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Burnley still on the brink as Derby win

DERBY County denied Burnley the chance to win promotion to the Premier League after a 2-0 win away to Doncaster Rovers last night.

Earlier, Burnley had claimed a 1-0 win away to Blackpool and required a draw or less from Derby to seal their promotion.

However, goals from George Thorne and Chris Martin ensured the Rams closed the points gap to eight with three games remaining.

Uwe Rosler's Wigan shrugged off last week's FA Cup semi-final disappointment and moved closer to confirming their place in the Championship play-offs with a 3-0 win over Reading.

Jordi Gomez – whose spot-kick had given the Latics a shock lead against Arsenal at Wembley last week – lashed home a superb opener on the half-hour as his side cruised to victory over Neil Adkins' out-of-sorts Royals.

Martyn Waghorn added a second for the home side before half-time and Callum McManaman's strike six minutes after the break effectively sealed a win which strengthened Wigan's play-off claims and sent their opponents tumbling out of the top six.

Brighton left it late to edge back above the Royals as Bruno Saltor scored his first goal of the season to salvage a vital point in a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.

SAFETY

The Terriers, who are still not entirely certain of safety, grabbed a sixth minute lead through an Oliver Norwood free-kick and Norwood almost made it two early in the second half only to be denied by a brilliant Tomasz Kuszczak save.

But Brighton were rewarded for their fighting spirit when Saltor grabbed a rare goal with seven minutes remaining.

Bournemouth's hopes of moving further into play-off contention suffered a shattering blow as they crashed 4-2 at home to 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.

Atdhe Nuhiu put Wednesday in front on 16 minutes.

Yann Kermorgant headed home an Iain Harte corner on 57 minutes to make it 2-2 and the game seemed to swing in the Cherries' favour when Hutchinson was sent off on 63 minutes for a second bookable offence.

But as the home side poured forward in search of a winner they were twice caught on the break, first Leon Best slamming home the rebound after Mihail Antonio's 86th minute strike had hit the bar, then Best blazing back over the halfway line to set up Chris Maguire to make it 4-2 in injury time.


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