Derby

Wigan boss Malky Mackay spoke to the media after the defeat, but before he was sacked: "I thought we were terrific in the first half. We got 17 crosses into the box, and when you have that domination, that should bring you a return of at least two goals.

"If that's the case, in the second half all you're talking about is game management, and seeing the game out. For all that good play, we go in 0-0 at half-time, and we know Derby will make a change because they have to.

"I thought we showed courage and we kept going, and we had four chances in their six-yard box. To not take one of them is criminal as far as we're concerned."

GOAL

Wolves 4-3 Leeds - Dave Edwards

That. Is. Some. Header.

Dave Edwards leaps like a salmon, cranes his neck and whips his head through the ball to crash Kevin McDonald's delightful delivery past a helpless Silvestri.

Wolves 3-3 Leeds

Wolves need a goal if they are to usurp Brentford in the play-off places and they've got five minutes plus stoppage time to find one..

GREAT SAVE!

Marco Silvestri bravely dives out at the feet of Benik Afobe to gather Bakary Sako's tempting low cross. Magnificently adhesive hands by the Italian.

BLACKPOOL RELEGATED

Adam Dawes: I don't have enough fingers to point the blame at the people responsible for Blackpool's season.

Evan: Not so long ago we were doing the double over Liverpool. Now we've suffered two quick relegations.

Tom Hana: Who's to blame? First off poor chairman who ruined club. Next reason, two words...Lee Clark!

SUBSTITUTION

Wolves 3-3 Leeds

Leeds' Billy Sharp checks his hair is sculped, clears his nostrils and gambols onto the pitch in place of Mirco Antenucci for the final eight minutes.

CLOSE!

Wolves 3-3 Leeds

Crucial intervention by Gaetano Berardi, hurling himself in front of Rajiv van La Parra's strike with the Wolves substitute seemingly poised to score.

SUBSTITUTION

Wolves make another alteration as they search for a winner, James Henry going off to be replaced by Rajiv van La Parra.

WIGAN SACK MALKY MACKAY

Mackay was a

controversial appointment by Wigan in November and, since then, the team have earned just 19 points from a possible 72. The Scot's tenure ends without him recording a home win.

WIGAN SACK MALKY MACKAY

MALKY MACKAY
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Wigan Athletic have sacked manager Malky Mackay after their 2-0 defeat by Derby County today, which leaves them 23rd in the Championship, eight points from safety.

Wigan chairman David Sharpe said: "This is a very difficult decision to make but I feel that for the long term future of the club, there needs to be a change now. I wish Malky all the best for the future."

GOAL

Wolves 3-3 Leeds - Alex Mowatt

Oooft, that's magnificent by Alex Mowatt. A slack Wolves are robbed of possession in their own half and the Leeds midfielder strides forward before arcing a splendid strike away from the grasp of Ikeme.

SUBSTITUTION

Change for Wolves as the scorer of their opening two goals, Nouha Dicko, is replaced by Dave Edwards.

GOAL

Wolves 3-2 Leeds - Danny Batth og

Oh, that's unpleasant. Alex Mowatt flights a hopeful ball into the Wolves penalty area and, as Carl Ikeme shapes his arms to gather, Danny Batth waves a leg at the ball and diverts it past his horrified goalkeeper. And this is a defence that has kept 17 clean sheets in 40 games.

MANAGER REACTION

Brentford 2-2 Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman: "It's a strange feeling because I thought we were the better side and created the better chances. So I am happy because we looked very comfortable but disappointed at how naive we were at the end.

"We should have been more professional in seeing the game out but our mentality wasn't right and that is something at the club which I will be changing in the summer."

Wolves 3-1 Leeds

One Leeds player has just picked out Billy Sharp with a fine pass. Sharp is a substitute and is warming up on the touchline. Safe to say the visitors have been poor in the second half.

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MANAGER REACTION

Brentford 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded but pleased with the character we showed to dig ourselves out of a hole. The fact that we never give up is testament to our attitude and fitness.

"With that kind of character, and when we do what we do well, we are a match for anyone. The players know the best people in all walks of life are the ones that thrive under pressure and today we showed that's what we do."

YELLOW CARD

Wolves 3-1 Leeds

Sol Bamba loves a tackle, doesn't he? The Leeds centre-back has just cemented Nouha Dicko to earn a booking. A less lenient referee might have considered waving a different colour card.

MANAGER REACTION

Rotherham 1-0 Brighton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "I can't say we deserved to get anything out of the game because of our first-half performance.

"We need to start better in games and we have got to be more productive in that final third otherwise we will put pressure on ourselves. Our work in that final third has got to be more productive."

CLOSE!

Wolves 3-1 Leeds

Benik Afobe should score his second but scuffs a very presentable chance narrowly wide after Nouha Dicko barrels down the right and picks him out with an adroit cutback.

MANAGER REACTION

Cardiff City 0-3 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton manager Neil Lennon on strike duo Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey: "You never lose the ability even if the legs start to go. But if you have got legs around them then it's OK.

"It's a great example to a lot of players in the Championship. There were a few eyebrows raised and a few sniggers behind our backs when we brought these two in, but people aren't laughing now."

GOAL

Wolves 3-1 Leeds - Benik Afobe

It might have been scruffy, but that doesn't matter as Benik Afobe prods his 29th goal of the season past Marco Silvestri after Leeds fail to clear. That's the former Arsenal striker's fifth in seven games.

Wolves 2-1 Leeds

We're back under way at Molineux...

MANAGER REACTION

Watford 2-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "It's frustrating because we played against a team which, without a lot of chances, scored two goals and that's the difference when you have three strikers who have scored more than 50 goals in a season.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game but after this game I told the players we are having a miracle. To play against teams like Watford, Bournemouth, who have been working with the same manager for four or five years, against Norwich players who were Premier League last season, we are doing amazing."

MANAGER REACTION

Watford 2-0 Middlesbrough

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Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic: "It's a good result for us. We stopped Middlesbrough and we found the space to start to play the football we strive for. We attacked very well and we defended very well and in my opinion we made one completely good game.

"We played tactically very good football. We interpreted our situation very well, when to defend all together and when to choose the moment to attack, and how we're going to attack. I must be happy because my players understand what we expect."

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Wolves 2-1 Leeds

Andrew in Richhill: Don't count Wolves out of the automatic promotion picture just yet, but a win this evening is an absolute must if it's to happen.

James Rossiter: Good game this for the neutral, expect a few goals with Wolves to win 3-2.

Manager reaction

Bournemouth 4-2 Birmingham

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "At 2-0 after 35 minutes it was some of the best attacking play we've had since I've been here. We caused one of the best attacking sides in the league plenty of problems. But we've got to be stronger mentally and see the half out, rather than coming in at 2-2."

BLACKPOOL RELEGATED

Degan Howard: I can't begin to tell the world what has gone wrong in 140 characters at Blackpool FC.

Andy Mc: What's gone wrong at Blackpool? Simple, Karl Oyston.

Finn: What's happened to us at Blackpool is purely down to an awful owner with no respect for the club.

HALF-TIME

Wolves 2-1 Leeds

Well, Wolves head inside for an orange segment in the lead but only after a fractious first half. Nouha Dicko's brace has Kenny Jackett's side on course for a victory that would move them into the play-off places.

GOAL

Wolves 2-1 Leeds - Nouha Dicko

Wolves go ahead thanks to Nouha Dicko's second of the game and 12th of the campaign. The forward timed his run beautifully to elude the Leeds back four and, while most players would have taken the ball on into the box, Dicko screamed an early shot low past the bewildered Marco Silvestri.

CLOSE!

Wolves 1-1 Leeds

That's more like it by Wolves. A lovely interchange between Benik Afobe and Kevin McDonald at the edge of the area gives Bakary Sako a sight of goal, but the hulking Sol Bamba hurls himself at the shot and the ball loops over the crossbar.