LEEDS UNITED suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at residence to Wigan to throw their promotion hopes into doubt as soon as once more.
Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect had been a purpose and a person in entrance after simply 17 minutes however a Gavin Massey double both aspect of half-time left Leeds outdoors of the automated promotion spots – and boosted the Latics’ probabilities of survival.
The guests went into the sport at Elland Highway with the worst away file within the Soccer League and Cedric Kipre’s 14th-minute pink card appeared set to proceed their depressing run on the street.
After the defender dealt with on the road, Pablo Hernandez hit the submit along with his penalty however Patrick Bamford put the hosts forward two minutes later.
Leeds had 77 per cent of the ball and an enormous 36 makes an attempt comapred to Wigan’s eight however couldn’t discover that essential equaliser, not to mention the winner.
And Leeds’ slip means Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United have jumped into second on purpose distinction with simply three video games of the season remaining.
Targets from Mark Duffy and Enda Stevens secured a 2-Zero residence win for the Blades in opposition to Nottingham Forest, who had Yohan Benalouane despatched off.
Birmingham rivals West Brom and Aston Villa took one other step to a play-off showdown however it’s Dean Smith’s aspect who can have the momentum ought to they meet.
Villa made it NINE wins in a row with a cushty 2-Zero victory at Bolton – a outcome which sealed the Trotters’ relegation destiny.
West Brom, got here from behind to scrape a Three-2 win over Hull that means they continue to be 4 factors away from Villa.
And it was a superb day for Middlesbrough, who’ve battled their method again into the play-offs.
Britt Assombalonga’s second-minute purpose was sufficient for Boro to beat Stoke 1-Zero and leapfrog Bristol Metropolis into sixth.
The Robins had been held at 1-1 residence by Studying with Josh Brownhill cancelling out Yakou Meite’s opener.
And eighth-placed Derby additionally needed to accept a degree, twice equalising within the first half at Birmingam however unable to discover a winner within the 2-2 draw.
Preston thumped already-relegated Ipswich Four-Zero with two targets apiece from Callum Robinson after which Lukas Nmecha.
On the fallacious finish of the desk, Rotherham misplaced a seven-goal thriller Four-Three at Swansea, whereas Millwall slipped to 21st with their 1-1 draw with Brentford – the Bees performed 55 minutes with ten males after Henrik Dalsgaard noticed pink.
In the one match with out significance within the race for promotion or combat for survival, Blackburn beat QPR 2-1.
Leaders Norwich can all-but safe their promotion again to the Premier League after they tackle Sheffield Wednesday tonight.