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EFL ENDS: We round-up all the final day drama across the three leagues

 

Here is your round-up of all the major ups and downs as the EFL ends for another season, with Sheffield Wednesday amongst three teams relegated from the Championship on the final day.

It’s been a year like no other as the EFL ends after a season in which fans have been almost completely absent, although it was hardly short of drama with promotion and relegation battles running until the very last game.

 

Relegation for Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham

 

In the Championship, three teams were demoted to League One on the final day. Sheffield Wednesday could only draw 3-3 with Derby County, who were in danger of the drop themselves. That meant the Owls finished bottom of the league with just 41 points, ending a 9 year stay in the Championship.

Rotherham United were also sent down but were minutes from pulling off the great escape. They took the lead away to Cardiff City after 8 minutes through Lewis Wing and just needed to see it out to stay up but conceded an equaliser in the 88th minute.

Wycombe Wanderers were the final team to go down, although survival always looked unlikely on the final day due to needing a huge swing in goal difference, the Chairboys went out in style with a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

However, reports on Monday suggest Wycombe could still stay up due to a FFP case against Derby County which could see a possible points deduction.

 

Instant Return

 

There was very little to be decided going in to the final day of the League One season, with Peterbrough and Hull City already confirmed as the two sides who had gained automatic promotion, with the Tigers making an instant return to the second tier.

The relegation battle had also been settled as Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Northampton Town and Rochdale dropped down to League Two.

Oxford United managed to steal Portsmouth's place in the play-offs courtesy of a comfortable home win against Burton Albion.

 

Bolton secure promotion

 

In League Two, there were still promotion places to play for. Bolton Wanderers put a tumultuous few years behind them by securing the third automatic spot with a comprehensive 4-1 victory away to Crawley Town.

Financial uncertainty and points deductions had seen back-to-back relegations for a club that just 15 years ago were hosting UEFA Cup matches so fans will hope that this will inspire a few more positive years ahead.

It has been quite a turnaround this season as the Trotters were sat 17th in February but 16 wins from 22 games secured 3rd spot and saw them promoted alongside Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town.

 

Always next season

 

As the EFL ends, those fans with teams who had nothing to play for except pride now have a chance to look forward to next season.

Teams like Bristol City, Cardiff City and Middlesbrough all had higher ambitions for 2020/21 and will no doubt be looking to strengthen for next year as clubs hope to see the return of supporters inside stadiums.

 

 


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