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  1. Sheff Wed beat Newcastle to deny them top spot
  2. Striker Gayle off injured in first half
  3. Sheff Utd promoted to the Championship
  4. Doncaster win promotion to League One
  5. Norwich thrash high-flying Reading 7-1
  6. Third-placed Huddersfield lose at Forest
  7. Wigan score 97th-min winner against Rotherham

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By Tom Garry and Phil Maiden

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FT: Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Sheffield Wednesday
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Well, that was a terrific 17:30 BST game game to conclude today's EFL coverage. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. There could be some good celebrations tonight in the city of Sheffield...

Earlier, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers clinched promotion to the Championship and League One respectively, on a dramatic afternoon.

Coventry and Chesterfield are both still alive in League One, for another week at least, after precious home wins, while Nottingham Forest and Bristol City fans will be very happy tonight too.

Thanks for your company today - have a great evening.

As it stands

The bottom six

Bottom six
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The big winners at the bottom today were Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, who both won at home to move further clear of the drop zone, while Burton also got a point at home to Aston Villa.

All that contributed to a bad day for Blackburn, who lost at home to Barnsley and are now four points adrift.

Wigan looked doomed as they trailed - twice - at home to already-relegated Rotherham, but they fought back to win and stay seven points adrift, still fighting.

In 18th, it was another bad day for Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham, who are six points above Blackburn and still not yet safe.

As it stands

The top six

Top six
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Newcastle stay second, 10 points above third-placed Huddersfield - who have a game in hand - and two points behind leaders Brighton.

Sheffield Wednesday are back up to sixth, two points above seventh-placed Fulham and seven points above eighth-placed Derby, with all three having won today.

FT: Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Shall we have a look at how that win for Sheffield Wednesday has affected the top six? Let's...

'A special group of players'

FT: Northampton 1-2 Sheff Utd

John Fleck
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John Fleck scored the winner as Sheffield United won 2-1 at Northampton and were promoted to the Championship.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder: "Just incredible, just life changing. I'm quite emotional about it really.

"I've just spoken to the players, who deserve to go down as a special group of players that have achieved a promotion.

"Playing in front of 24,000 fans, week-in week-out, everybody expects us to win and we have done that."

'We knew what we had to do'

FT: Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

We knew the earlier results but we were just concentrating on our game. We knew what we had to do and we got the result tonight.

Steven Fletcher Sheffield Wednesday striker on Sky Sports


Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

That's it! Sheffield Wednesday get the win. They're back in sixth spot.

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

What a tense finish! 50 seconds remain.

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey blasts the free-kick straight at the wall. Relief for the hosts.

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Free-kick to Newcastle just outside the area. Dangerous position.

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Jose Semedo wins the hosts a throw-in on the halfway line and the home crowd cheer it almost like a corner.

The Owls need to try and wind the clock down.

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Four minutes of added time have been indicated. Can the hosts hold on?

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Now, from a Newcastle corner, Aleksandar Mitrovic gets his head to the ball and forces Keiren Westwood into a save.

The visitors are right back in this! But time is running out...

Shelvey pulls one back

Sheff Wed 2-1 Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey
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For once, Keiren Westwood is beaten. He can only spill Aleksandar Mitrovic's effort straight to the on-rushing Jonjo Shelvey and the Newcastle midfielder finally gets a goal he has thoroughly deserved.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Brighton and Newcastle's recent form has roughly mirrored one-another's for a fair while.

But, with the Seagulls winning on Friday, this weekend looks set to see them change places for real.

Could this be a day when Newcastle look back and say they lost the title?

There's still a long way to go before things get to that stage, but this could prove decisive.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Newcastle win a corner straight down the other end. But Jordan Rhodes, of all people, does very well to get the ball clear.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Lovely football from the hosts, as Daniel Pudil does well and eventually Jordan Rhodes has the chance to flick goalwards but was clearly offside.

'Tammy Abraham really cares'

FT: Bristol City 3-1 Wolves

Tammy Abraham
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Tammy Abraham scored twice as Bristol City beat Wolves to move four points clear of the bottom three.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: "Tammy really cares. He actually apologises to me when he plays poorly, which says a lot about his maturity and character. 

 "I love him to bits and enjoy working with him. It has been a tough learning experience for him in the Championship this season against a lot of tough defenders.

"His finish for his second goal said everything about him. Most of his goals come from close range because his movement is so good."


Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

The visitors bring on Aleksandar Mitrovic for Matt Ritchie.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey burts into the Wednesday box and hits another powerful shot on target, but Keiren Westwood saves again.

Those two have been having a very entertaining second-half duel.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Adam Reach attempts a fizzing cross from the left but it is too high and won't trouble the Newcastle defence.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Newcastle haven't played particularly badly. They've just come up against a Sheffield Wednesday side who are playing with real intensity and have got a lot of men forward.


Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Christian Atsu comes on for Newcastle's Mo Diame.

And Wednesday take off Ross Wallace, bringing on Jose Semedo instead.

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

The Owls are on course for a massive win that would see them return to sixth spot, moving back above Fulham.

And the 28,883 inside Hillsborough are seeing a cracking game this evening. It's been very good to watch.


Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Ross Wallace is booked for sliding in late on Newcastle's Paul Dummett.

'We know what is coming - or is likely to come'

FT: Coventry 1-0 Peterborough

Coventry players celebrate
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Ruben Lameiras scored the only goal as Coventry beat Peterborough to stave off relegation for at least six more days.

Coventry boss Mark Robins: "For us it is about building on performances, we know what is coming or what is likely to come. 

"People are playing for their futures. They are giving me everything they have got.

"We still need more in front of goal to convert chances, but I’m seeing it a bit more now."

Brilliant Fletcher makes it two

Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

From a long throw-in from the left, Steven Fletcher flicks an outstanding header over Karl Darlow and into the far corner.

That's possibly the best header I've seen in the EFL this season. Such strength in the neck - he was a fair way out. Brilliant.

GOAL: Sheff Wed 2-0 Newcastle

Steven Fletcher

That is a brilliant header! 2-0!

Steven Fletcher
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Sheff Wed 1-0 Newcastle

Wednesday's Ross Wallace curls a dangerous, in-swinging free-kick from the right towards goal, but Karl Darlow bravely leaps out to punch the ball clear.

Sheff Wed 1-0 Newcastle

Yoan Gouffran snaps a shot wide for Newcastle from outside the area, after a decent dart forward from Jonjo Shelvey.

It's lively, this game, that's for sure.

Sheff Wed 1-0 Newcastle

From a Newcastle corner, Daryl Murphy gets his head to the ball but angles his effort too far wide across the face of goal, and it didn't have enough power on it.

Sheff Wed 1-0 Newcastle

The goal came after Newcastle had enjoyed their best spell of the game so far, by a long way.

The atmosphere around Hillsborough is really rocking now, as the setting sun glistens on the horizon.

Lees heads Owls in front

Sheff Wed 1-0 Newcastle

Tom Lees
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Straight after that substitution - and against the run of play - Wednesday get the opener through Tom Lees as he uses his strength in the air to climb above the Newcastle defence and power a header into the corner, from Ross Wallace's free-kick. That's a superb header.

GOAL: Sheff Wed 1-0 Newcastle

Tom Lees

And the host are ahead!

Tom Lees
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Sheff Wed 0-0 Newcastle

Gary Hooper goes off to warm applause around Hillsborough.

On comes Jordan Rhodes for the hosts.

Not a bad substitution, at Championship level...

Sheff Wed 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle's man of the match so far, Jonjo Shelvey, has another shot, this time from the right side, low, across goal, but Keiren Westwood makes another low save.

'A frustrating day for all of us'

FT: Blackburn 0-2 Barnsley

Josh Scowen (left)
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Two goals for Barnsley in the first 10 minutes leaves Blackburn four points adrift of Bristol City, their third defeat in a row.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray: "It's always been a big job and today's results obviously don't help at all. 

"It's a time to stick together, it's a time not to pick holes in each other. It's a time to find team spirit that will hopefully get us results." 

"My own view is the team is working extremely hard and days like today do come along in football. It's a frustrating day for all of us because we huffed and puffed but didn't ultimately get there."


Sheff Wed 0-0 Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey curls the free-kick brilliantly around the wall but Keiren Westwood pulls off a fine save to palm it wide.

Moments later, Ayoze Perez has a slightly tamer shot from a similar position saved by the Owls keeper as well.

Sheff Wed 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle win a free-kick in a dangerous position near the D as Jack Hunt fouls Yoan Gouffran.