Derby put Burnley's party on ice

  • Last Updated: April 18 2014, 21:52 BST

A review of the Good Friday action in the Sky Bet Championship, including victories for Burnley and Derby.

  • Michael Kightly celebrates the winning goal for Burnley
  • Chris Martin scored for Derby at the Keepmoat Stadium 
  • Callum McManaman celebrates scoring for Wigan 

Derby ensured Burnley's promotion party was put on hold as they edged relegation-threatened Doncaster 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Anything but a Derby win would have sent the Clarets back to the Barclays Premier League, following their 1-0 win at Blackpool earlier on Good Friday, but goals from George Thorne and Chris Martin in each half prevented that.

Thorne's 25-yarder at the end of the first half was barely deserved, but Derby were stronger after the break before Martin diverted in his 19th league goal of the season 11 minutes from the end.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 90
2 Burnley 86
3 Derby 78
4 QPR 73
5 Wigan 70
6 Brighton 65
7 Reading 64
8 Ipswich 64
9 Bournemth 62
10 Blackburn 61
11 N Forest 59
12 Middlesbro' 58
13 Watford 57
14 Bolton 55
15 Sheff Wed 53
16 Leeds 50
17 Huddersfld 47
18 Birmingham 43
19 Doncaster 43
20 Charlton 42
21 Blackpool 42
22 Millwall 40
23 Barnsley 39
24 Yeovil 37

Victory means the Rams, who were already assured of a play-off place before kick-off, kept their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with an eight-point gap behind Burnley with three games to go.

Defeat for Doncaster was their fourth in a row, a worrying trough in form with just a three-point buffer ahead of the drop zone.

Burnley got their job done amid a chaotic atmosphere at Blackpool.

Michael Kightly's goal earned the win, which came as Blackpool's fans threw tennis balls onto the field in protest at the current state of their club.

Player-manager Barry Ferguson also had to deal with coach Bob Malcolm and substitute Steven Dobbie having an altercation on the sidelines, as his side slipped closer to the drop zone.

Wigan bounced back from their FA Cup semi-final disappointment with a routine 3-0 victory over Reading.

Uwe Rosler's men are hoping for a return trip to Wembley for the end-of-season play-off final next month. And it would take a brave man to bet against them on the basis of this one-sided clash against one of their play-off rivals.

Jordi Gomez grabbed the opening goal on the half-hour mark with a rasping strike from 30 yards that Alex McCarthy could not get anywhere near.

Martyn Waghorn made it 2-0 shortly before the interval on the volley, after Callum McManaman's shot had been parried by the Royals goalkeeper.

And the points were secure six minutes after the restart when Waghorn teed up McManaman, whose shot flew in off the underside of the crossbar.

Brighton left it late to edge back above the Royals as Bruno Saltor scored his first goal of the season to salvage a vital point in a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.

The Terriers, who are still not entirely certain of safety, grabbed a sixth minute lead through an Oliver Norwood free-kick and Norwood almost made it two early in the second half only to be denied by a brilliant Tomasz Kuszczak save.

But Brighton were rewarded for their fighting spirit when Saltor grabbed a rare goal with seven minutes remaining.

Chris Kirkland rolled back the years to inspire Sheffield Wednesday to a shock 4-2 win at Bournemouth and deal the Cherries' play-off hopes a major blow.

Former England goalkeeper Kirkland produced a string of stunning saves before 10-man Wednesday scored two breakaway goals in the last seven minutes to claim the Sky Bet Championship points.

Wednesday twice took the lead in a pulsating first half through goals from Atdhe Nuhiu and Sam Hutchinson, who was later sent off.

Bournemouth hit back thanks to efforts from Marc Pugh and the in-form Yann Kermorgant either side of the interval - only for sub Leon Best and Chris Maguire to strike late on.

Blackburn missed a glorious chance to stake a late play-off claim as they could only draw 0-0 against Yeovil.

Gary Bowyer's men started the day four points off the play-offs and rivals Reading, Brighton and Bournemouth all failed to win but they were frustrated by a dogged Yeovil side.

Jason Lowe struck a post early on and Jordan Rhodes forced a late save out of Marek Stech but it was a fruitless afternoon for the home side.

Charlton blew another chance to climb away from the relegation zone after a goalless draw against Bolton.

Having wasted one of their games in hand by losing to fellow strugglers Barnsley in midweek, the Addicks once again missed a host of opportunities to sink a Wanderers side with little to play for in mid-table.

They are now two points above the danger line but know a win for Millwall at Middlesbrough on Saturday will see their south London rivals climb above them.