Date: 2nd May 2016 at 11:38am
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Wigan sealed an instant return to the Championship next season as they thrashed relegation-threatened Blackpool 4-0 at Bloomfield Road, with all four strikes coming in the second half courtesy of Chris McCann, Will Grigg and a brace from Yanic Wildschut.

Burton are on the brink of promotion after a stoppage-time winner saw them beat play-off hopefuls Gillingham 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium. Lucas Akins put the hosts ahead with his fourth goal in two games, but Cody McDonald levelled the score. Tom Naylor won the game though for the Brewers with a dramatic late header from Mark Duffy’s corner. The Gills drop to eighth and have picked up just three points from the last 21 available.

Walsall took the race for automatic promotion, and the fight for survival, to the last day as they beat relegation-threatened Fleetwood Town 3-1 at the Besot Stadium. Early goals from Tom Bradshaw and Paul Downing put the hosts in control, Romaine Sawyers added a third before Devante Cole netted a late consolation for the Cod Army. Walsall are three points behind second-placed Burton, while Graham Alexander’s side need a point in their final game to secure League One football next term.

Doncaster’s relegation to League Two was all but confirmed after they lost 3-1 at already-relegated Crewe. Tommy Rowe had out Donny in the lead with just under 30 minutes played. However, goals from Callum Ainley, Marcus Haber and Brad Inman saw the Railwaymen take the spoils, with Darren Ferguson’s sitting three points behind 20th-placed Fleetwood, with a goal difference of 10 to make up.

Millwall sealed their place in the play-offs after a comfortable 3-0 win over Oldham, climbing up to third. Byron Webster scored either side of Shane Ferguson’s effort as the hosts won for the third consecutive match.

04 January 2014 FA Cup 3rd Round - Southend United v Millwall FC -Neil Harris, temporary Millwall FC manager.Photo: Mark Leech

Neil Harris’ Millwall will compete in this season’s League One play-offs. Photo: Mark Leech/Offside

Shrewsbury are now safe from relegation despite losing one of the Football League’s best matches of the season, as they went down 4-3 at home to Peterborough. Posh raced into a 3-0 lead after strikes from Jon Taylor and a brace from Lee Angol. Yet the hosts remarkably made it 3-3 thanks to Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro, Andy Mangan and Jack Grimmer, who all struck inside the final 15 minutes, only for Taylor to net his second and the match-winner in the 94th minute.

Barnsley missed the chance to all but confirm their place in the play-offs as they drew 2-2 at home to already-relegated Colchester. George Moncur gave the visitors a half time lead, but on-loan Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher scored a brace to make it 2-1, only for Tom Lapslie to equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage-time.

Scunthorpe are now level on points with sixth-placed Barnsley after a 1-0 win over Port Vale kept their play-off dreams alive. Paddy Madden struck for the 22nd time this season when he headed in Stephen Dawson’s cross, as the Irons won for the fifth time in a row.

Chesterfield will definitely be playing League One football next campaign as they beat Bury 3-0 to confirm their safety. A Jay O’Shea penalty, followed up by a 25-yard strike from Lee Novak and Dan Gardner’s crucial finish sealed the three points.

Bradford secured their place in the play-offs with a 1-0 win at Southend. Lee Evans’s curling effort from 20-yards in the 12th minute was enough for the Bantams to extend their fixture list beyond 46 league games.

Sheffield United’s narrow chances of a play-off place were dashed as they lost 3-1 at Coventry. The Sky Blues were 2-0 up inside the opening eight minutes as Marc-Antoine Fortune and Andy Rose both his the back of the net. Billy Sharp’s penalty gave the Blades hope, but Ruben Lameiras slotted home with three minutes remaining.

And, finally, Rochdale drew 2-2 at home to Swindon. The Robins were 2-0 up as Jonathan Obika and Louis Thompson both found the net, but a 25-yard rocket from Jamie Allen and a header from Matty Lund meant it was a point apiece.

Player of the Weekend: Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley)
Team of the Weekend: Wigan Athletic
Goal of the Weekend: Lee Novak (CHESTERFIELD vs Bury)

 
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