Five talking points from the weekend – 10/04/17

Five talking points from the weekend – 10/04/17

Five talking points from the weekend

Sheffield United finally earn promotion

After spending pretty much all of this season at the top of League One, the Blades finally confirmed automatic promotion to the Championship. They travelled to Sixfields Stadium to face Northampton Town, the club who they got their manager Chris Wilder from last season. Three points were needed in order to confirm promotion and second half goals from Leon Clarke and John Fleck saw them come from one down to win 2-1. They will now want to go on and win the title though, with Bolton in second place nine points behind you’d imagine the Blades won’t have an issue being crowned Champions. After a nightmare six seasons in the third tier, they will finally be plying their trade in the Championship as of next term.

Skipper Sharp celebrates with the fans at Sixfields

Doncaster Rovers are promoted at the first time of asking

It’s been a chaotic few years at the Keepmoat Stadium. In their last six seasons, Doncaster Rovers have been either promoted or relegated in the last five of them. Three of them have been relegations, with two of them ended in promotion. After being relegated into League Two last season, they were desperate to make an immediate return. So on Saturday afternoon they did just that when they beat Steve Evans’ Mansfield Town 1-0 at the Keepmoat. They currently sit top of the table, six points above Plymouth Argyle in second place. So you’d expect Donny to go on and win the title, unless they mess up majorly. Gaffer Darren Ferguson’s achievements have been recognised by being awarded the EFL manager of the season.

Brighton leapfrog Newcastle United

It’s a two horse race in the Championship for the title, with Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United and Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion battling it out for top spot. They’ve bridged a gap of ten points between themselves and Huddersfield Town in third place. So you’d imagine both will be going up automatically, it’s just down to who gets crowned champions. The Geordies have been sat in top spot the longer out of the two, but this weekend saw the Seagulls leapfrog them. Brighton who played on Friday evening went top by two points with a 2-1 win at QPR, while Newcastle didn’t play until Saturday evening. But Rafa’s boys were beaten 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday meaning they now sit in second place with just five games to go.

Sebastien Pocognoli doubled their advantage with a superb free-kick

Norwich thrash Reading 7 (SEVEN) – 1.

The shock of the weekend undoubtedly comes from East Anglia where the Canaries hit the promotion hopeful Royals for Seven. Norwich have had a disappointing seasons overall, as they were tipped heavily for an immediate return to the Premier League. But their home form has been one of the positives, unbeaten in their last eight before Saturday they went in as favourites against the fourth placed Reading. But nobody expected the events which were about to unfold. The hosts were 6-1 up by half-time. The second period was less chaotic which only involved one goal in the dying moments. Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard both earned themselves a brace. It will be interesting to see how much that dents Reading’s confidence in the final run in.

A frankly embarrassing display from the Royals

Nolan’s Notts County march on

When Notts County appointed Kevin Nolan back in January, they were sat just one place and one point above the relegation zone in 22nd. Cheltenham Town who were just below them also had a game in hand and the Magpies looked to be in deep trouble. They’d lost ten League Two fixtures on the bounce and were winless in eleven. However fast forward to today, the ex-midfielder looks like a miracle worker. Notts County currently find themselves sat in 15th place in the table, with a comfortable 13 point gap between them and the drop. They’ve now lost just twice in their last twelve league matches, with one of those defeats coming to the already promoted Doncaster Rovers. For just his second managerial job, he is working absolute wonders and it will be interesting to see how successful they will be next season given a full sunder.

Nolan is working wonders at Meadow Lane

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