Phew. Where to start?

Championship

• Hull City are staring at one of the more noteworthy chokes of recent times, their 2-0 defeat at Barnsley keeping them only one point ahead of third-placed Watford in the race for the second automatic promotion spot. Having stumbled in a goalless draw at home to relegated Bristol City the previous week, they were well beaten on Saturday by another struggling side, Barnsley, who did their own survival chances a world of good with an impressive win. Jacob Mellis put the Tykes ahead four minutes into the first half, and Chris O'Grady doubled the lead five minutes into the second. The result leaves Steve Bruce's out-of-sorts side needing a win at home to the champions Cardiff City next week to secure promotion. Easy. Watford, meanwhile, are at home to mid-table Leeds United.

• If there's one team rivalling Hull in the end-of-season implosion stakes it's Crystal Palace, who have now gone eight matches without a win after a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers. Stephen Dobbie put Palace ahead but one-man survival expert Jordan Rhodes pegged them back. Palace remain fifth, but only one point ahead of seventh-placed Nottingham Forest, who won 1-0 at Millwall. Bolton Wanderers' draw at Cardiff keeps them in the final play-off place.

• Whither Wolves? A second successive relegation looms as their train wreck of a season went from bad to worse with a 2-1 defeat against a Burnley side who still needed one more victory for safety. They duly got it thanks to goals from Danny Ings and Martin Paterson. With Barnsley winning and Huddersfield boosting their survival chances with a 3-1 win at Bristol City in which James Vaughan scored a hat-trick, Wolves go to Brighton next week needing a win, and favourable results elsewhere, to keep them out of the third tier. Their prospects worsened still further later in the evening when Peterborough's 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday lifted Posh out of the bottom three.

• Brighton will go into the play-offs in form, their 2-1 win at Leeds United ensuring a season extension for Gus Poyet's team. Will Buckley put them ahead early on, but El Hadji Diouf levelled from the spot midway through the second half after Brighton had had Iñigo Calderón sent off for the foul that conceded the penalty. Not one to ever stray too far from the spotlight, Diouf promptly got himself sent off a few minutes later and José Ulloa won it for Brighton in the 88th minute.

League One

• Amid all the rancour at Molineux, one can only wonder what the Wolves manager Dean Saunders is thinking as he glances across at his former club Doncaster Rovers, who snatched promotion – and the League One title – in a crazy final minute of their match to deflate their fellow promotion-chasers Brentford. Doncaster, having slipped up badly last week at home to Notts County, needed a point to secure automatic promotion against a Brentford team who would leapfrog them into second place with victory. Brentford pressed but failed to find the finishing touch, until they were awarded a penalty in injury-time after Dean Furman fouled Toumani Diagouraga. But Marcello Trotta slammed his spot-kick against the bar, Doncaster broke swiftly and James Coppinger scored to seal a return to the Championship at the first attempt. The late drama also brought Brian Flynn's team the League One title after Bournemouth could only draw at Tranmere Rovers. Uwe Rössler may now have a job to do to lift his side for the play-offs, where they will face Swindon Town. Sheffield United play Yeovil in the other semi-final.

• At the bottom, Scunthorpe United filled the final relegation place. Needing both a win and a defeat for 20th-placed Colchester United, they beat Swindon 3-1 thanks to two late goals, but their result was rendered irrelevant by Colchester's 2-0 win at Carlisle United.

• Plaudits to Crewe Alexandra, who fielded an entire XI of graduates from their oft-praised academy for their final match of the season against Walsall, and were rewarded with a 2-0 win. Luke Murphy, with a penalty, and Chuks Aneke were their scorers to round off a satisfying first season back in the third tier for Steve Davis's side, who also won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy earlier this month.

League Two

• One of three London clubs always looked likely to drop going into Saturday's games and in the end it was the habitual last-day escape artists Barnet who finally fell, their 2-0 defeat at Northampton and AFC Wimbledon's tense 2-1 win over Fleetwood condemning them. Dagenham were also reprieved despite losing to York in a match that both sides went into in peril but came out of with Football League places intact.

• So fan-owned neutrals' favourites Wimbledon survive after a difficult second campaign in the League. After a goalless first half against Fleetwood the much-travelled Gary Alexander, on loan from Crawley, put the Dons ahead after 61 minutes only for the visitors to equalise within three minutes through Andy Mangan. But Neal Ardley's side were awarded a penalty eight minutes later and Jack Midson, on his 100th appearance for the Dons, hit the goal that ensured survival and celebration in south-west London.

• Northampton were always the dominant side against Barnet, who will have to face their first season away from their Underhill ground, and their home borough, back in non-league football. Roy O'Donovan and Luke Guttridge scored for the play-offs-bound Cobblers at Sixfields.

• Joining the Bees back in the Conference will be Aldershot Town, whose task always looked formidable away to a Rotherham United side who needed to win to clinch automatic promotion, which they duly did thanks to second-half goals from Johnny Mullins and Lee Frecklington to crown an excellent first season at their New York Stadium for the Millers. Port Vale's promotion, already more or less guaranteed, was confirmed in a 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers, though they slipped a place to third. In the play-offs Bradford City will play Burton Albion, and Northampton face Cheltenham Town.