It was a crucial Easter Monday in the Football League with plenty of Chelsea loanees playing their part, and there was also a goalscorer in Serie A…
There was late drama at Pride Park yesterday as two stoppage-time goals moved Derby into the final Championship play-off position.
The Rams, with Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount in their side, had looked like they would be frustrated by struggling QPR. Mount went close to opening the scoring but hit a post midway through the second half. Then a controversial penalty awarded in the 93rd minute allowed Harry Wilson to net, and he had time to make it 2-0, sending Frank Lampard’s side above Middlesbrough on goal difference, and a point ahead of Bristol City.
That was because the Robins, featuring Tomas Kalas, Jay Dasilva and sub Kasey Palmer, lost 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday. Dasilva hit the inside of the post with a cross and also shot wide, but the Owls, who netted twice before the break and had Michael Hector at centre-back, were worthy winners.
Bristol City host Derby on Saturday.
At the top of the Championship, it was a good day for Sheffield United who beat a Hull side with Todd Kane at right-back 3-0. Leeds, without Izzy Brown, lost 2-0 at Brentford.
Wigan guaranteed their Championship status with an impressive 2-0 success at home to Preston, which followed on from their unlikely triumph at Elland Road on Good Friday. Reece James (pictured top against Leeds) completed the full game in midfield.
Reading are now all-but-safe after a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion. Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker contributed to that clean sheet against the division’s second-highest scorers. The Royals are six points clear of the drop with two games remaining and a far superior goal difference to Rotherham, who currently occupy the 22nd spot.
Elsewhere in England’s second tier, Trevoh Chalobah played 79 minutes as already-relegated Ipswich Town lost 1-0 at home to Swansea City.
Tammy Abraham was missing from Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory over Millwall as a result of the shoulder injury he sustained at Bolton on Friday. The striker is expected to be fit for the play-offs, which Villa are now certain to be in after their 10th straight win.
In League One, Coventry and Dujon Sterling look like they will miss out on the play-offs after they surrendered a one-goal advantage at Fratton Park to lose 2-1 to Portsmouth. The Sky Blues are five points outside the top six, and the two teams above them, Doncaster and Peterborough, have a game in hand.
Things remain incredibly tight at the bottom of League Two. Yeovil, with Nathan Baxter in goal, drew 1-1 with 10-man Colchester despite taking the lead. With Notts County and Macclesfield also drawing, the Glovers remain two points from safety with two games left. They travel to Northampton on Saturday and finish with a home fixture against Carlisle a week later.
Over in Italy, Mario Pasalic scored the winner as Atalanta came from behind to beat Napoli. They are fifth in Serie A, only behind AC Milan on head-to-head record. Five matches remain.