Ecstacy For Middlesbrough, Disappointment For Accrington, Despair For Blackpool
In another riveting weekend of football action there was great joy on Teeside but utter dejection on the Fylde Coast. Let us go through the divisions and check out the winners and losers over a tumultuous weekend.
Starting with the Premier League and Leicester City had already wrapped up the title but they had it presented to them in front of their jubilant fans and they again put on a great exhibition of football, beating Everton 3-1. Spurs just need a point from their final game to finish 2nd whilst Man City may end up in 5th after only drawing 2-2 at home to Arsenal who remain in 3rd. Man United are now in pole position to grab 4th if they win their game in hand, although they made heavy weather of beating Norwich 1-0.
At the bottom end the big winners of the day were Sam Allardyce`s Sunderland who pulled off a superb 3-2 home victory against Chelsea, Jermaine Defoe hitting the winner, and so if they win at home to Everton on Wednesday they will send both their fierce rivals Newcastle and Norwich down. Newcastle shot themselves in the foot by only drawing 0-0 with bottom club Aston Villa.
In the Championship in the £200 million game as it was dubbed, Middlesbrough got over the line by gaining the point they needed against Brighton, leaving them to play Sheffield Wednesday in the play offs along with Hull playing Derby County. Bolton, Charlton and MK Dons of course had already slipped through the League 1 trap door at the other end of the table.
And onto League 1 and Burton Albion got the point they required at Doncaster to seal a fabulous promotion. Wigan were Champions leaving Walsall, Millwall, Bradford and Barnsley to fight it out in the play offs. At the other end of the table Blackpool were thrashed 5-1 at Peterborough to drop into League 2 just 5 years after playing in the Premier League. Doncaster, Colchester and Crewe also were relegated.
Accrington Stanley must now pick themselves up for the play offs after being pipped at the post by Oxford and Bristol Rovers in a thrilling finale to the season. Accrington had to win their last game at home to Stevenage to ensure promotion but they drew a blank at home for the first time this season, and with Oxford winning and Bristol Rovers scoring in the final minute to beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 it left Stanley 4th. They must now play AFC Wimbledon in the play offs. The other play off game is a massive game as it sees Plymouth play Portsmouth which are two games to really look forward to.