Wigan secure play-off place

  • Last Updated: April 29 2014, 23:50 BST

A review of Tuesday night's action in the Sky Bet Championship as Wigan booked their place in the play-offs.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler salutes Gary Caldwell
Wigan boss Uwe Rosler salutes Gary Caldwell

Callum McManaman's quick-fire strike booked Wigan their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs by securing a 1-0 win that has left Birmingham City on the brink of relegation.

McManaman struck with his fourth goal of the season - and his second in the last four games - after he caught Birmingham napping in only the third minute at St Andrew's.

It was just the start that Wigan were seeking as they had been limping towards the play-offs after losing their previous two matches against Burnley and Blackpool.

Position Player Score
1 Leicester 99
2 Burnley 92
3 Derby 84
4 QPR 77
5 Wigan 73
6 Reading 70
7 Brighton 69
8 Blackburn 67
9 Bournemth 66
10 Ipswich 65
11 N Forest 65
12 Middlesbro' 61
13 Watford 60
14 Bolton 58
15 Leeds 56
16 Sheff Wed 53
17 Huddersfld 50
18 Charlton 48
19 Blackpool 46
20 Millwall 45
21 Doncaster 44
22 Birmingham 43
23 Barnsley 39
24 Yeovil 37

But for Birmingham, only three years after winning the league cup when they beat Arsenal at Wembley, they are now staring into the relegation abyss following an 18th successive Championship home game without a win stretching back to October.

Their fate is now out of their own hands as even a win at Bolton in the final game of the season Saturday might not be enough to save them if other results go against them.

In the night's only other game, Callum Harriott's first league goals of the season secured Charlton's survival with a game to spare as they sank Watford 3-1.

The rookie winger opened the scoring in the first half and then put the seal on a dramatic win with a superb late strike.

There were plenty of nerves around The Valley when Troy Deeney equalised for Watford in the second half, but Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson fired them back into the lead before Harriott's clincher killed off the Hornets.

Watford, whose season has fizzled out after three straight defeats, finished the match with 10 men after Albert Riera flattened Lawrie Wilson for the second time to earn a second yellow card.

Victory meant the Addicks will be spared the agony of a potential relegation decider against fellow strugglers Blackpool on Saturday.

It also went some way to vindicating the decision of controversial owner Roland Duchatalet to axe popular manager Chris Powell and replace him with little-known Jose Riga in March.

Riga, a former IT worker, has not exactly rebooted the side Powell left behind, instead using much the same players and system as the ex-Valley defender.

But the Belgian has managed to coax six wins from his 14 matches in charge to lift them off the foot of the table and away from trouble.


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