Friday 23 March 2018

League ups and downs

THEIR season might have started with a 7-1 home defeat which brought about the departure of previous manager Bryan Gunn, but Norwich City spent the weekend celebrating after clinching promotion back to the Championship on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Charlton.

The Canaries were relegated to League One by a 4-2 defeat at The Valley last May and their next visit there proved to be far happier once Michael Nelson had headed in a Simon Lappin corner in the 34th minute.

Paul Lambert's side need just a point to clinch the title and will hope to do that at home to Gillingham on Saturday.

The Gills are the only side in League One yet to win away this season but are a far more formidable at the Priestfield Stadium as second-placed Leeds found out on Saturday.

Looking to open up a four-point gap over Millwall in third, they found themselves 3-0 down after 33 minutes and despite a late fightback went down 3-2.

In League Two, Rochdale secured their first promotion in 41 years with a 1-0 win over Northampton at Spotland thanks to Chris O'Grady's 21st goal of the season. Notts County are also up after their 4-1 home win over Morecambe, Lee Hughes scoring twice for the Magpies.

Irish Independent

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