Leeds United beaten at home by ten-man Wigan

Leeds blew a golden chance to stay in the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion spots with a 2-1 defeat at home to a Wigan side who were reduced to ten men after 14 minutes with the dismissal of Cedric Kipre.

Patrick Bamford put Marcelo Bielsa's boys in front shortly afterwards and it should have been a formality for Leeds. Gavin Massey equalised, however, and then scored a second to ease Wigan's relegation fears.

Leeds are down to third, behind leaders Norwich and second-placed Sheffield United with three matches remaining.

United beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 and their goal difference is six better than Leeds's. The Blades are away to Hull, home to Ipswich and finish at Stoke with Leeds at Brentford, home to Aston Villa and at Ipswich on the final day.

Middlesbrough moved into the final playoff spot thanks to a 1-0 win over Stoke as Bristol City and Derby dropped costly points in draws against Reading and Birmingham respectively. 

Bolton were relegated following a 2-0 defeat to red-hot Aston Villa.

The cash-strapped Trotters had been only 11-8 to go down at the start of the season, while Bradford, 7-1 for relegation ante-post, were demoted from League One.

Match in Focus

15:00 Sa 25May SKY

Newport Co v Tranmere

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Newport are unbeaten in 12 matches.
Expert verdict
Michael Flynn’s Newport headed into the playoffs as the fourth tier’s form side, securing seventh spot by finishing the season ten games unbeaten. Tranmere will know all too well about County’s disciplined defensive, having failed to score in both league meetings with them and, even with James Norwood leading the line, they look vulnerable.

 

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