Championship: Huddersfield’s remarkable season continues with a win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Naby Sarr and Jordan Rhodes got the goals for Carlos Corberon’s side, who were well worth their win. They’re third in the table, a point behind Bournemouth, who have played three games fewer. Middlesbrough are eighth in the table.
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We did remember to pick through the bones of the weekend’s Premier League, FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup and Scottish Cup action, while wondering if Newcastle striker Chris Wood is still Burnley’s designated penalty-taker.
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Championship: Josh Koroma has just missed a glorious opportunity to extend Huddersfield’s lead against Middlesbrough, seeing his weak shot blocked in the six-yard box. It remains 2-0 at the Riverside with 18 minutes left.
Championship: Huddersfield Town have just doubled their lead at the Riverside, having caught Middlesbrough with a lightning fast counter-attack that was finished off with a left-footed strike from Jordan Rhodes. Middlesbrough had been looking dangerous in this second half goal that goal could knock the stuffing out of them.
Championship: Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town got the afternoon’s action under way at the Riverside, where it’s half-time and the visitors have just gone ahead courtesy of a Naby Sarr header from a free-kick. Earlier in the game there was a major talking point.
Under pressure from a marker, Middlesbrough defender Sol Bamba hoisted a backpass up in the air towards his goalkeeper Luke Daniels, who was forced to leap and catch the ball to prevent it from sailing over his head and into the goal.
Huddersfield’s players felt that Daniels should have been sent off for preventing as clear a “goalscoring opportunity” as you’ll ever see, but he was only booked and Huddersfield had to settle for an indirect free-kick in the penalty area.
Subsequent investigations have revealed the referee’s decision to have been correct, if massively unfair on Huddersfield. He was a technical foul and he seems a goalkeeper cannot be sent off for handling the ball inside his own penalty area. But there is no doubt that if Daniels had not illegally caught Bamba’s back-pass, the ball would have ended up in the goal and Huddersfield would have been one up.
Forest Green will be promoted if they beat Oldham Athletic, Mansfield lose against Carlisle, and Northampton and Bristol Rovers drop points. In second place, Exeter City can’t be promoted today but can confirm a place in the play-offs at least.
Towards the bottom of the table, Scunthorpe are already relegated and while former Premier League side Oldham are in the gravest danger of joining them, their relegation can’t be rubberstamped today.
Today’s League Two fixtures
- Carlisle United v Mansfield Town
- Colchester United v Bradford City
- Crawley Town v Walsall
- Forest Green v Oldham Athletic
- Northampton Town v Harrogate
- Port Vale v Bristol Rovers
- Rochdale v Hartlepool United
- Salford City v Barrow
- Scunthorpe United v Stevenage
- Sutton United v Newport County
- Swindon Town v Leyton East
- Tranmere Rovers v Exeter City
- View the League Two table
Wigan Athletic lead League One but defeat at the hands of Cambridge United on Friday mean their promotion was put on ice. If they beat Ipswich today and MK Dons lose against Oxford United, then the Latics will go up.
Rock bottom of League One, Crewe Alexandra are already down. Doncaster Rovers will join them in League Two next season if they lose at Shrewsbury. A draw might not be enough to keep their survival hopes alive, depending on the outcome of Gillingham’s game against Fleetwood.
League One fixtures
- AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
- Bolton Wanderers v Accrington Stanley
- Gillingham v Fleetwood Town
- Lincoln City v Cheltenham Town
- Morecambe v Portsmouth
- Plymouth Argyle v Sunderland
- Shrewsbury Town v Doncaster Rovers
- View the League One table
Fulham lead the way at the top of the Championship, with a nine-point cushion between themselves and second-placed Bournemouth. They will be promoted without playing today if Nottingham Forest lose against West Brom tonight.
Huddersfield, Luton Town, Forest and Sheffield United occupy the remaining top-six spots, but behind them Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry, Millwall will all fancy their chances of making the play-offs.
Nearer the bottom of the table, Barnsley entertain Peterborough this afternoon and either or both sides could find themselves relegated by the time the final whistle is blown at Oakwell. Above them, Derby County need a win against QPR to keep their faint hopes of surviving alive and will hope Swansea can beat Reading, the only other side in any danger of going down.
Today’s Championship fixtures
- Middlebrough v Huddersfield (12.30pm)
- Barnsley v Peterborough
- Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City
- Blackpool v Birmingham City
- Cardiff City v Luton Town
- Coventry City Bournemouth
- Millwall v Hull City
- QPR v Derby County
- Reading v Swansea City
- Bristol City v Sheffield United (5.30pm)
- Nottingham Forest v West Brom (8pm)
- View the Championship table
We’ve a big day of English Football League action ahead of us that could end in promotion or relegation for several teams across the divisions.
Still in the hunt for automatic promotion from the Championship, Huddersfield Town travel to Middlesbrough for this afternoon’s early kick-off. Their hosts, managed by Chris Wilder, currently sit one place and two points outside the play-off spots.
We’ll bring you news of all the goals as they go in across the Championship and beyond, as well as any other talking points that arise as the afternoon unfolds.