BARNSLEY kept the League One promotion race alive with a thumping 3-0 win at abject Plymouth after Portsmouth had kept the pressure on earlier in the day with a narrow 2-1 victory over Coventry.
A late Brett Pitman goal saw Pompey complete the comeback at Fratton Park after Tom Naylor’s strike had cancelled out Jordy Hiwula’s impressive early opener for the Sky Blues.
But Barnsley‘s win, with first-half goals from Cauley Woodrow, Jacob Brown and Alex Mowatt, meant the Tykes leap-frogged Portsmouth into second maintaining their two-point lead over Kenny Jackett’s men albeit having played a game extra.
Late drama at London Road saw Sunderland throw away the chance to go third as Matt Godden’s 91st minute winner broke Sunderland hearts after Max Power’s 87th minute strike had seemingly clinched a late win.
Southend were the other winners of the day as a thrilling 3-2 home win over Burton saw them soar out of the League One relegation zone leapfrogging three teams in the process.
In a thrilling afternoon at Roots Hall Southend recorded their first win since a 4-0 romp at Bradford in January.
The Seasiders’ Sam Mantom was the first-half’s only scorer before the teams traded goals during a nervy second-half with Harry Bunn and ex-Bradford man Timothee Dieng notching for the home side while John Brayford and Marcus Harness struck for the visitors.
Wimbledon and Scunthorpe were the victims of the Shrimpers’ success as the latter slid into the drop-zone after a 4-0 home drubbing at the hands of promotion-chasing Charlton.
Walsall’s 1-0 defeat at Wycombe makes their chances of safety look slim as they are now four points of safety with just two games remaining.
And elsewhere, already relegated Bradford were booed onto the pitch by their fans before playing out a 1-1 home draw against 13th place Gillingham in a match that couldn’t really have meant much less.
The remaining two games were also meaningless though both mid-table affairs saw red cards awarded.
Shrewsbury threw away a lead to lose 3-2 at home ten-man Oxford who have Gavin Whyte’s hat-trick to thank for saving the day after Ahmed Kashi was sent-off after 36 minutes.
Bloomfield Road also saw its share of drama as Nathan Delfouneso’s 94th minute winner saw Blackpool climb to ninth after Nathan Sheron had been sent off for the visitors and Jay Spearing and Ched Evans had traded goals towards the end of the first-half.
Things are finely poised ahead of tomorrow’s games which could have huge ramifications at both ends of the league.
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Wally Downes’ Wimbledon travel to Luton while play-off chasing Doncaster host relegation-threatened Accrington Stanley.
Both games kick-off at 7:45pm.
Luton can confirm promotion with a win while Wimbledon would take a step closer to a historic relegation escape if they could spoil the party.