BOTTOM THREE CONFIRMED AS DUO DEPART

Portsmouth and Coventry City were both relegated from the npower Championship after losing their penultimate games of the season.

Pompey had home advantage against Derby County but went down 2-1. Jake Buxton put the Rams in front before Luke Varney levelled only for Steve Davies to restore the lead from the penalty spot.

Coventry, meanwhile, suffered a humbling 2-0 reverse to already-relegated Doncaster Rovers. A 0-0 draw appeared to be on the cards until the last 10 minutes, with James Hayter converting an 81st minute penalty following Richard Keogh's red card and Simon Gillett netting just before the close.

EXTENDING THEIR SEASON

Blackpool confirmed their place in the Play-Offs with a decisive 4-0 win over Burnley. Stephen Dobbie, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey and Nouha Dicko were the scorers.

Ashley Barnes' 84th minute leveller for Brighton & Hove Albion prevented Birmingham City joining the Seasiders in the Play-Offs - at least mathematically - but their goal difference of 25 means they can already make plans for the promotion scrap. Substitute Nathan Redmond had earlier put Blues in front.

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Cardiff City dropped to sixth after a 1-1 home draw against Leeds United in the early kick-off. Joe Mason's opener was cancelled out by Lucciano Becchio in the 73rd minute.

Hull City moved into seventh with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest but cannot catch the top six. A Chris Gunter own-goal and Matty Fryatt's penalty were enough to see off Forest, whose consolation came via Radoslaw Majewski in injury-time.

Bristol City defeated Barnsley 2-0, Cole Skuse and Jon Stead (penalty) on target.

An Andy Keogh brace and a Liam Trotter goal scored Millwall a 3-0 victory at Ipswich Town, while Peterborough United drew 2-2 with visiting Watford. Lee Tomlin gave Posh the lead with a 14th minute spot-kick only for Troy Deeney (26) and Sean Murray (48) to turn the tables. Paul Taylor rescued the point in the 54th minute.

Already-promoted Reading drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace. The Royals had Jason Roberts sent off on the stroke of half-time with the score at 1-1 after Wilfried Zaha's 14th-minute strike and Kaspars Gorkss' swift equaliser. Reading went ahead through Adam Le Fondre but were pegged back by Glenn Murray 16 minutes from time.

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