Football League round-up: Blackburn bounce back to the Championship

• Charlie Mulgrew’s header seals Rovers’ return at Doncaster
• Chesterfield drop into non-league football without playing

Charlie Mulgrew scored a late winner as Blackburn returned to the Championship with a 1-0 victory at Doncaster. Rovers have bounced straight back under Tony Mowbray, who failed to prevent their relegation last May on goal difference.

They have lost only once in League One since mid-October, with unbeaten runs of 18 and 14 matches sandwiching a defeat at Plymouth at the start of February.

With Shrewsbury coming from behind to beat Peterborough 3-1, Rovers had looked as if they would have to wait to secure a top-two spot but Mulgrew made their second-half pressure pay off when he headed home Bradley Dack’s corner kick with 10 minutes remaining. Adam Armstrong’s header had earlier hit the woodwork for Rovers, who will join the leaders, Wigan, in the Championship next season.

Dack’s 18 goals from midfield led to his crowning as the EFL’s League One player of the season, while the 14-goal striker Danny Graham and the defenders Amari’i Bell and Mulgrew joined him in the PFA’s team of the season for League One.

Third-placed Shrewsbury had threatened to keep up the pressure on Blackburn, despite falling behind to a 14th-minute strike from Peterborough’s Gwion Edwards at New Meadow. Omar Beckles equalised just before the hour and Stefan Payne put them on course for victory 17 minutes from time. Lenell John-Lewis added a third in injury time but Shrewsbury now have to settle for a place in the play-offs.

Blackburn Rovers’ squad celebrate promotion in the dressing room after the game at Doncaster
Blackburn Rovers’ squad celebrate promotion in the dressing room after the game at Doncaster Photograph: Rachel Holborn/CameraSport via Getty Images

MK Dons, who parted company with Dan Micciche on Sunday, were pushed to the brink of relegation as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Bradford. Timothee Dieng scored after 12 minutes and Nathaniel Knight-Percival put the result beyond doubt five minutes from time.

Oldham fell back into the relegation zone as Southend eased to a 3-0 win at Boundary Park.

Premier League

Champions: Manchester City

Champions League:
 Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are favourites for the top four with Chelsea five points behind Spurs in fifth.

Europa League: Arsenal
 are guaranteed a top-seven finish but could still reach the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Burnley are one win away from their first European campaign since 1967.

Relegation: West Brom
 are still eight points from safety after their draw with Liverpool. Stoke and Southampton both still have games against Swansea, five points clear of the bottom three. One more win should be enough for Crystal Palace, West Ham, Huddersfield and Brighton to avoid relegation.


Champions: Wolves

Automatic promotion: Cardiff's defeat to Derby leaves them in a race with Fulham, one point behind them – while Aston Villa still have an outside chance of finishing second.

Play-offs: Middlesbrough (72) and Derby (71)  lead the race for the other two spots in the top six. Below them, Millwall, Brentford, Preston, Bristol City and Sheffield United are all still in with a chance.

Relegation: Sunderland are down after their defeat to Burton, who could leapfrog Bolton with victory on Saturday. Barnsley are sandwiched between those two and host Brentford this weekend. will look to take advantage whatever the result there as they host Brentford.

League One

Automatic promotion: Wigan and Blackburn (pictured) have sealed automatic promotion and will now battle for the title.

Play-offs: Shrewsbury and Rotherham, plus two from Charlton, Scunthorpe, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Bradford City.

Relegation: Bury are down while MK Dons have only a mathematical chance of survival. Northampton and Oldham are in the bottom two with WalsallRochdale and Wimbledon still in trouble.

League Two

Automatic promotion: Accrington Stanley and Luton Town are going up, with Stanley needing one more point to secure the title. Wycombe are third with Exeter City, Notts County and Lincoln fighting to overtake them. 

Play-offs: The three who miss out will be joined by either Coventry or Mansfield; the Sky Blues have a three-point cushion.

Relegation: Chesterfield's 97-year Football League stay is over. Barnet are five points behind Grimsby and Morecambe and play the latter on Saturday.

National League: Macclesfield Town have secured the only automatic promotion spot, with one other team set to come up via the six-team play-offs. Tranmere, Sutton and Aldershot have all sealed their places.

Plymouth’s play-off bid took a knock as they were held 1-1 at relegation battlers Rochdale, who kept themselves out of the bottom four. A header by Joel Grant gave Plymouth the lead after 53 minutes but Rochdale quickly responded with Ryan Delaney smashing an equaliser into the top corner.

Chesterfield were relegated from the Football League after Morecambe drew 0-0 with Cambridge. Morecambe moved five clear of League Two’s bottom two and enhanced their survival prospects with two games to go.

Goals from the former Accrington striker Padraig Amond and Frank Nouble prevented Stanley from winning the title as Newport recorded a 2-1 victory. Stanley, requiring a point to confirm they would be going up as champions, suffered their first defeat since January. Accrington, for whom Billy Kee netted a consolation, will still be guaranteed the title if they gain a point in either of their final two matches against Lincoln and Swindon.

A goalless draw between Yeovil and Forest Green ensured both will be playing in League Two next season.